Golden paste is one of the most hyped superfoods for cats and dogs, and for good reason. Not only does it have health benefits that are backed by research but it is also inexpensive and fairly easy to make. But what is it, really? And what are the advantages of giving it to your pet?
What is Golden Paste?
Golden paste is a concoction made primarily of turmeric. This spice is either ground into a pulp or used in powder form. It is then combined with other ingredients to make a thick paste that is administered orally. Giving your pets this mixture regularly is an easy and inexpensive way to address certain health conditions and promote overall wellness.
The Benefits of Turmeric to Dogs and Cats
Turmeric is used widely in natural and holistic veterinary medicine. It is believed to offer the same benefits to pets as to humans. Here are some science-backed benefits of this wonder-spice:
1) It reduces inflammation.
Turmeric is most commonly used for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in a compound called curcumin, which is found to be more effective than common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). As such, it reduces the risk for inflammatory diseases, helps manage arthritis, and provides general pain relief to both cats and dogs.
2) It supports oral health.
The curcumin in golden paste also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help treat diseases of the mouth and even oral cancers. Taking this regularly will help keep your pet’s teeth clean, gums healthy, and breath fresh.
3) It slows down the aging process.
In humans, turmeric has long been recognized for its ability to improve the health conditions of the elderly. The same is believed to be true for dogs, cats, and other animals. The antioxidant effect of curcumin slows down the aging process and, consequently, delays the onset of age-related illnesses.
4) It lowers the risk for cancer.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of golden paste help reduce the risk for cancer. In fact, curcumin is potent enough to fight the proliferation of cancer cells in the body. As such it is an excellent accompaniment to traditional veterinary cancer treatments.
5) It protects from heart disease.
Apart from antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic properties, the curcumin in golden paste has proven to offer positive cardiovascular effects. Animal studies have shown that regular consumption of turmeric helps protect the heart from serious conditions like an enlarged heart or even heart failure.
6) It promotes brain health.
Animal studies have successfully demonstrated that regular consumption of golden paste—because of its high curcumin content— can improve cognition and neuron formation. This effect on the brain ultimately leads to several benefits throughout the body.
7) It improves gut health.
Apart from remarkable neurological effects, the curcumin in golden paste offers excellent benefits to the gut. Studies on both humans and animals show that it improves the gut’s microbiome, which affects digestion, immunity, and overall health.
How to Make Turmeric Golden Paste for Pets
Although turmeric’s curcumin content is a pet superfood all on its own, combining it with freshly ground black pepper significantly increases its potency and bioavailability. It is also commonly combined with oils that will make it easier to consume and absorb.
Most golden paste recipes use either coconut oil or MCT oil. Coconut oil is an excellent addition to a golden paste recipe because it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, it is known as a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal remedy.
On the other hand, MCT oil is believed to be more beneficial than your typical coconut oil because it has a higher concentration of the triglycerides responsible for its positive health effects.
No matter your preference, here’s how you can make golden paste for pets:
Golden Paste Recipe with Coconut Oil or MCT Oil
• 1/2 cup Turmeric Powder
• 1 cup Filtered Water
• 2 tsp. Black Pepper
• 1/3 cup Coconut Oil or MCT Oil
• In a non-metal pot, combine turmeric powder and filtered water.
• Place the pot over medium heat and stir constantly until it begins to boil.
• Lower heat to simmer the mixture until it forms a thick paste.
• Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
• Once cooled, add the pepper and coconut oil or MCT oil.
• Stir until thoroughly combined.
• Place in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.
How to Give Golden Paste to Cats and Dogs
The recommendation of Dogs Naturally Magazine is to add a small amount into your pet’s food and pour in some kefir or water. The flavor is mild, so animals typically don’t mind the taste.
Cats and small dogs can start off with 1/4 teaspoon per day while larger animals can start with as much as 1 teaspoon per day. Observe their response over the next few days and increase your dosage as you see fit. No matter how large your dog is, however, you should avoid giving more than 1 tablespoon per day as too much can cause undesirable effects.
Possible Dangers or Side Effects of Golden Paste on Animals
Golden paste is generally safe for animals as long as it is given in small amounts. Additionally, it may not be beneficial to pets with certain pre-existing conditions like gallstones or diabetes. It’s ideal to seek the advice of a holistic vet to determine whether your cat or dog can take golden paste and how much to give them.
When you use high-quality turmeric powder and combine it with other beneficial ingredients, your golden paste can be extremely beneficial to your pets. It will help fight inflammatory conditions like arthritis and gastrointestinal issues. It will also reduce the risk for serious illnesses like diabetes and cancer. Ultimately, cats and dogs that take golden paste regularly are believed to enjoy better health and longevity.