Organic Turmeric Curcumin: The seventh ingredient is Turmeric Curcumin. Turmeric is the newest craze in dog supplements, due to its wide array of health benefits. There are many new dog treats out there, boasting adding Turmeric. Unfortunately Turmeric Curcumin can be very hard for a dogs body to absorb. Simply serving it in treat form will likely have no benefits at all and pass through their body completely unabsorbed. There are two keys to boosting Turmeric absorption in dogs. The first is to add an oil to their food such as flaxseed oil, salmon oil, olive oil or coconut oil. The second is heat, adding a small amount of warm water to their food will also increase the rate of absorption. Some advocate the use of black pepper to increase absorption, as it does in humans. However, the possible side effects of black pepper far outweigh any absorption benefits it may have. Black Pepper in dogs can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, skin and eye irritation and respiratory problems or hypoxia. In severe cases airway obstruction and death can occur. Therefore, we do not include it in our recipe as the possible risks, far outweigh the possible benefits. Turmeric Curcumin is the ultimate natural anti-everything. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is extremely beneficial for older dogs, as it can help with joint pain. Curcumin arguably relieves arthritis pain and stiffness better than ibuprofen. It has been administered as an anti-diarrhea medication and has great intestinal and bowel health benefits. It has been shown to improve cardiovascular health with the antioxidant polyphenol. It can help relieve histamine inflammation and allergies, by releasing white blood cells into body tissues. Lastly, it can suppress the metastasis of a variety of tumors. It is not curative, but preventative and has the ability to help stop cancerous cells in their tracks.