If you’ve been doing much searching through dog supplements lately, there’s a good chance you’ve run across golden paste at some point. So,
What is Golden Paste?
For the most part, golden paste aka golden milk, is just a fast way of saying: Turmeric made into an absorbable form. This means its ready to serve because its already been combined with the ingredients necessary for maximum absorption.
Way back when, I used to have to mix it in with other ingredients every time I made my dog a meal. Now I save huge amounts of time by making a whole lot of it and sticking the excess in the freezer. You can even pre-portion using ice cube trays! I usually just use a measuring spoon, but either way, is super easy and convenient!
What is Golden Paste Good For?
Golden Paste, or turmeric, is good for many different reasons. Most commonly, it is used to reduce pain and inflammation. This is because it is a natural and effective anti-inflammatory. The reason this is the number one reason for so many people is due to the drastic increase in joint problems in dogs today. Dogs as young as 2 are being diagnosed with arthritis at an alarming rate. Diet is mostly responsible for this, but regardless of the reason, the pain level can be debilitating. For many dogs, this paste replaces the need for any medication! This simple golden paste has improved the quality of life for these dogs so much that is has gotten the attention of a lot of people. Fortunately, we don’t have joint issues yet, but we still use golden paste daily for the other amazing benefits it provides:
- It helps prevent arthritis because it is an anti-inflammatory
- It helps prevent and even treat cancer
- Heart health because it prevents blood clots from forming
- It aids in digestion
- It protects the liver from toxins
- Its a powerful antioxidant, slows aging and increases lifespan
- Improves memory and healthy brain function
Dogs That Should Avoid Using Turmeric:
- Dogs with diabetes
- Dogs that are prone to kidney stones
- Dogs taking drugs for acid indigestion or who take aspirin
- Dogs getting ready to have surgery
*Water should always be fed with turmeric to reduce chances of constipation and all dogs should start with low level doses and work their way up to prevent diarrhea.
In my article just on turmeric, I go into further detail about the benefits of turmeric for dogs. These are just a few.
*And I almost forgot, one of the best parts of this recipe is, you can eat it too! Turmeric is just as good for people! I just put some on a spoon and mix it with honey but it can also be added to recipes and many different foods to add flavor!
How Do You Make Golden Paste?
This is the BEST part! It is so easy! For a very simple and basic paste, all you need is:
- Turmeric powder
- Coconut Oil
- Ground black pepper
That is literally ALL that you really need to make a fabulous golden paste. I personally also add:
- Bone Broth
- Ceylon Cinnamon
I do this for a few different reasons. One is to add additional healthy nutrients and fats from the bone broth. I also find that it helps a lot with the consistency of my paste. The second, is that the cinnamon prevents breath odor afterwards. The smell is most commonly related to cat pee, and quite frankly, this is just not pleasant. The cinnamon takes care of that immediately!
*It is important to note here that it is crucial to use ceylon cinnamon. This is because cassia cinnamon (the most common) contains a toxin called coumarin. This could have a significantly negative effect on a dogs liver. The added ceylon cinnamon on the other hand is full of a long list of added benefits including:
- It is an excellent source of manganese. Manganese helps activate enzymes that are essential to building healthy bones. These enzymes also aide in metabolism.
- It is a very good source of dietary fiber, iron and calcium.
- It helps lower cholesterol
- Helps control blood sugar
- Help control yeast (prevent candida)
- It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and an e-coli fighter
- Prevents gum disease
- It is an antioxidant
Used in small doses, these effects are minimal but still a good reason to include some in the batch!
I should also mention, some of the reasons for adding bone broth.
- Joint health (contains glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid)
- Liver detox
- Digestive health
- Immune system health
- Rich source of nutrients, amino acids, protein, vitamins and minerals
For an easy recipe on how to make bone broth and some of its additional benefits, I wrote about this here.
Golden Paste Recipes:
There are a TON of variations on these, but two that I find to be the most basic and reliable are:
- 1/2 C Organic Turmeric Powder (organic is higher in curcumin which is the active ingredient
- 1 – 1 1/2 C filtered water
- Mix together in a pan over medium/low heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens (if too thick or watery you can adjust the water or turmeric levels to smooth it out)
- Turn off heat and add: 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground organic black pepper (NEVER table pepper) and 1/4 C organic coconut oil (optional: also add 1 tsp ceylon cinnamon and instead of using 1/4 C coconut oil you can add 2 tbs coconut oil and 2 tbs bone broth)
- Mix everything together or blend with a whisk and your DONE!
This should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Now, I also make bigger batches with:
- 6 C water brought to a boil
- 3 C turmeric added in slowly while stirring
- 1 C coconut oil
- 1 C bone broth, mix in well
- 2 tbs ceylon cinnamon, 3 tbs fresh ground black pepper
- Mix well until paste is smooth
*Ginger can also be added to improve taste.
This lasts me a very long time and I love that! This is because it does not take a lot of this per meal to make an impact.
How to Use Golden Paste
It’s important to know that turmeric leaves the body quickly, so if you feed your dog twice a day it’s always best to split doses between both meals.
Feeding guidelines vary because every dog and condition is different, but general guidelines are:
Added to meals or mixed with some kefir or plain yogurt:
1/4 tsp per day for small dogs
1/2 tsp per day for medium dogs
3/4 tsp per day for large dogs
1 tsp per day for very large dogs
Over time, as your dogs system adjusts, you can start doubling these amount up to 3 times. My dog is 25 lbs and we use about 1 tsp per day, but every dog is different. For dogs using it for pain management, they might need slightly more, so it’s always best to ask your vet.
You can also buy turmeric in supplements. Just be sure to check the ingredients (black pepper or piperine is crucial) and feed with an oil for absorption. It’s also good to check before adding it, that your dog isn’t already taking supplements that contain turmeric in them (this could cause diarrhea).
The Honest Kitchen also makes a ready to go version of this already combined with bone broth. They also have a great selection of other instant bone broths.
Below are some additional quick references and recipe guides. All of them are super easy and absolutely worth a try!