Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, what are the differences?

We often talk about omegas and their benefits for the health of our pet, however do we really know the differences between them and their real impacts? Here is some key information which will help you to make an informed decision when buying food or health supplements for your furry friends.

Omega-3

This omega is certainly the best known. Omega-3 can come from vegetable (hemp oil, linseed oil, etc.) or from animal sources (seal oil, salmon oil, krill oil, etc.). When it comes from a vegetable source, it is called ALA (alpha linolenic acid). This acid will have to be converted in the digestive system of your animal in order to transform in EPA and DHA, the fatty acids found in fish. As the conversion rate of ALA is quite low, it is considered as a “weak” source of omega-3. Bio-availability and retro-conversion will be better with omega-3 coming from fish oil and even superior with seal oil! Sea oil is better absorbed by your animal because the mammal cell structure is something their bodies recognize immediately. The molecular structure of seal oil therefore allows better assimilation. Also, in addition to EPA and DHA, seal oil contains a third fatty acid (DPA) which will convert into EPA / DHA during the digestion process of your animal. This will enhance naturally the benefits of Omega-3’s.

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Speaking of the benefits of Omega-3, what are they?

  • Decrease in shedding
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Reduction of allergies and inflammation
  • Better joint health
  • Improved heart health
  • Strengthening of the immune system in general
  • Helps in growth, reproduction and brain development

Omega-6

For your pet, the ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio would be 4: 1. In today’s diet, whether you give your animal raw or dry food, it will be high in omega-6. Some company even have a ratio of 20:1 in their pet food. This is why, it is really necessary to prioritize the addition of omega-3 to your pet’s diet rather than an intake of omega-6. Too much omega-6 for your pet could lead to problems like inflammation or heart disease. To find out more: But why is there too much omega-6 in my pet’s diet?

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Omega-9

Omega-9 is mainly found in plant oil and animal fat. It is not considered an essential fatty acid, since your pet is able build this fatty acid from unsaturated fats in its body and do not need specific food or supplements to produce it.

In conclusion the omega that you should prioritize is the omega-3, in order to restore the level of omega-3 vs. omega-6 ratio in your fury friend’s body and because they can easily produce omega-9.

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SOURCES

Elizabeth Koutsos, Stacey Gelis, Michael Scott Echols, in Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, Advancements in nutrition and nutritional therapy, 2016.

Mahmoud Alagawany, Shaaban S. Elnesr, Mayada R. Farag, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Asmaa F. Khafaga, Ayman E. Taha, Ruchi Tiwari, Mohd. Iqbal Yatoo, Prakash Bhatt, Sandip Kumar Khurana, Kuldeep Dhama
Animals (Basel),Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids in Poultry Nutrition: Effect on Production Performance and Health, 2019 Aug; 9(8): 573. Published online 2019 Aug 18.

Dr. Michael Dym. Recommended Omega-3 and Omega-6 Ratio for Pets (2011) <https://blog.petmeds.com/ask-the-vet/omega-3-and-omega-6-acid-benefits-for-pets/>

Gregory L. Tilford. Essential Fatty Acids For Increased Canine Health (2001) <https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/food/essential-fatty-acids-for-increased-canine-health/>

Simopoulos AP. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56 (8):365-79.

Bjørkkjær et al. Short-term duodenal seal oil administration normalised n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratio in rectal mucosa and ameliorated bodily pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Lipids in Health and Disease 2006, 5:6 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-5-6)

Brox J, Olaussen K, Osterud B, Elvevoll EO, Bjornstad E, Brattebog G, Iversen H: A long-term seal- and cod-liver-oil supplementation in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Lipids 2001, 36:7-13.

Brockerhoff H, Hoyle RJ, Hwang PC, Litchfield C: Positional Distribution of Fatty Acids in Depot Triglycerides of Aquatic Animals. Lipids 1968, 3:24-29.

