I became interested in Golden Paste and the benefits of turmeric as I was in search of natural remedies for our dogs. They had no health problems, and I wanted to keep it that way. Anything to keep them thriving, right? I started research right away.
Turmeric, the main ingredient in Golden Paste, is a bright yellow/orange savory spice that has been a popular herb for thousands of years.
Traditionally, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties made it very popular in Asian countries. Now it is favored worldwide for its culinary uses and health benefits. Curries in India, tea in Japan, cosmetics in Thailand, drinks in Korea, antiseptics in Malaysia, and anti-inflammatory agents in Pakistan. Finally, in the United States, turmeric is used in mustard sauce, cheese, butter, chips, as a preservative and coloring agent.¹
Turmeric’s active ingredient, Curcumin, goes to work at the cellular level to help manage inflammatory conditions. It has been known to benefit the kidneys and degenerative eye conditions as well. Additionally, laboratory studies show that turmeric can stop the proliferation of rapidly dividing cancer cells.²
Aside from the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, there are several other important benefits. Let’s take a closer look.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Fights free radicals
- Protects the liver against toxins
- Aids circulation
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Improves blood vessel health
I’ve been using turmeric for years, but I had no idea it could be beneficial for our pets. Dr. Doug English, DVM (Australia), has been using turmeric for many years to treat animals with various diseases and ailments, with amazing success. He developed the Golden Paste recipe that I will share with you today.
The body cannot absorb turmeric without something to increase its bioavailability, so enter black pepper. Piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper, increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000%!
It is important to start with black peppercorns. Grind them fresh in your kitchen with a coffee grinder or pepper mill.
The original recipe calls for cold pressed olive oil or coconut oil. I prefer coconut oil for the amazing health benefits, and also that it is more heat resistant. Keep in mind that it’s important to get unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil that smells and tastes like coconuts.
Golden Paste is not only good for animals, it’s good for people too. I always have my eyes open for a good natural remedy, so I was excited about trying this myself.
The results we’ve had with Golden Paste have been pretty amazing! For example, my hubby’s tennis elbow started to improve, and joint pain in my thumb went away. I also gave some to my mom, who has arthritis in her hand, and she began to show improvement as well.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, our dogs were healthy already. However, after eating Golden Paste for a few weeks, they became more playful and energetic. Their fur is softer and shinier too!
A word of warning: Golden Paste is very spicy and strong, so give your dog a chance to get used to the smell and the taste. Our dogs approached their food slowly, and just took a couple of small bites at first. Now, they actually love the taste and expect it to be served on their food!
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- medium saucepan
- large spoon for stirring
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1 1/4 cup filtered or spring water
- 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- Add turmeric and water to saucepan, stirring over very low heat until it forms a thick paste, about 7-10 min. If mixture is too dry, add a little water to keep it moist. Remove from heat.
- Add black pepper and coconut oil, stirring vigorously until oil is dissolved. Allow to cool completely.
- Store in sterilized jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. Best if used within 2 weeks.
- Mix Golden Paste with a bit of water and add to your pet’s food. There is no set dose.
- Start with ¼ tsp and increase the amount very slowly, depending on the size of your dog. Our Pomeranian gets 1 tsp per day, while our big dogs get 1 Tbsp per day. Do not exceed 1 Tbsp per day.
- Feed smaller amounts and often, rather than one big dose per day, as turmeric leaves the body very quickly.
Related Golden Paste Articles:
Resource: Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health Susan J. Hewlings, Douglas S. KalmanFoods. 2017 Oct; 6(10): 92. Published online 2017 Oct 22. doi: 10.3390/foods6100092PMCID: PMC5664031ArticlePubReaderPDF–231KCitation
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Recipe turned out great! My dogs, like yours, were hesitant at first but now they love it. I was wondering, it made a pretty big amount of gold paste, can us humans consume this so it won’t go bad from not being used often with only the dogs?
Hi Donna, I’m so happy to hear that your dogs enjoy the golden paste! Absolutely it is safe for human consumption. Enjoy!