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Why should I give an omega-3 supplement?

Omega-3 fatty acids are in the spotlight of today's natural and holistic approaches to human and animal health. In recent years, extensive research and numerous clinical studies in humans and animals have confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids are involved in numerous vital physiological processes in the bodies, and that their deficit may cause or aggravate many serious medical problems and conditions.

 

Essential fatty acids are labelled “essential” because they cannot be synthesized or produced by the body. The two primary EFAs are linoleic acid (LA which is synthesized into Omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA which is synthesized into Omega-3). Of these EFAs, ALA is most lacking in today's equine diets. 

 

The immune system relies heavily on essential fatty acids. The omega-6 fats are important for generating robust immune response, while the omega-3 work to keep the response in check and also protect the immune system from damage.  The equine population needs supplemental omega-3 like Omega Balance EQ as they do not cover their daily requirements in the traditional diet. Unfortunately, the fat added to most feeds comes from “vegetable oil”, which lacks omega-3 and is poor in omega-6.  Grains used in horse feed lack in omega-3 and are poor in omega-6, which contribute to increase inflammation and promote disease.  In order to restore a healthy ratio, it is preferable to complete a horse's diet with a balanced supplement in omega-3 and 6, like Omega Balance EQ.

 

The balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 is crucial to the health and welfare of horses. 

 

Omega-3 has been proven to help horses with:

  • alleviating symptoms associated with arthritis

  • maintaining epidermal barrier function

  • hoof quality

  • improving reproductive performance

  • joint health

  • improving the immune system

  • preventing certain causes of founder (grain overload)

  • reduction in post-exercise muscle pain

  • decreased risk of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage

  • potent anti-inflammatory effect

     

You will find many informations on equine health and the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E in the health of your equine companion.