Yoshida H, Kumamaru J, Mawatari M, Ikeda I, Imaizumi K, Tsuji H, Seto A: Lymphatic absorption of seal and fish oils and their effect on lipid metabolism and eicosanoid production in rats. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 1996, 60:1293-1298.

Evan J. H. Lewis, Peter W. Radonic, Thomas M. S. Wolever and Greg D. Wells. 21 days of mammalian omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves aspects of neuromuscular function and performance in male athletes compared to olive oil placebo. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2015).

Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda, Ikuo Morita, Sei-itsu Murota. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5, n-3), an elongation metabolite of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5, n-3), is a potent stimulator of endothelial cell migration on pretreatment in vitro. 54(5):319-25 (1996).

Sheppard, K.W., Cheatham, C.L. Omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid intake of children and older adults in the U.S.: dietary intake in comparison to current dietary recommendations and the Healthy Eating Index. Lipids Health Dis 17, 43 (2018) doi:10.1186/s12944-018-0693-9

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Ratio in Pet Food

Pet food is often high in Omega-6 but low in Omega-3. Too much Omega-6 and too little Omega-3 can lead to several health problems for your dog or cat. The difference between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids is based on molecular structure. A ratio of about 4-1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 is considered optimum for dogs but many commercial dog foods contain ratios of 20-1.

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 imbalance may lead to:

  • Inflammation
  • Allergy like symptoms
  • Pour coat or skin
  • Joint problems
  • Overweight and obesity

But why is there too many Omega-6 in my pet diet?

Most live-stock is grain-fed, which is high in Omega-6. Since most pet foods including raw food contain much more Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3 fatty acids, many pet food companies have added Omega-3 fatty acids to try and compensate for this difference.  However, the cooking and processing of most commercial pet foods does destroy some of the fatty acid content. Supplementing with a bioavailable Omega-3 can restore the balance.

Why Seal Oil?

The best Omega-3 / Omega-6 Ratio

A concrete example comes to us from Norway where a study (Bjørkkjær et al. 2006) clearly concluded: “… administration of seal oil normalised the n-6 to n-3 Fatty Acid ratio and improved the bodily pain dimension of health related quality of life of patients ….”

The ratio of SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is almost 8:1 in favour of Omega-3, an excellent balance to help promote better overall health. And as science has shown us, seal oil is proven to improve the critical Omega ratio.

Contains DPA

Seal Oil contains the link in the Omega-3 chain that all other Omega-3 supplements now sold are missing: DPA (docosapentaenoic acid). This compound occurs naturally in few places: Seal Oil and a mother’s breast milk are two.  DPA amplifies the positive impact that EPA and DHA can have on your pet.

More easy to absorb

Scientific studies have shown that the mammalian molecular triglyceride structure of the seal is more easily accepted by your pet’s body than the foreign fish molecular structure. This means optimal digestion and absorption for better results.

10 X More efficient

A scientific study has shown that the maximal stimulation of endothelial cell migration by DPA pre-treatment was achieved using only 1/10 of the required EPA concentration.  These data suggest that the effect of EPA on endothelial cell migration occurs via DPA, and that DPA plays an important role in repairing damaged vessels.

So the answer to the question “Will Omega-3 help my pet” is: “Phoque” Yeah!

SOURCES:

Dr. Michael Dym. Recommended Omega-3 and Omega-6 Ratio for Pets (2011) <https://blog.petmeds.com/ask-the-vet/omega-3-and-omega-6-acid-benefits-for-pets/>

Gregory L. Tilford. Essential Fatty Acids For Increased Canine Health (2001) <https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/food/essential-fatty-acids-for-increased-canine-health/>

Simopoulos AP. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56 (8):365-79.

Bjørkkjær et al. Short-term duodenal seal oil administration normalised n-6 to n-3 fatty acid ratio in rectal mucosa and ameliorated bodily pain in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Lipids in Health and Disease 2006, 5:6 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-5-6)

Brox J, Olaussen K, Osterud B, Elvevoll EO, Bjornstad E, Brattebog G, Iversen H: A long-term seal- and cod-liver-oil supplementation in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Lipids 2001, 36:7-13.

