Does turmeric spice up your horse’s life? Survey aims to find out


Turmeric powder. © Sanjay Acharya (en-wikipedia) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Turmeric powder. © Sanjay Acharya [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Response by horse owners to a survey into the growing use of turmeric in horses has been strong so far, with the ultimate aim to build a picture of the spice’s use in equines.

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin (diferuloylmethane), which controlled scientific studies have shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-cancer and immune activity.

It is in wide use by both people and pets worldwide, but there is a limited amount of research into its use in horses, says David Marlin, a British-based independent scientific consultant.

Tumeric is produced from the plant Curcuma longa, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to southwest India.

“Turmeric has long been used as a herbal treatment for a wide range of conditions in many cultures worldwide,” Marlin said.

He noted that more than 10,000 scientific papers have been published on aspects of turmeric/curcumin in people and other animals, but there was little research into its use in horses.

Marlin aims to gather information on the use of the spice to ensure efficacy and safety, with the results of the survey ultimately being published in a scientific journal.

The anonymous survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

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