What is it?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, found in Indonesia and southern India, and is known for its widespread use in many South Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Widely used as a spice, it increasingly has been recognised as a powerful medicinal remedy that influences many aspects of your health. Most notably, turmeric has been found to reduce tumours in animals by an astounding 81% in over 9 studies. Researchers at UCLA have even found that curcumin is able to block cancer growth.
In turmeric is also something known as curcumin, a natural phenol. Named for the plant from which it’s derived, curcumin is the pigment that gives turmeric its distinctive colour and is thought to be the source of the many medicinal effects turmeric is being known to have. According to peer-reviewed research, curcumin alone is known to positively impact over 560 diseases.
While commonly used medicinally for decades, turmeric as a herbal medicine caught the attention of the modern world only recently. Scientists have only just begun revealing the exact health benefits of this plant.
Vitamins: Pantothenic Acid (B5), and Folic Acid (B9).
Minerals: Calcium (Ca), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Iron (Fe), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), and Zinc (Zn).
Other Nutrients: Fiber.
Turmeric is reported to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Curcumin is believed to be a potent anti-inflammatory, according to professionals at the University of Florida's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This can be helpful for painful inflammatory conditions.
Beneficial to the Liver
Curcumin is believed to stimulate bile production in the liver, essential to the digestion of dietary fats. As working dogs need their diets to consist of at least 20 per cent fat, healthy bile production is paramount to good health. Pregnant, nursing and underweight dogs also need a diet fairly high in fat, which means they need healthy bile production to digest it all.
Antioxidants are substances such as vitamin C or E that remove potentially damaging agents, called free radicals, from the body. Free radicals can wreak havoc in the body and possibly lead to such conditions as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dogs need antioxidants just as humans do to mitigate this free radical damage. There are many options for providing antioxidants to your dog, including fruits and vegetables. The active ingredients in turmeric, though, will also provide an antioxidant boost to your dog’s food.
Synergistic Effect With Other Herbs
Curcumin can provide a synergistic effect with other herbs, which means the herbs increase each other's beneficial effects. Bromelain, an extract of pineapple stems, is a herb that works well in this way with curcumin. Bromelain can decrease what is known as "circulating immune complexes," which can cause immune system damage. Combined with curcumin, the two increase each other's absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, by taking both curcumin and bromeliad, the body will absorb more of both herbs than if they were taken alone.
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