Brockerhoff H, Hoyle RJ, Hwang PC, Litchfield C: Positional Distribution of Fatty Acids in Depot Triglycerides of Aquatic Animals. Lipids 1968, 3:24-29.

Yoshida H, Kumamaru J, Mawatari M, Ikeda I, Imaizumi K, Tsuji H, Seto A: Lymphatic absorption of seal and fish oils and their effect on lipid metabolism and eicosanoid production in rats. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 1996, 60:1293-1298.

Evan J. H. Lewis, Peter W. Radonic, Thomas M. S. Wolever and Greg D. Wells. 21 days of mammalian omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves aspects of neuromuscular function and performance in male athletes compared to olive oil placebo. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2015).

Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda, Ikuo Morita, Sei-itsu Murota. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5, n-3), an elongation metabolite of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5, n-3), is a potent stimulator of endothelial cell migration on pretreatment in vitro. 54(5):319-25 (1996).

The Story of Sassa

We at SeaDNA believe our Omega-3 Seal Oil is the best and most complete supplement option for consumers.

We regularly promote its benefits here. But every once in a while we get an email from one of our customers that absolutely blows us away. Today was one of these days. 

Coxarthrosis & Omega-3 Seal Oil

SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil has science behind it that shows it can be incredibly effective to cope with arthritis.  We have outlined the benefits and the studies on our website: 

There is though no replacement for actual, tangible results and we are proud to say it appears in this the case. This email came to us from a SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil customer in Japan:

Dear Romy San

I wish to express my appreciation for your products you sent me.

My coxarthrosis is getting so much better since I took the pill every day for 6 months!!! 

I am so so happy not to feel pain when I stand up and down. It’s been hard times for me to feel pain during 24 hours, day time and night time. Now, I can walk for shopping, travelling and working without pain, which was hopeless for a long time. But now I can think of my future, too.

Once again, I would like to thank you and your company.

Good luck to you and your company.

Yours sincerely.

Nanayo Sassa

These results are exactly why we believe so strongly in this great Canadian product. It is naturally different thanks to the power of DPA and could be what makes a positive difference for your health as well.

SEADNA OMEGA-3 SEAL OIL FOR PETS

There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for our pets. They are part of our family and enhance our lives daily. We know this very well at SeaDNA and this is why we have created SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil for Pets – so you can help enhance the life of your little beastie! We are beyond excited about this next stage of our mission to bring the best in Omega-3 to as many people and now pets as possible. 

BUT WHY SEAL OIL?

CONTAINS 4% DPA:

Seal Oil has the power of 3 fatty acids: DPA + EPA + DHA. DPA occurs naturally in a few places. Seal Oil and mother’s breast milk are two. DPA increases overall Omega-3 retention and it intensifies the benefits of traditional Omega-3’s (DHA & EPA).

ENHANCED ABSORPTION:

The mammalian molecular triglyceride structure of the seal will be more easily assimilated by your pet which means optimal digestion and absorption for better results.

ECO-FRIENDLY & 100% CANADIAN:

Our seal oil comes from pristine and icy waters surrounding the Magdalen Islands and the coast of Newfoundland. Seals represent an abundant and renewable resource and their harvest is part of a responsible and sustainable marine ecosystem management.

PREMIUM QUALITY:

Sourced and made right here in Canada, SeaDNA Seal Oil for Pets is processed to the same high standards as our human Omega-3 products and provides the same health supporting attributes.

SO DELICIOUS:

Along with all these other good things, SeaDNA Seal Oil for Pets can also act as an appetite stimulant for those pets who may not always jump for joy at their usual food. The natural seal oil taste of our pet Omega-3 is one our dogs just can’t deny!

