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Why We Love Turmeric

Posted on: March 16, 2018 by Jessica Normand

You may have noticed that SmartPak has recently introduced several new equine supplements featuring the herb turmeric. There’s no doubt about it – when it comes to supporting horses’ health, we’re crazy for this glorious, golden ingredient!

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant in the ginger family that has been used to flavor food, add color, and provide health benefits for thousands of years. Its main active substance, curcumin, has been found to have benefits in many areas including joints, the respiratory system, the immune system, and the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to turmeric’s ability to support cellular health via its potent antioxidant properties, turmeric is probably most valued for supporting a normal response to inflammation.

Due to the breadth of turmeric’s benefits, we have incorporated the herb into a variety of supplements. Best of all, horses LOVE the taste of turmeric, so palatability is not an issue.

Smart & Simple Turmeric Pellets – If you’re looking for straight-up turmeric, with no other active ingredients, these pellets are an awesome deal and provide 10,000 mg of turmeric per serving.

Turmericle by Stance Equine – If you’re familiar with the homemade turmeric recipe called “golden paste” but are looking for a less messy, more convenient alternative, you can’t go wrong with Turmericle! This beautiful formula combines turmeric powder with coconut oil and black pepper (the same three ingredients used to make golden paste), plus the added benefit of resveratrol, another amazing, whole food antioxidant from the skin of red grapes.

SmartStride Ultra Pellets – Looking for comprehensive joint and soft tissue support that includes the benefits of turmeric? Check out new SmartStride Ultra Pellets! This innovative formula combines 8,000 mg of turmeric with hydrolyzed collagen, resveratrol, and a proprietary boron blend, plus glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, MSM, and hyaluronic acid. This ‘everything you could ask for’ joint supplement is in my own horse’s SmartPak!

SmartComfort Pellets – Designed for senior horses and those experiencing discomfort associated with exercise and aging, SmartComfort Pellets include 2,000 mg of turmeric, together with a comprehensive selection of other ingredients to support a normal response to inflammation. These include MSM, yucca, devil’s claw, boswellia, bromelain, white willow, cetylated fatty acids, and more.

SmartBreathe Ultra Pellets – After many years of success with original SmartBreathe Pellets, we recently launched a new “Ultra” version with 1,000 mg of turmeric, plus omega 3 acids, spirulina, and more. For horses with challenging seasonal respiratory allergies, work with your veterinarian and consider this new formula that includes the benefits of turmeric.

If you would like help incorporating turmeric into your horse’s supplement program, please contact our amazing Customer Care team at any time!