Turmeric has become a hugely popular supplement for horses, with much anecdotal evidence to support its use for maintaining health and comfort. Racehorses are under a huge amount of stress, both physical and mental. Training, travelling, racing and feeding regimes are major challenges, so natural supplements, which are permitted under the rules of racing, can make a huge difference to their performance and well-being.
Turmeric could benefit performance horses in the following ways:
A healthy immune system
Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger. It is hepatoprotective, therefore helping to flush out toxins and maintain healthy blood cell balance.
A healthy respiratory system
As well as antioxidants to maintain the immune system, turmeric is also anti-microbial and anti-bacterial thus helping to rid the body of the causative agents of respiratory infections. In guinea pigs, trials have shown an anti-asthmatic effect of turmeric with a reduction in airway constriction and hyper-sensitivity to histamine.
Support joint comfort
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and widely recommend for arthritis sufferers. It can help maintain freedom of movement and relieve stiff joints.
Turmeric is believed to increase gastric wall mucus production, therefore having a protective effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. It is also believed to enhance the healing of ulcers and could promote a healthy micro-flora.