What is Camelina Oil?
By: Nicole Mandracchia
As horse people, we are familiar with these types of oils and their benefits for our horses: flax oil, fish oil, corn oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, soy oil, etc. But there is a new type of oil that has recently taken the horse world by storm: Camelina oil.
“CamOlive adds more anti-inflammatory capabilities to the oil, which allows for a quicker recovery of muscles post-workout. It also helps reinforce the immune system, which gives you more protection against stomach irritation and ulcers.”
What is Camelina oil?
Camelina oil is comprised mostly of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids are also known as “essential oils” because they must be acquired through diet. Neither the human or equine body creates these fatty acids naturally. Camelina oil can also have Omega-9 acids within it, but Omega-9s can be produced naturally by the body. Omega-3 acids are alpha-linoleic acid (also known as ALA), and Omega-6 acids are linoleic acid (also known as LA). Normal Camelina oil has a ratio of 2:1 Omega-3s to Omega-6s, which is one of the highest ratios found in any supplementary oils you could feed your horse.
Where does it come from and how is it stored?
Camelina oil is cultivated from the oilseed Camelina sativa, which is normally found abundantly in Europe and Asia and sparingly throughout North America, Slovenia, and Italy. Because Camelina oil is cold-pressed with very minimal processing, it maintains high levels of vitamin E, which is also known as gamma-tocopherol. This classifies it as a stable oil, which also makes it’s shelf life longer. It is stored in solid containers because light is detrimental to Camelina oil and will break down the essential fatty acids within the product.
Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important for horses?
It has been proven that Omega-3s help support a horse’s immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body, which greatly helps a horse suffering from stiffness or arthritis. Studies have shown that Omega-3s can prevent and heal damage to nerve cells. Omega-3s can also lessen inflammation in the serotonin pathways in the brain, allowing for more serotonin receptors to be activated. Serotonin affects the mood; the lower the levels of serotonin are, the more anxious or nervous a horse can be. By balancing a horse’s diet with the Omega-3s he needs, this could lead to a horse with a more stable and consistent mood.
Omega-3s can also help improve digestive health, enhance fertility, and improve coat condition. In addition, horses with skin sensitivity and allergies have greatly benefited from regular Omega-3 supplementation. Like I stated in my first Excel Supplements post, our horses at Amanda Steege’s Ashmeadow Farm have never looked or felt better! We received constant compliments on how great our horses looked.
Why are Omega-6 fatty acids important for horses?
While often touted as the “bad” omega fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids are necessary in well-balanced, moderate dosings. Omega-6s stimulate the immune system and assist in urine production, electrolyte balance, and digestion (all things that are super important for a healthy horse!). In addition, Omega-6s help fight off infection and are exceptionally effective when you’re looking to add some weight onto your horse.
How can you guarantee that your equine friend is receiving the extra Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids he needs to properly perform up to your standards?
According to nutritionists at Kentucky Equine Research, a majority of American horses’ grain diets are higher in Omega-6 acids (pro-inflammation) than Omega-3 acids (anti-inflammation). In order for a horse to be at optimal health and eat a well-balanced diet, it is recommended that he must have a balanced ration of both Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Remember, he can’t produce either of them within his body, so you have to help him out.
Adding the ExcelEQ™ oils to your horse’s diet will help alleviate that problem and balance out the Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio. ExcelEQ ProElite™ has a 4:1 Omega-3s to Omega-6s ratio, the highest available ratio on the market. All of Excel’s products are grown, controlled, and monitored by Excel from the seeds needed for the oils to the bottling and shipping of the finished product. They guarantee that the products are safe for FEI horses because they control the entire process and do not purchase outside ingredients from other companies to make their products. Quality ingredients make quality products. This prevents any possible cross-contamination and guarantees the consumer and equine a pure product.
The ExcelEQ ProElite™ oils also has CamOlive™ in it, which is a proprietary extract of olive triterpenes. CamOlive™ adds more anti-inflammatory capabilities to the oil, which allows for a quicker recovery of muscles post-workout. It also helps reinforce the immune system, which gives you more protection against stomach irritation and ulcers.
Ultimately if you are looking to properly supplement your hard-working partner with a great product, then the Excel Supplements™ oils are perfect for you! Keep checking back for my next post.
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About the Author
Nicole Mandracchia (aka “Smiley”) has been immersed in the horse show world for 17 years. She rode and showed in Zone 2 as a junior, attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ, and was the captain of the IHSA team. Nicole has groomed and ridden for several top professionals in the industry, including: Robin Rost Brown, Val Renihan, Missy Clark and John Brennan’s North Run, and Amanda Steege. She has spent a majority of that time traveling up and down the East Coast following the A-rated circuit, including Florida and all the indoor finals. Nicole is also a frequent blogger for The Chronicle of the Horse. In addition, Nicole helped run a successful A-rated and C-rated horse show series in Augusta, NJ, from 2012-2017. Nicole has won four grooming awards in her career: at The Sussex County Farm and Horse Show (2013), The Capital Challenge Horse Show (2018), WEF (2018), and The National Horse Show (2019). Nicole’s most memorable indoors’ experience was at The 2018 National Horse Show when both of the horses she was grooming claimed a tricolor in their respective divisions (Lafitte de Muze was champion in the Green 3’6″ Green Hunter division and Zara was reserve champion in the 3’6″ Green Conformation Hunter division). Nicole owns a Dalmatian named Maddie and her boyfriend Lee also works the horse show scene as an in-gate starter. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys sharing tips, funny stories, and advice on anything horse-related!