Well, depends. For those who don’t know, curcumin constitutes about 2% of the turmeric root, it is what gives curry that bright yellow colour. Turmeric is a Rhizome and belongs to the ginger family.
Turmeric is one of the most vastly studied herbs on the market, with over 3000 research articles and counting!
With all the wonderful proven benefits it is claimed to have, such as; supports joints, digestion, liver health and more, it is generally taken and used for as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief however, not all the curcumins on the market are created equal.
Turmeric as a spice is great to cook with, but it is rapidly broken down in the body, so getting any pain relief with only using Turmeric is not effective, plus you would need to consume a lot of it, and the same goes for your pet. Now Curcumin, which is found 2% in Turmeric is the active anti-inflammatory component. However, curcumin is also broken down fairly quickly in the body and is also poorly absorbed.
What you want to look for when shopping for a good supplement both for you and your pet is free-form curcumin.
Because of the particle reduction and the bound unique tri-lipid blend, this form of curcumin does not get rapidly broken down, in fact, as the name suggests, it is free to stay in the body and do its job once it is absorbed into the small intestine. The difference is that once it goes into the small intestine, most supplements after that get excreted by the liver and out it goes. Free-form does not get excreted, rather gets taken up through the lipid metabolism via the lymphatic system and from there reaches inflamed tissues where it can do its work, end THEN goes to the liver because all good things must come to an end. This form is also free to cross the blood brain barrier, once it does that it is free to do its miraculous job by preventing and reducing plaque on the brain which leads to cognitive decline and disease.
I myself take this form and because knowledge is power, so do my four-legged kids. No one likes to live with pain, and I am personally thrilled that there are more natural options for pain relief to choose from.
I hope you and your pets will find this article useful!
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.