Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Rea the Labrador

As with humans, our animals need optimal amounts of various nutrients to stay healthy and to perform at their best. Omega 3 fatty acids which are found in high quantities in flax oil and fish oil are of utmost importance for normal function.

Omega 3 fatty acids are easily damaged by exposure to excessive heat, air and light, which causes them to lose their therapeutic effect and become rancid. Animals who eat processed food are likely to be deficient in these fats.

Omega 3s are used by the body for a variety of functions. Some indications that animals might be deficient include a dry coat, flaky skin, stiff joints, cracked hooves and claws, poor reproductive performance, temperamental behaviour, fatigue, slow recovery and lowered immunity.

These beneficial fats help to increase oxygenation, which is the supply of oxygen to cells. This is very important for just about every bodily function and can help to increase performance and markedly improve recovery from strenuous exercise. The higher levels of oxygen also make it difficult for infections to develop.

Another valuable attribute of these fats is their anti-inflammatory properties which makes them exceptionally helpful for conditions such as allergies, asthma and other inflammatory conditions like arthritis. In addition to this, they also help to cushion the joints bringing tremendous relief to many animals with sore and stiff joints within days.

Animals which consume optimal amounts of Omega 3s have good cell membrane structure which gives them a shiny coats and an added barrier of protection of their skin. Omega 3s are effective at helping with eczema, skin allergies and cracked hooves and nails.


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