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To greatly increase the metabolic effect (the absorption of turmeric into the body is a limiting factor) ADD A DASH OF FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER (pepper and turmeric also do not swab for racing and showing in Australia) and SOME OIL - WE RECOMMEND COCONUT OIL– high in lauric acid a mid chain saturated oil with unique properties; COLD PRESSED OLIVE OIL, OR LINSEED (ground or micronised) which have a better omega 3 to 6 ratio – high levels of omega 6 oils found in highly processed polyunsaturated oils are inflammatory and the ratio is best below 1:10 where the 1 is 3’s and the 10 is the 6’s. However the curcuminoids are soluble in all oils and you can use them if you want. And also soluble in alcohol and so a Bloody Mary with turmeric and pepper will work if you must drink. However it is insoluble in water and with no oil in food or stomach it will not be utilised and wasted, passing into large intestine and out, and possibly the few reports of upset gut is associated with this lack of absorbtion.
QUANTITY GUIDE FOR DOGS
1. You are going to be making a paste - so will need a cup.
2. Start with 1/4 of a teaspoon and build up (if needed) to an approximate maximum of 2 heaped tablespoons over a few weeks.
3. Add OIL - only one of these three - Coconut, Olive, or Linseed.
Start with about 5mls of oil.
4. Add 3-4 grinds of pepper from a pepper grinder.
5. Once you mix to a nice paste, it can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month, which makes it easy to scoop out 2-3 teaspoons daily, mix with a little warm water, then mix in with the food you are currently feeding.
QUANTITY GUIDE FOR HORSES
THREE EASY INGREDIENTS.
Add DAILY to the feed.
1. Get a measuring cup to keep in the feed shed.
2. Add a desert spoon (to start with) of TURMERIC POWDER to your cup.
3. Then - to your turmeric powder - add approximately 6-8 grinds of freshly ground cracked pepper and some oil (coconut, olive or linseed) and mix into a paste that can be mixed through the bulk of the feed. Approximately 10mls of oil is required.
Please note, making into paste form is completely optional. Many clients simply add all ingredients to the top of the feed damp down and mix well.
4. Turmeric will be excreted too fast from your horses' system unless you add the freshly ground pepper (piperine).
5. Please note - no other oils are recommended for various reasons, the main reason being that some oils are high in omega 6 - which can cause inflammation.
The pepper needs to be freshly ground in a pepper grinder.
If you are feeding a sweetened pelleted feed that contains some oil - the turmeric/pepper/oil is fed in addition to this by most horse owners.
There has been some discussion about the quantities of coconut oil in Copra and other cocnut oil-based feeds, however there is no harm in adding oil, if for example the oil in Copra is only 5% you will need more.
6. Some horses respond within days - others within weeks as they all have differing metabolisms, live in a variety of different habitats, and range in age.
Each horse will be different, some may require as much as a cup of turmeric powder every day, others do well on 2 x tablespoons - THE MAINTENANCE DOSE IS UP TO YOU TO WORK OUT AS THE OWNER OF THE HORSE you will see how differing the doses can be.
7. The changes you are looking for will be changes to demeanour - arthritic horses will move around better, less stiffness and clicking in the hocks, Qld Itch symptoms are usually less severe, and most obviously changes to the coat. Just about every horse I know loves it and as far as gut acceptance goes there is very little difference to foods like pellets or grains.
8. There is no real data about for feeding turmeric to pregnant mares. We are still learning in this area - Caution is advised.
9. So - to sum up, start off with a teaspoon of turmeric, some freshly ground pepper, and coconut, olive or linseed oil (about 10mls)