Why is A Balanced Omega Fatty Acid Ratio Important?
The trifecta- fatty acids, athletic endurance and muscle development. Fatty acids merge with cell membranes in all tissues and organs of the body when eaten. That means having a correct balance of these fatty acids is important. The balance determines how they effect the horses body. Omega-3 contains anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-6 on the flip side is a necessary fatty acid that contains inflammatory properties which are needed for balance. So, a diet with too much Omega-6 can lead to results outside of the expected goal when feeding omega supplements. Excel Supplements offers a 2:1 ratio of omega- 3 to omega- 6. Our ratio is one of the most balanced found in comparable oils. Such a ratio promotes recovery from exercise, improving athletic endurance.
Do Omega Supplements Support Athletic Endurance in Horses?
Studies have shown that omega-3 can improve athletic endurance. Meaning your horse could withstand a higher work load. When your horse withstands a higher workload it allows for more muscle to develop. This is because you are providing fat as an energy source. Horses are typically dependent on glycogen (a form of sugar storage in liver and muscle) which can deplete quickly. In that case, fat supplementation could allow the horse to exercise for longer periods of time before tiring.
What Are The benefits of Vitamin E For horses muscles?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin (absorbed best when paired with a fat) that acts as an important antioxidant for horses. It helps maintain a healthy immune system. And in this case, it supports normal nerve and muscle function.
Our Excel ProElite differs from our ExcelEQ by offering extra vitamin E to help ease muscle soreness and stiffness in exercising horses. This helps them sustain high levels of activity. Additionally, vitamin E will help muscles recover after exercise which can support athletic performance.
Does Omega-3 Help Grow My Horses Muscles?
Unfortunately, we do not have any proof that there is a direct correlation between omegas and muscle development. However, the numerous benefits it offers to your horses athletic endurance and muscle health allows for you to work your horse more often and longer. Additionally, with the promotion of healthy tissue it allows for your horses muscles to heal faster with a decreased chance of complications. This could help horses recover quickly from exercise and improve performance. Excel ProElite and EQ’s ability to support your horses joints and tissue is what allows for you to aid in their muscle growth.
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- Oldham, SL. et al. Storage and mobilization of muscle glycogen in exercising horses fed a fat-supplemented diet. J Equine Vet Sci. 1990.