Omega 3

There has been much written about the benefits of Omega 3 but what is it and why is it important?

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid.  The body needs it but can’t make it itself so must to take it in through food

Why is Omega 3 so important?  

A key benefit of Omega 3 are its anti-inflammatory properties.  This has an impact on a number of areas including coat condition, skin condition, mobility and cardiac health.  

  • Most coat and skin conditions involve inflammation of the skin, whatever their initial cause.  By reducing inflammation the symptoms are often relieved.   
  • The reduction of inflammation caused by Omega 3 also helps with mobility making tired, stiff and aching joints more supple.
  • There is a particular concentration of Omega-3 in the brain and there is emerging evidence to indicate that it is important for brain function, memory and behaviour.

Not all Omega 3 is the same.  It is the long chain DHA and EPA forms – that come from marine sources, which are beneficial.  The short chain ALA form of Omega 3 found in vegetable sources must first be converted to EPA & DHA for it to benefit, and dogs lack the enzymes to do that efficiently.

So marine sourced Omega 3 is what they need.


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