Turmeric is a spice from the ginger family that has long been recognised for its medicinal properties. It is the major source of the polyphenol curcumin and the main ingredient in Golden Paste.
Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, wound healing and anticancer properties. It can help fight diseases like arthritis, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal issues and more. In dogs it is used as a joint formula and general wellbeing supplement.
– Golden Turmeric Paste Recipe –
½ cup Organic Turmeric Powder (with Curcumin level of 4.5–5.5%)
1 cup Water (another cup if needed)
⅓ cup Organic or Cold Pressed Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
1 ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
5 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon (Optional)
1. Mix turmeric and water in a pan. Stir over gentle heat for 7–10 minutes or until you have a thick paste. Add more water if needed.
2. Add pepper and oil at the end. Stir well. Let it cool.
The Golden Turmeric Paste will keep for 2 weeks when refrigerated, or you can also freeze it for future use.
Why add black pepper?
Black pepper contains the bioactive compound piperine which enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%.
Why add coconut or olive oil?
Turmeric is fat-soluble – meaning it dissolves in fats. Without the fats binding it, the turmeric struggles to make it through the liver and stomach without being absorbed prematurely, and into the small intestines where it can be transferred through to the blood. So, by mixing the turmeric with good fats, like coconut or olive oil, it will be more likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Curcumin also shows increased permeability when combined with quercetin and resveratrol. Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid) and found in apples, berries, capsicums, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, cabbage, spinach, kale, herbs and quinoa. Resveratrol is found in blueberries and cranberries. Both quercetin and resveratrol are high in antioxidants.
Introduce the Golden Turmeric Paste slowly into your dog’s meal. Depending on the weight, you can start with ¼ – ½ tsp and build up to 1 tbsp for a large dog. Turmeric leaves the body quickly, so it’s best to feed smaller amounts a few times a day. Turmeric can interact with some medications. If you’re unsure, always consult with your vet or pet nutritionist.
How can you add The Golden Turmeric Paste into your dog’s diet?
The Golden Turmeric Paste is so versatile that it can be added into your dog’s meals in a range of ways. You can mix it up with your dog’s regular meal, or add the paste into a homemade bone broth. You can also incorporate the paste into your dog’s treats, such as home-baked biscuits, patties and dehydrated meat. You can coat your dog’s raw meaty bones with the paste, or add into a warmed goat’s milk and make a turmeric latte! Fancy!