In society today, it is common to find people who treat their dogs as if they are their children. Cleanliness, happiness, safety and overall health are few of the key factors dog owners bend over backwards to provide for our best friends. In the effort to give our four legged friends only the best, we often find ourselves supplementing their diet. We supplement to aid in health of mind, coat and joints. A well known supplement for canine health is fish oil. However, have you ever asked yourself, “are plant based omega’s as good as fish oil omega’s?” Truth is, they’re better!
Sources of Omega-3
There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids; ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). All forms of omega-3 are long chain fatty acids. Fish oil provides the most potent form of DHA and EPA however, it does not offer ALA. This becomes an issue because the body doesn’t produce ALA naturally. This is where plant based omega-3’s come in. Plant based sources of omega-3 provide ALA, which then converts into DHA and EPA.
Keep a look out for our upcoming blog about the difference in ALA, DHA & EPA.
Plant Based Omega-3 Benefits
There are numerous benefits of supplementing with plant based omega-3 fatty acids. Many of which stretch beyond the inner workings of one’s body, animal and human alike. There are the more visual benefits such as coat health, joint health, and cognitive function. The additional benefit of the balanced omega- 3 (Anti- Inflammatory) to omega- 6 (Inflammatory) ratio that a plant based oil provides is drastic in comparison to fish oil which is omega-3 heavy. This is vital because the appropriate balance allows for them to function properly.
Omega balance is important in an animals diet. When one’s diet has too much of one omega it limits the metabolic rate of the other omega. Having a balanced ratio allows for both omegas to metabolize properly. When the omegas are not evenly metabolized and one gets too much omega- 6 it can result in inflammatory responses. That being said, the inflammation provided by omega- 6 is healthy when balanced with the anti-inflammatory omega-3. Most processed grains and food available for animals have a high omega-6 concentration, thus making omega-3 supplementation important.
Plant based omega-3 is also more sustainable for the environment in comparison to fish oil. As stated in our blog, “World Oceans Day: Camelina Oil Aids in Sustainability” the true problem is in overfishing with “one third of the world’s fisheries exceeding sustainable limits.” Click here for more information on sustainability. Lastly, the shelf life of plant based omegas outlasts fish oil. Fish oil goes rancid after three months when stored properly. When stored improperly can go rancid after only thirty days of being open where plant based oils. Specifically, Excel’s Camelina oil can last up to two years.
Plant Based Omega-3 Side Effects
There are very few side effects to supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids and all are mild at that. The side effects for plant based omega-3s include diarrhea, bad breath, poor smelling sweat, and unpleasant taste. To prevent diarrhea, ease the omega supplement into the diet. These side effects are similar to fish oil except fish oil has the additional concern of contaminants which both farmed and wild fish are exposed to. Fish’s store omegas in their fat, however this is also where toxins absorbed by the fish are kept. This becomes an issue when fats break down for retrieval of omegas resulting in toxins contaminating the omega oil. These toxins held in the fish’s fat from the pollution in our air and water hold serious side effects negatively affecting one’s immune, nervous and endocrine system.
Plant Based Oil Highest in Omega-3
Flaxseed is the plant based oil highest in omega-3 however, this plant based oil has an uneven ratio with omega-6 which can pose problems. Camelina, on the other hand, is a plant based oil high in omega-3 fatty acids that has a preferred ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. This ratio is important because it allows for the omegas to function properly resulting in full microbiome function so one can receive all benefits from these essential omegas. Additionally, flaxseed oil goes rancid quickly as compared to Camelina which can last up to two years.
Best Plant Based Omega-3 Supplement
Excel Supplements is the best plant based oil derived from Camelina to provide omega 3,6 and 9. We cater to the needs of equine, canine and livestock diets. The first reason that makes our company the best is that all of our production is done in house with ingredients tracing back to our farmers. Due to this, we can guarantee environmental sustainability in our production process. Production is carefully monitored and we pride ourselves on our supplements being “from our seed to your feed.” Our product has been developed to provide 100% natural, limited ingredient oil that maximizes bioavailability of key nutrients. Last but not least, the 2:1 ratio of omega- 3 to omega- 6 is one of the most balanced ratios found in comparable oils. The guarantee that Excel Supplements provides makes it the best plant based omega-3 supplement on the market today.