To begin with, in my culture, turmeric is EVERYTHING. You add it in literally everything and everywhere!
As far as I can remember, this yellow, sunset-themed powder was given to me as a child in the milk. Any cuts and bruises and it was traditionally mixed in saliva and applied on the bruise (As gross as that may sound to my adult brain, it is one of my fondest memories with my grandmother). As nostalgic as that memory and earthy scent are, I've always and with good results added turmeric to my diet.
So, if turmeric is all that good for us as humans, shouldn't it do wonders for our 4 legged companions as well? Short answer, yes! Long answer, Hell yes! As with everything, balance is key, and many factors to take into account; the size of the dog, pre-existing health conditions, allergies, sensitivities, mode of introduction, etc.
Not all turmeric is created equally; there are variants with their own purposes. In India, there are several types of turmeric that serve various purposes of living; cosmetic, culinary, cloth dye, sacred, and ayurvedic medicine. The one we are looking for is the variety of Curcuma longa, with its generous color and full-bodied peppery, mustard-ish scent.
Studies have shown that turmeric taken on its own is not entirely absorbed by the body or not enough is absorbed and may be excreted. These studies also indicate bioavailability is improved by giving turmeric with piperine (a component of black pepper), or with fat, such as coconut oil. It's this discovery that drives the interest in Golden paste.
The recipe for Golden Paste is so easy, you will be doing this by yourself in no time!
Golden Paste Recipe for Dogs
½ cup organic turmeric powder.
1 cup water.
⅓ cup raw, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil.
2-3 tsp cracked black pepper.
Boil the turmeric and water together before lowering the heat and simmering while whisking until it turns into a paste (this should take 10 minutes). Add the pepper and oil after it’s been removed from heat and cooled down. It's that easy!
What does this lovely golden paste do for our fur-babies you ask?
Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent addition to the diet of dogs and cats
- Aids Digestion
Reduces gas, bloating, aids in fat metabolism, and overall weight management. Helps dogs with sensitive GI tracts; hence indirectly relieving/ alleviating diarrhea and allergies.
Aids in preventing the formation of cataracts
A word of caution:
If your dog has gallbladder stones or bile duct obstruction, you shouldn’t give him golden paste. Dogs with diabetes may also want to be cautious, as golden paste can lower blood sugar.