Turmeric Paste (with Peanut Butter for Picky Eaters)
Mix 1.5 cups of organic turmeric powder and 3 cups water into a pot on medium heat for 7 minutes. Then add 4.5 teaspoons of ground black pepper, 3/4 cup coconut oil, 1/16 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon, and two spoonfuls of natural peanut butter (omit if your dog has an allergy to this).
Feed 3-4 times a week. This supplement can be fed to both kibble and raw fed dogs.
Feed 1/4 teaspoon per 10 pounds of your pets body weight.
1.5 cup organic turmeric powder
3 cup water
2 spoonfuls of peanut butter (natural only!)
4.5 teaspoons of ground black pepper
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/16 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon*
The Ceylon cinnamon is added for a select few dogs that can have a "urine" odor after ingesting turmeric. This can be omitted if your dog does not have this issue. If your dog isn't a picky eater, you do not have to include the natural peanut butter either. The natural peanut butter is only meant for masking the taste. The rest of the ingredients need to be included in the recipe to have the full benefits of the turmeric and for it to form into a paste. "There are several components that can increase bio-availability. For example, piperine is the major active component of black pepper and, when combined in a complex with curcumin (found in turmeric), has been shown to increase bio-availability by 2000%. Curcumin combined with enhancing agents provides multiple health benefits" (Hewlings, Susan J and Douglas S Kalman). The coconut oil and water assist the black pepper and turmeric powder to absorb and form into a paste.
Turmeric is best preserved by freezing the paste into silicone molds (equivalent to ice cube trays), but can be stored in a glass jar (not plastic or it will stain) for up to a week.
Once frozen, place cubes into a freezer zip lock bag.
Turmeric paste helps with a dogs overall health in preventing inflammation of the joints and can help with diseases such as cancer. "Based on early cell culture and animal research, clinical trials indicate curcumin (found in turmeric) may have potential as a therapeutic agent in diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis, and chronic anterior uveitis, as well as certain types of cancer" (Altern Med).
1) Hewlings, Susan J and Douglas S Kalman. “Curcumin: A Review of Its' Effects on Human Health” Foods (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 6,10 92. 22 Oct. 2017, doi:10.3390/foods6100092
2) Altern Med Rev. 2009 Sep;14(3):277
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