Turmeric Paste

You may have heard of turmeric paste (Golden paste) before but maybe you don’t know what it is used for, or wonder if it is safe to give to your pet, so let me try to explain and start with the beginning.

In Asia Turmeric has been used for thousands of years.
Originally it was used as a dye and later for its medicinal purposes, and traditionally used in curries in India where there are much lower rates of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic diseases compared to the West
Scientists now say that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, and aids in the healing of inflammation like arthritis.

A host of scientific investigations have looked at the ability of turmeric (curcumin) to fight cancer.
Curcumin kills several types of cancer cells in the laboratory.
In animals, curcumin prevents or slows cancer in the skin, breast, liver, stomach, duodenum and colon.
Curcumin also has anti-angiogenic properties; translation: curcumin seriously slows new blood vessel formation in tumors, causes asphyxiation of tumours and thus preventing their growth and metastases.

Turmeric as a dietary constituent is safe and well tolerated.

The only problem is that Turmeric on its own has a low bio viability
Only about 5% of turmeric is made out of the active compound curcumin and this is the compound what gives turmeric its power
Then on top of that, turmeric root isn’t absorbed properly by the G.I. tract and is quickly cleared from the blood.

If pets or people are given turmeric root, within an hour, there is only a tiny bit that actually makes its way into the blood stream, because the liver is trying to get rid of it. So, while a lot of pet owners may be giving their pets turmeric, they see little to no results.
So how can we give humans/ pets the benefits from using turmeric?

For this we will have to go back to an old Asian recipe that originated in India called turmeric paste (Golden Paste)
It is was and still is made with turmeric, fresh ground black pepper and a healthy fat (coconut or olive oil) which turns turmeric, into a super powerful natural medicine.

Why black pepper?
About 5% of freshly ground black pepper (by weight) consists of a compound called piperine, which enhances the bioavailability of turmeric.
Piperine increases intestinal absorption allowing time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream.
Not only can adding fresh ground pepper make turmeric more bioavailable but piperine in black pepper can trigger TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1) in the body.
This in turn can reduce pain.

Why coconut oil?
When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver. (You can use good clean Cold Pressed Virgin coconut oil)

Roughly ¼ teaspoon per every 10lbs, so

  • Up to 5kg – ¼ tsp
  • 5kg – 10kg = ½ teaspoon
  • 10kg 15kg – ¾ teaspoon
  • 15kg -20kg – 1teaspoon
  • 20kg 25kg -1 ¼ teaspoon
  • 25kg-30kg – 1 ½ teaspoon and so forth


  • ½ cup of organic turmeric root powder
  • 1 cup of clean spring or filtered water (may need more) –
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (fresh is always best because of the piperine levels)
  • ¼ cup organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil (you can also use olive oil)

  1. Mix the turmeric root powder with the 1 cup of water in a pan ( add more water if needed).
  2. Stir the mixture on medium/low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes, it should form a thick paste. (If your paste looks runny, just add a bit more turmeric and heat it for another couple of minutes.)
  3. Once turned into a paste, add the fresh ground black pepper and coconut oil, and then stir it up!

Once cool, place the paste in a jar and store it in your fridge.
The paste should last for about 2 weeks.
Add ¼ tsp of paste per 10 lbs of body weight to your pet’s diet.

When you start giving Turmeric paste in your pet’s diet, their urine can get a strong smell, which should pass after a few weeks, alternatively you can add a little bit of Ceylon Cinnamon 1 to 1 1/2 tsp to the mixture.

As piperine will increase the absorbtion of other substances you may experience a higher absorbency rate when you pet is taking medication as well, so if your pet is on a prescribed medication, please consult your vet

For more information about turmeric and its uses you can join the Turmeric User Group on Facebook
Or visit Australian veterinarian Doug English his site