Turmeric for Osteoarthritis in Veterinary Medicine – A Review by Veerle Dejonckheere MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon.
Curcumin, a compound derived from Curcuma Longa, commonly known as turmeric, is widely used as an anti-inflammatory. It targets a number of pathways that are central to osteoarthritis pathogenesis. The bioavailability of curcumin is low, but new formulations are being developed. Curcumin has an excellent safety profile but consideration should be given to the possible interactions and side effects when assessing patients who are supplemented with curcumin. There is a pressing need for large-scale clinical trials in dogs and horses, along with clinical veterinary studies to identify ways to increase the bioavailability and the clinical efficacy of supplementary curcumin in the management of osteoarthritis.
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