SKIN AND COAT

There are many benefits an Omega-3 can provide to a pet, but one of the biggest is the ability to fight inflammation. Inflammation is often directly tied to allergies in pets and many common skin and dander issues. Omega-3’s have been found to help in cases of dry skin and other similar disorders. Science has shown clearly that fatty acid supplementation has huge benefits.

There are many studies that have been done, but perhaps the clearest conclusion came from these ones:

Omega-3 fatty acid-enriched diets can be used to control inflammation associated with dermatologic conditions.”

Dogs receiving marine oil showed a significant improvement in pruritus […],self-trauma […] and coat character […] over time. When compared to the corn oil control over time, marine oil supplementation significantly improved pruritus […], alopecia […] and coat character […]. This study demonstrates the effectiveness of high doses of marine oil as an alternative anti-inflammatory for canine pruritic skin disease.

Omega-3 also works for cats: “[…] fish and flaxseed oil can reduce skin inflammatory responses in cats, however, flaxseed oil appears less immunosuppressive than fish oil.

 This means that if your pet has these issues an Omega-3 could be a life-changer for them.

MOVEMENT AND MOBILITY

There are numerous other benefits that have been tied to Omega-3 usage in pets which has veterinary professionals turning to them as a natural treatment for animals more and more. One that has been looked at and studied right here in Canada is mobility issues in dogs.

Researchers at the University of Montreal were able to determine that adding Omega-3 to a dog’s diet resulted in significant improvement for those having issues moving around. This study as compared the effect of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids compared to a regular diet over a period of 13 weeks in dogs afflicted by naturally occurring osteoarthritis:  “In lame occurring osteoarthritis dogs, a veterinary therapeutic diet that contains high level of omega-3 from fish origin improved the locomotor disability and the performance in activities of daily living. Such nutritional approach appears interesting for the management of osteoarthritis.

Another study concluded, “According to owners, dogs fed the [Omega-3 supplemented] food had a significantly improved ability to rise from a resting position and play at 6 weeks and improved ability to walk at 12 and 24 weeks, compared with control dogs.

Another study conducted on cats has shown that: “Cats on the fish oil revealed higher activity level, more walking up and down the stairs, less stiffness during gait, more interaction with the owner and higher jumps compared to those on corn oil supplementation.

If your family pup or kitty is getting older SeaDNA Omega-3 for pets could help ensure their later years are as good as possible.

HEART HEALTH

This is one of the most well-known benefits for humans. And wouldn’t you know it, Omega-3’s can also have huge benefits for pets as well! Once again, science has investigated and come to the conclusion that Omega-3’s aren’t just helping pets, in some cases they could even be life-savers.

In general, the studies show that adding more fatty-acids to your pet’s diet can help for common issues like arrhythmia:

Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce atrial vulnerability in a novel canine pacing model.

EPA may ameliorate the decrease in adiponectin and the increase in insulin and triglyceride concentrations in obese cats. (Mazaki-Tovi, 2011)

If your dog or cat has heart issues it is certainly time to look into Omega-3’s.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

This all comes back to the ability of Omega-3’s to target inflammation. Many immune system disorders in both humans, dogs and cats are related to inflammation and seal oil is very powerful at fighting this. Essential Fatty Acids like seal oil remain important mid-life and then later throughout the aging process, as they have a positive effect on the immune system:

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and other marine sources appear to be capable of modifying inflammatory and immune responses in dogs.

Dietary Fatty Acid can modulate leukotriene production by neutrophils in dogs, and suggests that foods enriched in (n-3) FA from fish oil may have value in the treatment of canine inflammatory diseases.

GROWTH, REPRODUCTION & BRAIN

An Omega-3 supplementation (especially DHA) is beneficial beginning with gestation and early development and is important for neurological and retinal growth:

Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and other marine sources appear to be capable of modifying inflammatory and immune responses in dogs. Information is provided on the capacity of dogs to metabolize omega-3 fatty acids and the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on […] neurologic development in puppies.

