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Assessing curcumin in horses
It is becoming fashionable to administer supplements containing curcumin to horses, although there has been little research into its effect on horses.
Samantha Wuest and colleagues in the Department of Animal Science, Food & Nutrition, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL conducted a study to evaluate some of the effects of curcumin in horses. The work is reported in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
They gave six riding horses 15 g curcumin (95% pure) daily for 30 days and measured the effect on faecal shedding of intestinal parasite eggs and selected opportunistic bacteria. Six similar horses were untreated controls. The researchers also measured the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) -
They found that curcumin had no effect on the shedding of strongyle or ascarid eggs. Neither did it have any effect on the shedding of various bacteria in the faeces: Streptococcus bovis/equinus complex (SBEC), Clostridium difficile, or Clostridium perfringens.
They did, however, detect a fall in ESR on day 14 in the horses given curcumin, which could lend support to an anti-
The researchers conclude: “The antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties of curcumin were not observed when 15 g of curcumin was orally dosed to riding horses for 30 days. The inability for curcumin to decrease the parasite shedding load would suggest that curcumin will need to be dosed for longer periods of time or at higher dosages, if using for intestinal parasite control. However, it is possible that curcumin can decrease inflammation after 14 days of administration.”
For more details, see:
A Pilot Study on the Effects of Curcumin on Parasites, Inflammation, and Opportunistic Bacteria in Riding Horses
Samantha Wuest, Rebecca L. Atkinson Stephanie D. Bland Darcie Hastings
Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2017) Vol 57, p 46-
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