Turmeric for Dogs
By Hungry Bark | July 29, 2020
Most of us will recognize the potent, vibrant mustard colored spice that is turmeric. Many cultures have been using it for centuries as both an amazing flavorant and a medicine. Due to its amazing health properties for humans, turmeric has gained quite a bit of attention over the last few years. So many wonder, if turmeric is good for humans, is turmeric good for dogs as well?
Is turmeric safe for dogs?
Turmeric is a spice, which means it is a ground plant substance. Certain plants, like ivy or tulip bulbs, are dangerous for dogs and should be avoided. Turmeric, however, is from the ginger family, and ginger is typically considered safe for dogs.
While there hasn’t been enough research conducted to conclude that turmeric is 100% safe for dogs, there are many studies conducted on humans that indicate that turmeric is both a safe and powerful superfood. In turn, the medical community believes that dogs can be administered turmeric in small quantities.
Is turmeric good for dogs?
While turmeric is considered safe for dogs to ingest, is it good for them? Human studies suggest that dogs can also benefit from this powerful superfood. When given in small quantities, turmeric can provide dogs the same myriad of health benefits that we see in humans.
The Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs
Turmeric’s main component, curcumin, is to thank for its impressive list of health benefits. Curcumin alone has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing, and anticancer properties. It’s because of curcumin that turmeric boasts a long list of healthy effects including:
- Dramatic decrease in inflammation
- Improved brain function
- Increased heart health
- More overall antioxidant capacity
- Reduction of cancer risk
- Lower rates of depression
- Slower aging
Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory
Turmeric is perhaps most widely celebrated for its anti-inflammatory properties in particular. Inflammation is your body’s response to infection or trauma. Many common diseases like arthritis, kidney disease, dental disease, allergies, and even, cancer are caused by some level of chronic inflammation. Unfortunately long-term inflammation can be extremely detrimental to your dog’s health and cause them serious pain.
That’s where turmeric comes in. Almost surprisingly, turmeric, as a completely natural substance, surpassed ibuprofen in a recent study.
Turmeric as an Antioxidant
Turmeric’s other claim to fame is its antioxidative nature. As an antioxidant, turmeric fights off free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause the aging and degeneration of cells in the body. To keep your dog young and feeling good, it’s important to include antioxidants in your dog’s diet.
When all is said and done, it’s no surprise that Hungry Bark includes turmeric in every kibble recipe. This popular superfood can also be found in Hungry Bark’s Whole Health Multivitamin as an easy way to ensure your dog is reaching their optimal nutrition.