These findings indicate that preformed dietary (n-3) LCPUFA is more effective than ALA in enriching plasma DHA during perinatal development and results in improved visual performance in developing dogs.

Feeding dams a diet enriched with DHA during gestation and lactation has been associated with improvements in neurologic development of their puppies. Also, feeding diets or supplements containing DHA may improve memory or learning in young dogs.

These findings suggest that in juvenile felines, maintenance of 22:6n-3 status in the nervous system is important for optimal retinal function.

Therefore, any dog or cat breeder or any person who intends to get a puppy or a kitten in the near future should get a bottle of Omega-3 Seal Oil!

So, we’re shown you clearly that the science is in: and Omega-3 Seal Oil will help your dog or cat live a better life from day one to that unfortunate time we have to say goodbye. In between, SeaDNA Seal Oil can ensure that you and your cherished animal can enjoy as many great times together as possible. And really, that’s what it’s all about.

It doesn’t take much to make a huge difference!

 

CLICK HERE to learn more on SeaDNA Seal Oil or BUY NOW.

SOURCES :

Mooney et al. Evaluation of the effects of omega-3 fatty acid-containing diets on the inflammatory stage of wound healing in dogs. Am J Vet Res (1998) <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9659552 >

Moreau et al. Effects of feeding a high omega‐3 fatty acids diet in dogs with naturally occurring osteoarthritis (2012) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22805303

Roush et al. Multicenter veterinary practice assessment of the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on osteoarthritis in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2010

<https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20043800>

Laurent  et al. Long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce atrial vulnerability in a novel canine pacing model. Cardiovasc Res. (2008)

< https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18006468>

Corbee et al. The effect of dietary long-chain omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on owner’s perception of behaviour and locomotion in cats with naturally occurring osteoarthritis. Epub (2012) <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22882740 >

Bauer JE. Responses of dogs to dietary omega-3 fatty acids. J Am Vet Med Assoc (2007) < https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18052798>

Bauer, J. E. (2011). Therapeutic use of fish oils in companion animals. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2011) <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22087720 >

Heinemann KM, Waldron MK, Bigley KE. Long-chain (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids are more efficient than alpha-linolenic acid in improving electroretinogram responses in puppies exposed during gestation, lactation, and weaning. J Nutr 2005;135:1960–1966. < https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16046723 >

Pawlosky RJ, Denkins Y, Ward G, et al. Retinal and brain accretion of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in developing felines: the effects of corn oil-based maternal diets. Am J Clin Nutr 1997;65:465-472. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9022532>

Hall JA, Tooley KA, Gradin JL, et al. Effects of dietary n-6 and n-3 fatty acids and vitamin E on the immune response of healthy geriatric dogs. Am J Vet Res 2003;64:762-772. < https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12828263>

Hall JA, Henry LR, Jha S, et al. Dietary (n-3) fatty acids alter plasma fatty acids and leukotriene B synthesis by stimulated neutrophils from healthy geriatric Beagles. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids

2005;73:335-341. < https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16146686/ >

Dawn et al. Double‐blinded Crossover Study with Marine Oil Supplementation Containing High‐dose icosapentaenoic Acid for the Treatment of Canine Pruritic Skin Disease. (1994)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-3164.1994.tb00020.x  

Park et al. Dietary fish oil and flaxseed oil suppress inflammation and immunity in cats.

Vet Immunol Immunopathol. (2011) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21440312  

Mazaki-Tovi, et al. Effect of omega-3 fatty acids on serum concentrations of adipokines in healthy cats. Am J Vet Res. (2011) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21879986

Heinemann KM, Bauer JE. Docosahexaenoic acid and neurologic development in animals. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006;228:700-705. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16506930

SEALING MOUNT EVEREST

With the adventure of a lifetime ahead of her, Canada’s own Robyn Moyles is set for the legendary challenge that is Mount Everest.

