Is Turmeric Enough?
A year ago
Turmeric certainly is (deservedly) getting a lot of press for its beneficial impact on pets and humans. But is turmeric on its own enough to help your pet?
As always, it depends. Turmeric has been shown to work on several of the body's inflammatory pathways, making it a superstar helper for digestive, musculoskeletal, brain, skin...total body health! At Derby HQ, we supplement dogs and horses young and old with turmeric to help mitigate the impact that chronic inflammation can have on their long-term quality of life.
Turmeric can also be a great supplement for enhancing mobility in older dogs and horses...but for that purpose, it can perform even better with a helper. Boswellia serrata is a resin from the Indian Frankincense plant that has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties.
This study compared a 500 mg turmeric extract capsule vs a 500 mg capsule providing a combination of turmeric and boswelia extract (350 mg and 150 mg, respectively) given three times daily to a population with osteoarthritis.
The combination of turmeric and boswelia significantly improved physical function and relieved pain compared to placebo after 3-months. In contrast, turmeric alone was not quite as effective for joint pain relief.
So, if you're giving turmeric to an arthritic companion, why not supercharge their regimen with a bit of boswellia? And when you do, drop us a line and let us know how it goes!
(Schatzi, pictured, relies on her Golden Years Bites with Turmeric and Boswellia to stay vigilant in her 11th year as Assistant Manager--and occasionally Assistant Trainer--at her owner's busy horse farm.)