Turmeric is a wonder spice used medicinally for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunoregulatory, and antimicrobial properties. This is all thanks to the bioactive component found within turmeric: curcumin. Did you know know that you can get even more of its medicinal benefits by concentrating it with several key ingredients and making what’s called a golden paste. As an added plus, golden paste can provide the same health benefits to your pet. Learn here about the benefits of turmeric golden paste and get an easy golden paste recipe for you and your pet.
But first of all, what is golden paste? For starters, it looks exactly what is sounds like, but its true purpose can go a long way for your body. Golden paste is, at its simplest, a combination of turmeric and oil that forms a paste that can be used in small portions to add to recipes. This form of a paste actually enhances the health benefits of turmeric. Just a small amount of golden paste can be added to your dish or beverage for a huge health benefit – think of it as a healthy additive.
Turmeric Golden Paste Health Benefits for You (Humans)
Let’s name some things on or in your body that are important to you: your immune system, your skin, your heart, and, of course, your brain. It looks like it’s your lucky day – turmeric golden paste will help support all of these important body systems! The antimicrobial properties of turmeric speed up wound and scar healing as well as general skin repair (1). Additionally turmeric is therapeutic and can relieve joint pain and aches, particularly pain from conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis (2). The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric golden paste don’t stop at the joints, however. Turmeric has been shown to positively affect the brain by promoting memory retention and warding off the symptoms of neurological diseases that degenerate brain cells, a commonly known one being Alzheimer’s.
Moving to the bloodstream, turmeric golden paste can support both your immune system and your heart. This is because turmeric’s immunoregulatory benefits have been revealed to actually increase white blood cell count in studies. Additionally, curcumin and turmeric support the endothelium function, a function found in the lining of your blood vessels that helps regulate blood pressure (3). By doing this, turmeric can prevent the development of heart disease, helping you control your cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin sensitivity (blood sugar).
As a last point, and a rather big point, turmeric may also help prevent cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 the leading cause of death for both men and women was heart disease – in second place was cancer. During carcinogenesis, cancer formation’s very first step, healthy cells start to become damaged and eventually turn into cancer cells. Turmeric may have properties that prevent your healthy cells from the DNA damage that happens during cancer formation, thereby helping to prevent cancer cells (4).
Turmeric Golden Paste Can Even Benefit Pets
Now that you know about the benefits of turmeric golden paste, an extra bonus that you may not be aware of is that turmeric included in golden paste can also benefit your furry friends at home!
Yes, add golden paste to the list of things both you and your pet can eat without regrets. Golden paste can be mixed into your pet’s regular diet – usually starting with a quarter of a teaspoon and going from there. The benefits to pets are actually very similar to our benefits.
The key is the anti-inflammatory benefits from the turmeric golden paste. According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, inflammation found within our pets isn’t all bad, but it is also the root of many, many diseases. Just as with adults, too much inflammation can lead to health problems and disease – luckily golden paste is here to help! Turmeric works well as a natural anti-inflammatory drug (instead of aspirin and other chemically created anti-inflammatories), so it’s helpful in treating your pet for pain relief due to arthritis, cancer prevention, and gastrointestinal disorder treatment (5). Your pet’s digestive health will also benefit since curcumin supports the liver and can treat diarrhea. And, because turmeric is a mighty antioxidant as well, golden paste can slow down aging and possibly even increase the lifespan of your pet by reducing damage caused by free radicals!
The same benefits of turmeric golden paste can be can be used for cats and even horses! With golden paste, there may be no need for over-the-counter or prescription drugs to help your best friend feel better!
An easy to make Golden Paste Recipe For Both You and Your Pets
½ cup of turmeric or Daily Turmeric Tonic
1 cup of water
⅓ of a cup of coconut oil
Human: ¼ of a teaspoon (twice a day recommended)
Dog/Cat/Small Mammal: ¼ of a teaspoon
Horse: 1 teaspoon
- Warm the water in a saucepan on low-to-medium heat.
- Once the water gets warm, add in Daily Turmeric Tonic and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Turn the heat down and allow the mixture to simmer. Wait until it has formed a thick paste. If needed, add small amounts of water until the proper texture is reached.
- Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool a little. Then add coconut oil. Stir and cool.
- Mix 1 tsp into your own recipes. For your pet, stir in ¼-½ teaspoon into their meals, depending on the size of your pet.
- The entire batch is about two weeks worth of golden paste!
- Keep refrigerated.
**Daily Turmeric Tonic is much more than just turmeric, though turmeric is the primary ingredient. DTT boasts 7 other amazing super spices and berries, including ginger, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, boswellia and Schisandra berry. That’s a beneficial combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunoregulatory, and adaptogenic properties for you and your pet all in one convenient product!
*** Speak with a holistic vet before adding turmeric or Daily Turmeric Tonic into your companion’s diet. Serving sizes here are purely estimates and should be verified with a doctor.
A Few Golden Paste Tips from the Further Food Family:
- Feel free to use other organic, healthy oils such as virgin olive oil or flaxseed oil.
- Daily Turmeric Tonic contains black pepper which is helpful in promoting the body’s absorption of turmeric.
- Because the serving size of golden paste is actually quite small, we always incorporate it into other recipes. Try adding your golden paste to milk (for golden milk!), yogurt, smoothies and smoothie bowls! For your pets, mix the paste into their food – they shouldn’t mind the taste!
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