Turmeric is probably best known for its use as an anti-inflammatory. It works by significantly reducing the inflammatory pathways in the body, but unlike bute and most other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories often given to horses, turmeric works as a COX-2 inhibitor (as opposed to COX-1) and does not damage the lining of the stomach. Turmeric also helps to detoxify the liver and is a very potent antioxidant.
Much research has been done on improving the bio-availability of Curcumin with freshly cracked black pepper. It is the Piperine in the black pepper which holds the Curcumin in the cells and helps it do it’s job. So, if you have black pepper add a tiny bit to the Turmeric.
When feeding to a horse, make a paste of 3 or 4 heaped teaspoons of Turmeric mixed into a little oil of your choice and 6 grinds of black pepper. Mix it into the feed.
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