After months of preparation, Robbie leaves today (Friday, November 2) for a trip unlike anything she has faced before. But Moyles believes she has a secret weapon in completing her mission at the towering behemoth: SeaDNA seal products.

I’m originally from Newfoundland, so consuming seal meat was a regular delicious source of protein. I was introduced to seal oil a few years back and did my own research on the benefits of replacing traditional fish oil with seal oil. Within a short period of time I noticed a significant difference in my overall athletic well being/performance and it is a great aid for post recovery workout,” Moyles says.

Robbie has been a Crossfit devotee for almost a decade and has competed competitively for the last four years. Her work ethic and dedication has earned her podium finishes both here in Canada and internationally.

Robbie, now 52, says seal oil – quite simply – works better than other Omega-3 products, “During competing season, I double up on the products which my body responds to positively from the demands of my sport.   I’ve come to believe it’s a superior product and I’d never leave home without it.

Discover the difference between Seal Oil VS. Fish Oil

Fit, focused and prepared, Robbie will take her steps on Everest alongside an experienced Sherpa who will lead the way to base camp. Originally, Robbie had planned to be part of a small group. But as time progressed, she was the last woman standing.

Back in August, I attended a celebration. Among the friends there was a small team planning an Everest trip to base camp.  One of the team members had canceled and they needed a replacement for the upcoming expedition. I was invited along and here we are.  Interestingly enough, due to unforeseen circumstances I’m now the only one going.”

With her arrival at Everest approaching quickly Robbie says, “The excitement is ‘mounting’ (LOL).  My intention along with my Sherpa is to make it to base camp and from there move forward as he sees fit.

With her body full of SeaDNA Omega-3, Robbie will also have her bag full of SeaDNA Seal Jerky as she treks Everest. She has taken three cases of the North Jerky to give her the energy she will need and says the incredible nutrition this Canadian Superfood provides is exactly what she is looking for. “The trek is monumental and the hope is to be nourished with the scenery and seal meat along the way.”

It’s stories like this from amazing everyday folks like Robbie that we absolutely love. We will be following the inspirational Ms. Moyles through her epic adventure to Mount Everest and encourage you to follow along as well with us on Facebook and Instagram.

And to our new hero Robbie herself: Best of luck, godspeed and we are proud that our product can play even a little part of your success!

Onward and upward!

Also read:  The Canadian Omega-3 Movement

Also read: SeaDNA Seal Jerky:  THE SUPER JERKY

Also read:  Discover the DPA Difference for Joint Pain

FIGHT ANXIETY WITH SEADNA SEAL OIL

It may have been a long time coming but mental health has never been more in the spotlight here in Canada than it is right now.

Efforts to remove stigma surrounding mental issues have become massive, nation-wide initiatives helping thousands address what may be impacting them. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, 1 in 4 Canadians will experience “at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime.” Some may turn to professional help, however many more will not.

Thankfully though, one little dietary change could be enough to help some light shine through the dark cloud anxiety and depression can bring. Science has clearly shown Omega-3 supplements like SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil can have a positive impact.

So if someone in your life is dealing with issues of anxiety or depression, taking SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil could make a major difference.

SCIENCE-BACKED RESULTS

A recent compilation of 19 clinical studies on the issue was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently and among the findings quoted was:
– Clinical trials have found a link between those who have low Omega-3 levels and mental health issues.
– Omega-3 supplements can reduce anxiety and depression in patients with low Omega-3 levels.

Back here in Canada researchers have also been looking into the issue and found similar results. Scientists from Quebec and Ontario studied over 400 Canadians for four years and determined Omega-3 supplements are effective at fighting symptoms of anxiety and depression.

WHY SEAL OIL?

So now that we have determined Omega-3 supplements could help – why is SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil a good choice?

First, there is the unique power seal oil brings thanks to its third fatty-acid called DPA. DPA is a super-hero of an Omega-3 that fish oil supplements do not have in high quantities. It is the natural presence of DPA in balanced quantities with EPA and DHA that makes SeaDNA Seal Oil the most complete, and perhaps, most effective Omega-3 on the market.

