Facts about Curcumin in CAHO Agility+
Curcumin is the key active ingredient in turmeric.
Numerous studies and researches on curcumin over the last few decades has revealed that it is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin are well established in animal studies.
A study published in the international journal Veterinary immunology and immunopathology shows that curcumin could act as an alternative anti-inflammatory for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis (Colittia et al).
A 2008 study of dietary curcumin in dogs with osteoarthritis found that it acted as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and confirmed that it modulated immune response (Sgorlon et al).
Curcumin is often given to dogs & cats with common joint conditions that are caused by inflammation. This includes arthritis in dogs, which affects thousands of pets in the UK and causes stiffness, discomfort and even pain.
Curcumin complements non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Curcumin can provide a potential complement to conventional anti-inflammatory arthritis treatments.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Metacam and ibuprofen use a mechanism of action that also affects blood flow and clotting and affects the stomach.
When pets are more vulnerable to the side effects of NSAIDs than humans; older dogs and those on some other forms of medication are at greater risk. NSAIDs can cause liver and kidney problems, always check with your vet if your pets has existing issues.
NSAIDs can also accelerate the destruction of joint cartilage, making arthritis worse in the long run.