What is Camelina Oil?
As horse people, we are familiar with different types of oils for our horses diet. 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 Excel’s Camelina oil, which allows for a quicker recovery of muscles post-workout. It also helps reinforce the immune system, which provides more protection against stomach irritation and ulcers.”
What is Camelina oil?
Camelina oil comes from the oilseed Camelina sativa. Camelina sativa is native to Europe and grows well in cold and arid climates. It can also be found in Asia and in some places throughout North America, Slovenia, and Italy. Camelina, known as, gold-of-pleasure, or false flax, has been used in natural medicine for years. Overlooked until recently for dietary use, Camelina sativa has many benefits for animals and humans alike.
Researchers’ became interested in Camelina because of its high level (up to 45%) of omega-3 fatty-acids. It is uncommon to have this level of omega-3 fatty-acids in plant based sources. Mainly comprised of polyunsaturated fats, cold pressed Camelina oil helps provide structure to cell membranes. This helps improve exercise stamina, lower heart rate, increase sperm production, improve immune response, and help with responsiveness to insulin.
Lastly, Camelina oil contains vitamin E in two forms, alpha and gamma tocopherol. These compounds protect the oil from oxidation and rancidity, which makes its shelf life stretch to over 18 months. Together with omega properties, vitamin E helps improve skin conditions and prevent free radical damage.
Is Camelina oil healthy?
Yes! Camelina oil comes from an ancient roman healing plant that has been used for decades for its medicinal properties. Comprised of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, Camelina oil holds the necessary components for a healthy diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty-acids are known as “essential oils” because they are only acquired through diet. Meanwhile, omega-9 fatty-acids are produced naturally by the body. Omega-3 fatty-acids are alpha-linoleic acid (also known as ALA), and omega-6 acids are linoleic acid (also known as LA). Excel’s premier Camelina oil, ExcelEQ ProElite, has a ratio of 2:1 omega-3 to omega-6. This ratio is one of the most balanced found in any supplementary oils you could feed your horse.
Is Camelina oil good for horses?
Yes! According to nutritionists, a majority of horses’ grain diets are higher in omega-6 fatty-acids (pro-inflammation) than omega-3 -fatty-acids (anti-inflammation). For horses to achieve optimal health, there must be a balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. Adding Excel’s exclusively grown and processed Camelina oil to your horse’s diet will help your horse stay nutritionally balanced.
Why are omega-3 fatty acids important for horses?
It has been proven that omega-3 fatty-acids help support a horse’s immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body. This property greatly helps a horse suffering from stiffness or arthritis. Studies have shown that feeding omega-3 can prevent and heal damage to nerve cells. Omega-3 can also lessen inflammation in the serotonin pathways in the brain, allowing for more serotonin receptors to activate. Serotonin affects mood; the lower the levels of serotonin are, the more anxious or nervous a horse can be.
Balancing a horse’s diet with omega-3 fatty-acids could lead to a horse with a more stable and consistent mood. Omega-3 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. ExcelEQ ProElite™ has a 2:1 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, the highest available plant based omega ratio on the market.
Why are omega-6 fatty acids important for horses?
While often known as the “bad” omega fatty-acid, omega-6 fatty-acids are necessary in well-balanced, moderate dosing. Omega-6 stimulates the immune system and assist in urine production, electrolyte balance, and digestion. These properties are important to maintain a healthy horse. Omega-6 also helps fight off infection and is exceptionally effective when looking to add some weight onto your horse.
What does Camelina oil smell like? Will my horse eat it?
Camelina oil has an earthy smell. Even the pickiest of eaters enjoy it as a top dressing to their normal grain ration.
How do you store Camelina oil?
Excel’s Camelina oil is cold-pressed with minimal processing, therefore maintain high levels of vitamin E, specifically gamma-tocopherol. This classifies Camelina oil as a stable oil, which also makes its shelf life longer.
Where can you buy Camelina oil?
Excel Supplements Camelina oil is available for purchase on our website, as well as retailers and dealers throughout the country. Check out our overall wellness formula, ExcelEQ. ExcelEQ is perfect for horses in low work or retired horses. Additionally, our performance and recovery formula ExcelEQ ProElite is perfect for horses with a heavy work load or in recovery.
What makes Excel’s Camelina oil different?
All of Excel’s Camelina oils are grown, controlled, and monitored by Excel. Starting with the Camelina sativa seeds to bottling and shipping of the finished product. We guarantee that our products are show safe, including FEI horses. We control the entire process and do not purchase outside ingredients from other companies to make our products. Quality ingredients make quality products. This prevents any possible cross-contamination and guarantees the consumer a pure product.
ExcelEQ ProElite™’s Camelina oil introduces CamOlive™ , which is a proprietary extract of olive triterpenes. CamOlive™ adds more anti-inflammatory capabilities to Excel’s Camelina oil, which allows for a quicker recovery of muscles post-workout. It also helps reinforce the immune system, which provides more protection against stomach irritation and ulcers.
If you are looking to properly supplement your partner with a great product, then Excel Supplements™ Camelina oil is perfect for you!