It’s no secret that turmeric, that yellow powder that gives curry its signature color, has plenty of benefits when taken by people. But did you know that it may offer tons of health benefits when given to older dogs as well?
Also known as Indian saffron, the spice has an active ingredient called curcumin, which is also found in dog supplements approved by vets. The ingredient is said to have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Here are several ways it can help improve your older dog’s overall health.
Anti-aging via inflammation reduction and prevention
While short-term inflammation can be good for the body, when it continues to last, it becomes associated with a slew of serious health issues from heart disease to cancer.
An excellent way to fight the latter is consuming turmeric, which, as previously mentioned, has the anti-inflammatory ingredient curcumin. Senior dogs, who are suffering from arthritis and other joint pains will benefit from a little of the ingredient.
One study shows that curcumin has an effect on the growth of cancer and its spread in the body.
What’s more, intake of the yellow powder is also associated with the inhibition of growth of blood vessels within tumors while also being an effective cancer cell killer.
Promotes healthy joints
Like people, dogs get less physically active as they age. They become more prone to various joint pains and aches, preventing them from running around like they used to.
If you’re noticing this change in behavior in your senior dog, you may want to start giving them a curcumin supplement to help bring back the spring in their step.
All dogs, young and old, can benefit from a little turmeric in their diets if they’re suffering from digestive issues. Its active ingredient curcumin actually promotes better bile production within the liver, which then aids in proper digestion.
Promotes heart health
Another fantastic thing about curcumin is that it also acts as a blood thinner. This characteristic enables it to help the body dispose of excess cholesterol and prevent blood clots from forming.
The ingredient is also known to regulate blood pressure by enhancing the function of blood vessel linings.
Turmeric can also act as a chronic pain reliever because of its fantastic anti-inflammatory properties.
There is even a study that says the powder may be as effective as ibuprofen when it comes to relieving pain and with fewer side effects. It’s important to note though that ibuprofen should never be given to dogs.
It improves brain activity
While aging is most noticeable because of its effects on a dog’s physical appearance and health, it can affect your little buddy in less obvious ways.
Dogs can suffer from neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, similar to their human counterparts. Curcumin has been proven to clear brain plaques that are often associated with the disease.
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How to incorporate turmeric into a dog’s diet
The simplest way to give your dog the beneficial powder is by directly sprinkling some of it on their food. However, some dogs may not like the taste of turmeric and refuse to eat their food once it’s been mixed with the spice.
If this happens, your best bet is to ask your veterinarian for a supplement that contains the ingredient. To make turmeric’s absorption into the body more effective, look for a supplement that also contains black pepper and some form of healthy fat.