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Turmeric: It’s the ultimate superfood and belongs to the ginger family. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant. It’s also a serious antiviral and  will help  get rid of influenza virus. Curcumin is the active ingredient in tumeric , the compounds are called curcuminoids. The tea helps open up congested airways and is a healthy alternative to cold medicines.

Turmeric contains some very potent polyphenols, which have the ability to protect cellular DNA and repair  existing damage from carcinogens, for example.

Turmeric helps the heart and the circulation throughout the body. It can help with the flow of blood to  the heart and encourage anti-platelet activity, reducing the risk of plaque build up in the arteries.

Turmeric also helps improves blood flow through the liver, improving the efficacy of liver detoxifying  pathways as well as stimulating the cellular repair mechanisms in damaged liver cells. The improvement in blood flow and quality impacts the quality of the skin.Turmeric also helps balance levels of bacteria in the digestive.

Turmeric can be found in root, powder and even capsule form. Turmeric powder is about 3 percent curcumin, and extracts are 95%. While most clinical research studies look at turmeric extracts, consuming ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with food per day has health benefits as studies have shown.,  Smaller amounts between 500 and 2,000 milligrams of turmeric per day  (15 ro 60 mg of curcumin)  can also be beneficial.

Studies have called it “Cure-cumin” because of its long list of therapeutic and clinical benefits.

Turmeric and how it benefits dogs: 

“the recommended dose of turmeric for dogs is 15 mg – 20 mg per pound of body weight per day, or more simply put, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp per day for every 10 lbs in weight.”

Turmeric doesn’t absorb well into the body on its own, mixing it up with a healthy fat or even some black pepper will help. You can give it to your dog directly or add it to it’s  food. Making it in to a paste form is best for when feeding it to your dog.

It is recommended that you check with your vet before you start administering anything new to your dog,The capsules are designed for humans and may contain more turmeric than your dog should have.

It is best to start off slowly when you are first starting to give your dog turmeric, especially with the  dogs who have sensitive stomachs. Turmeric can make the sensitive stomachs irritated, starting off with one-fifth of the recommended dosage is best as you should know how your dog will adjust to the intake of turmeric.   Turmeric dosage is based on the dog’s  weight, and then gradually increase the dose after that until you have reached the maximum dose. Here is a basic guideline:

1-10 lbs.: 1/16-1/8 tsp. of powder or ½ capsules

10-20 lbs.: 1/8-¼- tsp. or ½-1 capsule

20-50 lbs.: ¼ tsp.-1 tsp. powder or 1-2 capsules

50-100 lbs.: 1 tsp.-2 tsp. powder or 1-2 capsules

More than 100 lbs.: 2 tsp which is the equivalent of an adult human dose of capsules

Some vets will sell chewable forms of turmeric ‘tablets’that contain coconut oil which helps the hip and joint health in dogs as well as those  who have arthritis.

 

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