Curcumin is a member of the ginger family of spices and is the principal ingredient
of turmeric commonly used in curry. In addition to use as a spice and pigment, turmeric
has been used as an Ayruvedic medicine in India and China for over a millennium.
It is believed that the spice has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities and
may be useful in the treatment of cancer.
Curcumin acts as a free-radical neutraliser preventing free radicals from stealing
electrons and damaging healthy cells. It also inhibits the body’s chemical response
to inflammation by nullifying chemical messengers.
Curcumin has a positive effect on the gut as it increases mucin content, thereby
protecting the gastric mucosa against problems and it may also protect against gastro-intestinal
ulcers. Curcumin increases bile acid production in dogs.
It is believed that curcumin has a sharp and transient hypotensive effect on the
heart and may inhibit the build up of platelets. It also prevents build up of cholesterol
in the liver.
Curcumin is also purported to promote healthy skin by working as an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal
agent inhibiting growth of most organisms such as Straph aureus, Streptococci, lactobacilli,
corynebacterium, Baccilus aureus, and micrococcus pyogenes.
When used as an everyday supplement for dogs it helps to maintain the natural anti-inflammatory
actions of a dog’s metabolism.