Is Turmeric Good for Dogs?
We are now up to the letter “T” in our dog food ingredient series. Today we are writing about the spice Turmeric.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family that is native to southeast India. Derivatives of the plant are boiled and dried in hot ovens before being ground into the orange-yellow powder that is used as a spice.
Common names for Turmeric
There aren’t many non-scientific names other than turmeric and cucurma. In dog food, you will only see turmeric.
Why is Turmeric in Dog Food?
Turmeric is added to dog food because of its numerous health benefits (see below). It is also a flavor enhancer that can improve palatability. Many of the plants benefits are derived from the compound called curcumin, which is found in the roots and bulbs.
Is Turmeric Commonly Used in Dog Food?
Turmeric is in about 4% of all dog foods. It is used mostly in dry foods, of all the foods with turmeric as an ingredient, 96% of these were dry and only 4% were wet/canned.
Common Benefits or Risks of Turmeric
Turmeric is a source of manganese, iron and vitamin B-6.
The curumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can anti-oxidant which some research has shown can provide many benefits to the body including:
- Supports a healthy digestive system
- Promotes healthy skin and eyes
- Supports the immune system
- Promotes joint health
- Encourages healthy liver function
- Maintains healthy blood sugar levels within normal range
There are some studies that also suggest that turmeric can decrease the risk of and onset of some forms of cancer.
Turmeric does act as a binding agent, so proper hydration is important to reduce the likelihood that your dog experience bouts of constipation.
Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level
Turmeric is safe ingredient with a plethora of health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it well suited for older dogs especially, as a way to moderate osteoarthritis symptoms. Turmeric gets the SlimDoggy Happy Face.
Miscellaneous facts about Turmeric
Turmeric is considered holy in India and has been used extensively in various Hindu ceremonies for many centuries.
Sources and further reading
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