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Turmeric for your Scottie

I have discovered that Turmeric can make a huge difference in your Scottie’s health and even their lifespan?

Research shows it’s true … the spice Turmeric has been found to trump a lot of fancy, expensive drugs.

  • Arthritis drugs

  • Steroids

  • Chemotherapy

  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

These are a whole lot of reasons to give your Scottie turmeric!

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin – which is essentially its active ingredient. Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anticancer activities. It can help fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues, Alzheimers and more.

Turmeric Is Anti-Inflammatory

I thought inflammation was only a problem for dogs with joint disease … but chronic, hidden inflammation is a silent killer. Turns out that it’s the root of nearly all disease.

Cancer, arthritis, allergies, kidney disease, dental disease, digestive disease … it’s all caused by inflammation.

Not all inflammation in the body is a bad thing. If your dog is exposed to viruses or bacteria, acute inflammation will release white blood cells to the body tissues and start the healing process. But chronic inflammation – the kind of low-grade inflammation that stays for weeks, months and even years – is the real culprit behind most degenerative and inflammatory health issues in our dogs.

Researchers are finding that heart disease can be linked to dental disease. Chronic bladder infections can lead to bladder cancer. And they’re finding that chronic low-grade inflammation is a major driver of joint degeneration.

A 2014 study found that the curcumin found in turmeric outperformed ibuprofen in people with arthritis. But turmeric doesn’t just control the inflammation in joint disease. Other studies have found that the curcumin in Tumeric worked just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs … and worked better than both aspirin and ibuprofen.

Inflammation is the key driver of most disease in the body … and turmeric is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories either nature or medicine has to offer.

Turmeric Can Treat And Prevent Cancer

Chronic inflammation can lead to cancer and turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that curcumin could stop the precancerous changes from becoming cancer. So turmeric can help prevent cancer.

But turmeric can also treat cancer naturally. Cancer research studies done on turmeric have shown some very promising results. It’s been shown to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing.

The American Cancer Society claims “Curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of it’s ability to reduce tumor size and kill cancer cells.

Half of adult dogs today will get cancer, so I think turmeric could be a great way to protect our Scotties from inflammation and cancer. Wow! I'm going to have it to!

Turmeric Can Relieve Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is the result of inflammation so again turmeric can decrease arthritic incidence. It can also relieve the pain and stiffness in arthritis … better than conventional pain medications.

In 2014 a group of researchers in Thailand published a study comparing the effects of curcumin vs ibuprofen treatment in patients with knee osteoarthritis. They found that curcumin worked just as well as ibuprofen to reduce pain … but without the gastrointestinal side effects experienced by the patients who took ibuprofen.

Turmeric Can Treat Gastrointestinal Disorders

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects can also be helpful in treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as other gastrointestinal disorders. It’s been shown in several preclinical studies and uncontrolled clinical trials as having positive effects on gut inflammation and gut permeability.

Turmeric Can Replace Steroids

Many dogs are on steroids for allergies, skin problems and joint pain – but some studies show the curcumin in tumeric is just as effective as steroids. The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids.

One study showed that combining tumeric with a steroid reduced the side effects of this dangerous medication.

And that’s the main benefit of turmeric – not only can it work just as well as many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it doesn’t carry the same nasty, unwanted side effects.

How To Give Your Scottie Turmeric

So if you’re ready to give your Scottie turmeric, there are a few things you need to know. The curcumin in turmeric is hard for a dog to absorb if it’s given by itself. So it’s important to combine turmeric with a healthy oil like coconut oil. This can increase the absorption significantly. It has also been found that a a little black pepper can increase the absorption of curcumin by up to 2,000%. So you can’t give turmeric by itself and expect good results. I add turmeric and black pepper to my BARF (Bone And Raw Food) mix.

You can make a paste to add directly to your Scottie’s meals, they don’t seem to mind the taste at all!

Turmeric Paste Recipe:

1/2 cup Turmeric

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 teaspoons of black pepper

1/4 cup coconut oil

Place all ingredients in a saucepan and stir liquid over low to medium heat for about 7 to 10 minutes or until a thick paste forms. If too liquidy just add a little more Turmeric. Allow to cool and store in jar in fridge. Use paste within two weeks after which any remains should be discarded and a new batch made.

1/2 to 1 tsp per day for Scotties.

You’ll want to give turmeric with every meal because curcumin leaves the body quickly.

And you’ll want to be careful when you’re working with turmeric … its bright yellow color can stain your hands, countertops and your dog! So mix your turmeric paste well into their food, wheaten Scotties may develop a yellow mustache! I add turmeric and pepper to my BARF mixture and feed at every meal and I haven't noticed and discolouration in my Scotties, including my wheaten girl!

Turmeric is binding and can cause constipation but I have not found any problems as my Scotties get plenty of fluids between their water bowl and the bone broth. I just add a little bone broth with meals!

Some Dogs Shouldn’t Get Turmeric

Turmeric can also interact with some medications, including anti-inflammatory and diabetes drugs, and it may interfere with some chemotherapy treatments … so if your Scottie’s on any medications, check with your vet before adding turmeric to their diet. Chances are, it will only help but it’s always best to check.

Bonus – Turmeric Is A Powerful Antioxidant

So there are a whole lot of reasons to start giving your Scottie turmeric. Best of all turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and antioxidants can slow down aging, degeneration and even increase lifespan.

The main benefit of antioxidants is that they help fight free radical damage. They’re the byproduct of metabolism, sometimes the immune system creates them to fight viruses and bacteria, and they’re also formed when your dog is exposed to chemicals, pesticides, processed foods, pollution, radiation and toxins. I think EVERY dog should be getting turmeric every day and I think I should be having it to!.

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