Turmeric (Curcuma longa
) is an east indian plant that is a member of the ginger family. It has been used for over 3000 years in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine in Asia for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also used as a spice, and is a major ingredient in curry powder used often in Indian food.
Turmeric contains several compounds, referred to as curcuminoids, which are yellow. The main active compound is curcumin.
Turmeric’s underground stems (rhizomes) are dried and made into capsules, tablets, teas, or extracts. Turmeric powder is also made into a paste for skin conditions.
: Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it is comparable in effectiveness as some anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin can be beneficial to help reduce the harmful effects caused by chronic inflammatory conditions in birds---such as that caused by bumblefoot, gout, heart disease, and cancer.
: Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
: A study conducted in 2015 on the use of turmeric for deworming purposes against Ascaridia galli
, a common intestinal nematode (roundworm) showed that it significantly reduced the length and width of worms present in infested chickens. High concentrations of turmeric (600 mg/kg of body weight) showed healing effects and restored the integrity of intestinal mucosa in the gastrointestinal tract of chickens.
: Studies show that supplementing your bird's diet with turmeric (5 mg/kg diet) may help provide some degree of protection against the toxic effect of mycotoxins
contained in many commercial poultry feeds and grain products. When supplemented in the diet of ducklings, it was found to reverse the aflatoxin-induced liver damage.
: Studies have shown that curcumin acts as a protective compound against cardiac diseases in humans. In chickens, in can help reduced inflammation and fluid accumulation seen in bird's with Ascites.
: Adding Turmeric rhizome powder (2.0 g/kg) to the diet of laying hens has shown to be beneficial for improving eggshell thickness and hardness and for egg production.
: When at least 2.0 g/kg of turmeric rhizome powder is added to the diet of laying hens it showed that it helped to decrease the amount of Escherichia coli
present in their digestive system.