Turmeric and Coconut Oil Powder

Turmericle is a blend of two varieties of turmeric, black pepper and resveratrol, which may assist joint inflammation and skin conditions. 


  • For Horses and Dogs
  • Supports normal inflammation response
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • May assist skin health
  • Contains Curcuma xanthorrhiza

CAUTION: Not to be fed to pregnant animals

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Price: From $19 inc GST

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What is Turmericle?
Turmericle is a unique powdered blend of well researched nutraceutical herbs including two varieties of turmeric, black pepper and resveratrol, which may assist with conditions such as joint inflammation and skin conditions. Combined with  powdered coconut oil, this easy to feed powder is suitable for horses, and dogs.

About the Ingredients

Turmericle contains a blend of two different species of turmeric to optimise the benefits they both offer. One form, Curcuma longa, is the traditional type of turmeric commonly used in cooking, foodstuffs, cosmetics and medicine. Curcuma xanthorrhiza, has been used as a traditional medicinal plant in some tropical countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. It contains the xanthorrhizal oil which confers unusual benefits.

PowerStance® powdered coconut oil
PowerStance is powdered coconut oil designed to make feeding oil easy. Coconut oil contains high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which provide the body with a readily available source of lauric acid, which converts to monolaurin and may provide anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. The benefits of supplementing animals with coconut oil may include improved digestive health, enhanced coat and skin condition. Coconut oil is absorbed direclly into the portal blood, and therefore is metabolised faster than other oils.

Ground Black Pepper
Curcumin is treated as a foreign substance by the liver. It is therefore rapidly metabolised and excreted.  Piperine in black pepper blocks curcumin excretion by the liver and increases curcumin bioavailability.  Piperine activity is reduced in sunlight.  Turmericle must be stored in a sealed container to maintain the efficacy of the back pepper.

Resveratrol is produced in plants to maintain their general health. Normal body functioning gives rise to free radicals with production greatly increased during inflammation and stress. Resveratrol has been added to Turmericle as it is an antioxidant that may help the body efficiently detoxify these free radicals.  The resveratrol is  derived from Japanese knotweed. 

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Turmericle should be introduced gradually into diet over a two week period.
Split into two feeds (morning and night) where possible. 

1 scoop = 25g 

Ponies: 250kg
Morning Feed: 1/2 x scoop (12.5g)
Night Feed: 1/2 x scoop (12.5g) 

Horses: 500kg
Morning Feed: 1 x scoop (25g)
Night Feed: 1 x scoop (25g)


Turmericle should be introduced gradually into diet over a two week period.
Add to feed. Split into two feeds (morning and night) where possible.
Toy < 5kg dog:

Morning feed: 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g)
Night feed: 1/4 teaspoon (1.25g)

Small 5 - 10kg dog:
Morning feed: 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g)
Night feed: 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g)

Medium 10 - 15kg dog:
Morning feed: 1 teaspoon (5g)
Night feed: 1 teaspoon (5g) 

Large 15 - 30kg dog:
Morning feed: 1 + 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g)
Night feed: 1 + 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g)

Extra Large 30+ kg dog:
Morning feed: 2 teaspoons (10g)
Night feed: 2 teaspoons (10g)

A proprietary blend of [Curcuma longa (Alleppey), Curcuma xanthorrhiza, Powdered coconut oil (PowerStance), Ground black pepper, Resveratrol] 25g

Typical analysis  g/kg 
Crude fat 444
Crude fibre 84
Crude protein 31
Potassium  9.8
Phosphorus 1.1
Sulphur 0.84
Calcium 0.63

Facts about Curcumin.

  • Curcumin is not water soluble and is poorly absorbed from the intestines. Even when Curcumin is absorbed, it is rapidly metabolised by the liver  and excreted. Therefore there are low circulating serum curcumin levels, limited tissue distribution and a short half life. Curcumin therefore has a low bioavailability.
  • Curcumin absorption. Curcumin is fat soluble. It is not water soluble.  Feeding together with an oil therefore assists the passage of Curcumin across the intestinal endothelial wall, and the microbial biofilm.  Polyunsaturated oils and monosaturated oils (olive oil) are absorbed and slowly transported through the lymphatics to the liver. By comparison, the saturated tropical oils (coconut oil) enter the portal blood and transported quickly to the liver. These medium chain triglycerides do not require the CPT enzyme to enter the liver, and so are rapidly metabolized. Coconut oil is the prefered oil.
  • Curcumin metabolism in the liver. Curcumin is treated as a foreign substance by the liver. It is therefore rapidly metabolised and excreted.  Piperine in black pepper blocks curcumin excretion by the liver and increases Curcumin bioavailability.

Types of turmeric. 

There are several types of turmeric each with different properties. Turmeric contains an array of active ingredients in the oil, protein and starch. It is thought that these ingredients have a major effect

  1. Curcuma longa (Alleppey and Madras denoting the region it came from). This is the common form of turmeric.  Curcuma longa is the traditional type of turmeric commonly used in cooking, foodstuffs, cosmetics and medicine. More than 100 compounds have been isolated from turmeric, including turmeric oil containing turmerone, borneol, zingiberene, and sesquiterpenes as well as curcuminoids. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects on gastrointestinal and liver functions. Interest surrounds the effects of curcumin in inflammatory bowel disease. Curcuminoids are being trailed in a number of studies for arthritis, obesity, cognitive disorders, cancer and wound healing.
  2. Curcuma xanthorrhiza contains many bioactive compounds, such as curcuminoids, camphor, geranyl acetate, zerumbone,Curcuma xanthorrhiza, also known as Java turmeric, has been used as a traditional medicinal plant in some tropical countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.  Javanese turmeric contains curcuminoids similar to those in curcuma longa. However, it also contains a number of differing oils and bioactive compounds such as camphor, zerumbone, β-curcumene, zingiberene, ar-curcumene and xanthorrhizol. Research demonstrates that xanthorrhizol, similar to ar-turmerone in curcuma longa, enhances the bioavailability of curcumin.
  3. Curcuma amada (mango)

Does curcumin content matter

  • Curcumin content is reported to vary from 1-7%.
  • Does Curcumin content really matter?  There are hundreds of observations from all over the world of the beneficial effects of feeding turmeric to horses and dogs as reported on the Turmeric User Group Facebook site.    There would be many types of turmeric with variable Curcumin content used in these reports, and yet responses are consistently being observed. This suggests that Curcumin content cannot be considered alone.
  • Claims that turmeric with a Curcumin content above 5% are superior are considered marketing ploys. There is no evidence to support these claims.  Have they actually tested the product.  Is it tested wet or dry.  Do they know how the rhizomes have been treated.   These factors affect the turmeric content.


So why do we use Turmeric Curcuma Longa (Alleppey) and Xanthorrhiza in our Turmericle? 

Turmericle has been formulated using specific varieties of turmeric, namely Curcuma Longa (Alleppey) and Curcuma Xanthorrhiza, for their purported benefits.  Read more


The benefits of feeding turmeric to your horse (besides the orange nose) 

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Turmeric contains curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It may help reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with various conditions such as arthritis, joint issues, and muscle soreness.   Read more 

Turmeric for horses

Turmeric contains curcuminoids which are thought to be the active ingredient in Turmeric. Turmeric is insoluble in water, and curcumin is not recognised by the liver, making turmeric limited biological availablility. Read More

Pre-Treatment with Turmeric (C. Xanthorrhiza) Reduces the Severity of Squamous Gastric Ulceration in Feed Restricted Horses 

Domestic horses commonly suffer from gastric ulcers, with potential adverse health, welfare and performance effects. This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of orally administered turmeric for prevention of gastric ulceration in horses during stable confinement and dietary manipulation. Read more

A Promising Natural Therapy for Equine Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is also one of the main causes of lameness in the equine athlete, resulting in lost time, performance and high expenditures on various therapeutics. Curcumin, the active constituent of turmeric, has been shown in human research trials to actively down regulate inflammatory mediators through two main mechanisms:   Read more

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