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Why and when would you feed your horses Turmeric?

By Saskia Ostermeier August 01, 2018

Turmeric, a yellow / orange coloured Indian herb used for centuries in India as a spice and for its bio-active ingredients with powerful health benefits.

The main active compound is Curcumin.

Turmeric as an aid for itchy skin (and sarcoids) conditions in horses

There are a wide variety of successful stories regards this subject, depending on which type of sarcoids you are dealing with.

Curcumin as an Arthritis aid for horses

Joint inflammation is one of the symptoms of Arthritis. There are a variety of types of Arthritis, many involve some sort of inflammation in the joints.

Turmeric may support soothing the symptoms of Arthritis in horses but it is not known to improve the quality of the cartilage, joint fluid and bone.

Some studies concluded that the potency of Curcumin is comparable or even higher than Bute.

As most research regards dose rate has been done with human patients, an official dose rate has not been established.

Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. Inflammation gets dealt with on a molecule level!

Low Absorption

Absorption rate of Curcumin is low, therefore it is advised to add Piperine, which is a natural extract from Black Pepper and enhances the absorption by 2000%.

Adding oils to the horses feed, supports absorption due to its fat solubility.

All AllinFlex products with Turmeric or Curcumin have added Piperine in right ratio.

Curcumin as an Anti-Oxidant Aid

One of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases is believed to be Oxidative damage. Which are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons or in other words Free Radicals reacting with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA.

The chemical structure of Curcumin has the ability to act like an strong anti-oxidant with the ability to neutralise free radicals. On top of that Curcumin stimulates the body's own anti-oxidant enzymes.

How to added it to the horses feed?

  • Make sure you put plenty of moist in their feed and OIL for better absorption
  • You can make a paste which last a while in the fridge. Add the paste to the feed or paste it directly in the horses mouth.

How to make a paste?

Golden Paste Recipe;

You make the paste by 1/2 a cup filtered water to a low simmer and mix in 1/4 cup of ground Turmeric, stir for 5 to 10 min till it forms a thick paste, then add oil and stir well. (Add water if needed) Store this paste in your fridge, poor in ice cube tray and it will last for up to 2 weeks. 

As Turmeric can have an effect on Iron metabolism in the horses body, which may develop in Anemia. Therefore it is not advisable to feed it to horses with a chronic disease or anemia. Or for a prolonged time.

Not to be taken when in foal, lactating, on medication like Omeprazole or 2 weeks before an operation.

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