Major Health Benefits of Turmeric – Don’t Avoid This Powerful Health-Boosting Spice

Turmeric is a flavorful and colorful spice often used in Indian and other ethnic dishes. I personally use turmeric daily in a wide range of dishes, and I even add it to my dogs homemade food. This spice harbors so many powerful health benefits, with far better results than dangerous synthetic pharmaceutical drugs, and without the dangerous side effects that most pharmaceutical drugs impose. Loaded with unique and very potent anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, I strongly believe that everyone should be regularly using this amazing spice for health rejuvenation and maintenance.  I also can’t emphasize strongly enough, that you ONLY purchase certified organic turmeric, otherwise, there is a good chance that you’ll be consuming inferior radiated product that will only introduce more toxic elements into your body.

Here is just a sampling of some of the major health benefits of turmeric.

Ease Chronic Pain and Symptoms Associated with Arthritis, Gout, Rheumatism and More:

What do sufferers of arthritis, gout and rheumatism all have in common? Their bodies, especially their joints, are filled with acid wastes and cellular inflammation. These acidic waste products and cellular inflammation is what causes stiffness and lack of flexibility and mobility, as well as the various degrees of pain. Turmeric is proven to be especially potent in the reduction of cellular inflammation, in both humans and dogs. In fact, regularly consuming turmeric (1-2 teaspoons daily in food) has proven to be more effective for the relief of pain, stiffness and mobility issues than dangerous pharmaceuticals. Laboratory studies show that turmeric can cut cellular inflammation as much as 73%, in as little as 2 weeks. No drug can even come close to those results.

Cautions for Dogs and Cats
  • If your dog or cat is pregnant there is a chance that turmeric might stimulate the uterus.
  • If your dog or cat is suffering from gall bladder or bile duct issues don’t include turmeric in their diet.
  • If your dog or cat suffers from acid reflux don’t include turmeric in their diet.
  • Turmeric night slow blood clotting so stop using turmeric two weeks before surgery.


Drugs that slow blood clotting – if your dog or cat is on an anticoagulant / anti-platelet drug don’t include turmeric in their diet.

Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
The table below provides a general guideline for herbs/spices based on your dog’s weight. The information provided in the table is an extract from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dogs Care.

Dog’s, Cat’s  Weight
(on dog’s food once/day)
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose


Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke by Up to 78%:

Cellular inflammation is again a factor in both heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Again, because turmeric has such potent anti-inflammatory properties, it offers great healing and preventative benefits against these conditions. Turmeric also ramps up your liver’s ability to keep its cholesterol production in check, lowering your levels of artery-clogging cholesterol by almost 40%. Additionally, researchers have shown that turmeric helps in the prevention of dangerous blood clots that are often triggered by high saturated fat meals. These multifaceted benefits round up to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by an incredible 78%, making turmeric an anti-aging spice you don’t want to ignore.

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Cancer Proof Your Body:

UCLA researchers have proven in multiple studies, that the active compound in turmeric, curcumin, successfully blocks the growth of stomach, prostate, breast and colorectal cancers. Credit goes to turmeric’s ability to fire up the production of glutathione S-transferas, a natural and safe compound that mops up cancer-causing toxins before they can enter into body cells.

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease:

After heart disease, stroke and cancer, Alzheimer disease ranks in of high concern to the aging baby boomer population. Dangerous inflammation in brain tissues are linked to mental decline and aging diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. And, once again, because of turmeric’s incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it’s ability to reduce harmful brain inflammation, slow brain aging and reduce and prevent dangerous plaque buildup, makes this a must have spice to regularly consume for the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Turmeric Tips*Turmeric will stain clothes and some counter tops, so I advise always use stainless steel or glass measuring spoons, bowls and serving ware when using this spice.

*Turmeric is fat soluble (meaning, it dissolves in fat), so you want to make sure you mix it with foods that contain healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, etc) for optimal bioavailability. Mixing it with tea or only water-based foods (ie: vegetables without any added oils) will greatly reduce your body’s uptake of this health-boosting spice.

Bon Veggie Appetit!

Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews