How Can Turmeric Help My Horse's Joints?
With thousands of equine joint supplements, it is difficult to know where to begin. Here we talk about the powerful effects turmeric can have. Although it is a “natural” ingredient, it has been proven to be more effective than other anti-inflammatories in certain studies.
Turmeric is a spice which has been used and consumed by humans for thousands of years due to its medicinal properties.
So what is Turmeric?
We often see it in our spice cupboard in a ground powder form but where does it come from? Turmeric is a root from the ginger family. Turmeric is grown in many countries but can come in different forms and strengths.
What is the difference between Turmeric and Curcumin?
Curcumin is a chemical compound within Turmeric. It is the most scientifically researched component of turmeric. Look at it this way. Turmeric is the whole root and Curcumin is an active component of that.
How does Turmeric help my horses joints?
There has been a massive pool of research, both in humans and domestic animals – including the horse – and is well documented for a number of characteristics across the board for equine welfare.
- Anti-Inflammatory properties – The Arthritis Foundation cites several studies in which turmeric has reduced inflammation.
- Supports muscle mass & Joint Health
- Powerful Antioxidant – targeting those areas which have been a result of oxidative stress
Why is Turmeric poorly absorbed?
Turmeric and Curcumin isn’t absorbed into the digestive system very well, not only that the body recognises it as a toxin. If you are wanting to see the benefits from your turmeric supplement it is essential to feed with active ingredients such as Black Pepper and a carrier oil as it is not water soluble.
What is the best turmeric equine supplement?
There are many available, although some are better than others. Here is what to look out for:
- Curcumin % content. We would recommend choosing a supplement with 5% or higher curcumin levels
- Mixed with Black Pepper – It must contain black pepper to help absorbency and to activate the anti-inflammatory and other properties within Turmeric
- Contain Oil – If the supplement does not contain oil, it will be difficult for the horse to absorb the Turmeric
- Pellet, Powder or Liquid – Turmeric comes in all forms but the best and most effective way is to feed as a pellet. There will be no wastage and a pellet improves efficacy of the Turmeric.
The only pelleted turmeric supplement on the market, TurmerAid™ remains effective as the ingredients are evenly distributed in each pellet and are only released when the horse bites into them. There is no risk of individual ingredients dissipating inside the tub over time and the horse subsequently receiving an unbalanced measure.