DIY Turmeric Pills/ Golden Paste
Turmeric has lots of different health benefits for us humans as well as for our dogs. It contains a component called curcumin which is the main active and beneficial component in turmeric. Dogs that suffer from inflammation (of all kinds, such as skin inflammation or internal inflammation), arthritis and cancer seem to benefit from curcumin which is a strong anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant. Unfortunately our body cannot metabolize curcumin efficiently which is why you need to add some ingredients to it. By making a very simple turmeric paste also called Golden Paste you and your dog can easily benefit from it. You will need:
1/2 cup turmeric powder (preferably organic because it contains more curcumin)
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp freshly grounded black pepper
1/4 cup coconut oil (preferably organic cold pressed)
Combine the turmeric powder with the water and stir well on medium/low heat. After 7 to 10 minutes the liquid should turn into a thick paste. If your paste is too watery just add some more turmeric powder. If your paste seems too thick add a little bit more water. Be aware that turmeric can leave yellow stains on your hands, clothing and kitchen.
Once you are happy with the consistency of your paste add the grounded black pepper and coconut oil. It is very important that you add the pepper and coconut oil because they make curcumin easier to absorb (increase the bioavailability). You can also add a bit of cinnamon to your paste which is said to neutralize the smell and taste.
Stir well and let the paste cool down. Now, you can either put the paste in a jar with a lid and keep it refrigerated for about 2 weeks or you could make some handy turmeric pills. To make the pills you will need a silicone baking mat with half round shapes.
Distribute the paste evenly on the bottom of the mat, push a little bit so that the wholes get filled and scrape leftovers off with a spatula.
Now, grab your mat and put it in a freezer overnight. The next morning you can pop the little pills out of the baking mat and store them in a little jar or container (with lid). I always keep a little jar with pills in the refrigerator and store the rest in the freezer. In the fridge the paste/pills will stay fresh for two to three weeks max.
Just add the little pills (or the paste) to your dogs food (or your own food). Start with small amounts depending on the size of your dog. My pills contain about 1/8 tsp turmeric paste so I give my dog two pills a day. In general they say that you can start with 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp. Personally I don’t enjoy the taste of turmeric paste so I mix it with a little yogurt or kefir. You can do the same for your dog.