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Curcumin For Cats

Posted 2020-09-25

What Is Curcumin?

Often called Turmeric, Curcumin, in fact, is a medicinal compound that is found in Turmeric. Turmeric has many medicinal compounds called curcuminoids, which are natural phenols (organic compounds) that are responsible for turmeric’s distinctive yellow color. Curcumin is the main active curcuminoid found in Turmeric, which is why people often use these terms interchangeably. Turmeric itself is a root that is mostly cultivated in Asia and Africa as a spice most often seen in curry powder and has been extensively studied for its herbal medicinal properties.


What Is It Used For?

Aside from being used as a tasty spice, in herbal medicine Turmeric is renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. It has also been used for various medical conditions, such as colon and breast cancer, liver and arthritis disease, gastric ulcers, hemorrhoids, and cystic fibrosis. More recently, studies have been done to study the effects of curcumin on dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and Alzheimer’s disease.


Curcumin And Pets

Curcumin has been used by people for centuries, however, it is only recently that Turmeric has gained popularity for pets given that our furkiddos are prone to many of the same health conditions that we humans are. Several diseases that our pets can be affected by, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal issues, are rooted in chronic inflammation, which makes Curcumin a great option for treatment. A study in 2014 using Curcumin, outperformed some conventional medications in treating inflammation.


Curcumin For Cats

Curcumin has shown to reduce low-grade, acute inflammation by releasing white blood cells to body tissues. Types of cancer like Gastrointestinal Lymphoma can form from chronic inflammation. With Curcumin’s proven effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory, it is possible that it could prevent precancerous changes advancing to cancer. Studies have shown that it can prevent the growth of new cancer cells. The curcumin has been shown to shrink the size of tumors and deplete cancer cells by shutting down blood vessels that feed tumors.

Dr. Doug Thamm, a veterinary oncologist who led the study states: “The unique feline liver means that some drugs that are not toxic to dogs or humans may be toxic to cats. In this case, dog and human liver enzymes turn off the beneficial effects of curcumin against cancer but because feline livers function differently, the benefits may not be completely lost.” Using Curcumin preventatively and as an active treatment for cancer in cats is proving to be very beneficial.

How To Take Curcumin

Grabbing the powdered turmeric at a local grocery store will, unfortunately, not give you the desired health benefits associated with Curcumin. Turmeric should be extracted with a small amount of piperine (black pepper) extract as this will help to open the blood vessels and increase absorption of the curcumin by up to 2000%! Also keep in mind that Curcumin is fat-soluble, so if you put it in water, they will be absorbing very little, so it’s best to put it in their meal. Curcumin also passes through the body quickly, so it’s important that it is taken twice a day.


If you want to learn more about whether or not Turmeric is the right support for your kitty, feel free to reach out to our pet experts. We are always happy to help!



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