POWERED BY DPA

Quebec-based researcher Caroline Morin and her team have found DPA to be very potent in helping our body restore a healthy Omega-3/6 ratio. As we age, our body naturally shifts to a more Omega-6 heavy diet which can throw things out of whack internally. Adding Omega-3 to our diet is the only way to revert this change.

Many Canadians currently choose fish oil for their Omega-3 needs. It delivers EPA and DHA: two key fatty acids that do wonders in the body. However, SeaDNA Seal Oil doesn’t just have EPA and DHA, it has the added power of DPA.

SEAL OIL: IMPROVED ABSORPTION AND UTILIZATION

Along with the presence of DPA, SeaDNA Seal Oil is also more efficient and more easily digested than alternatives. The fact the seal is a mammal also means our bodies naturally integrate the Omega-3 content faster. We handle the familiar mammal cellular make-up of seal oil very well, meaning no reflux or annoying disgusting burps.

SeaDNA Seal Oil is also 100% Canadian from front to back and is of the highest quality.
Click here to learn more about the differences between seal oil and fish oil.

SEADNA: FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

SeaDNA offers, along with our traditional softgels, a Lemon-Flavour Seal Oil that has been called the “best-tasting Omega-3” supplement on the market. Its versatility means you can add it to smoothies, juices, or your favourite salad dressing. One teaspoon a day is all you need.

SeaDNA’s line of Omega-3 products have all been certified as Natural Products by Health Canada and are 100% Canadian sourced and produced. 

To order: boutique.seadna.ca/catalog
For more information: seadna.ca or [email protected]


Sources: 1 / Kaur G, et al. Docosapentaenoic acid (22: 5n-3): a review of its biological effects, 2011. 2 / Kelly, et al. The polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DPA exert a protective effect in the hippocampus of the aged rat. PubMed, 2011. 3 / Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda, et al. Docosapentaenoic acid (22: 5, n-3), an elongation metabolite of eicosapentaenoic acid (20: 5, n-3), is a potent stimulator of endothelial cell migration in vitro pretreatment, 1996. 4 / Neil J. Mann, et al. Effects of seal oil and plasma on platelet parameters and plasma lipid levels in healthy subjects, epub, 2010. 5 / Evan J. H. Lewis, Bruce A. Perkins, Leif E. Lovblom, Richard P. Bazinet, Thomas M. S. Wolever, Vera Bril. Effect of omega-3 supplementation on neuropathy in type 1 diabetes. Neurology, 2017; 88 (24): 2294 DOI: 6/Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal. “Treating depression with Omega-3: Encouraging results from largest clinical study.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 June 2010./Ann C. Skulas-Ray, * Michael R. Flock, Chesney K. Richter, William S. Harris, Sheila G. West 1.3 and Penny M. Kris-Etherton., Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Red Blood Cell Docosapentaenoic Acid (DPA n-3) is Inversely Associated with Triglycerides and C-reactive Protein (CRP) in Healthy Adults and Dose-Dependently Increases Following n-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation, Nutrients (2015)/Calder PC. 2006. n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, inflammation, and inflammatory diseases. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 83 (Suppl 6): 1505S-1519S./Caroline Morin, Pierre U Blier, and Samuel Fortin. Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosapentaenoic acid monoglycerides are more potent than docosahexaenoic acid monoglyceride to resolve inflammation in a rheumatoid arthritis model. Arthritis Res Ther. 2015; 17: 142./Jean-Charles Hogue, Contribution of cholesterol ester transfer protein to the heterogeneity of LDL particles in heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. 2004. Master of Science (M.Sc.) Laval University./Kremer JM, Lawrence DA, Petrillo GF, LL Litts, Mullaly PM, Rynes IR, Stocker RP, Parhami N, Greenstein NS, Fuchs BR, Mathur A, Robinson DR, R Sperling, Bigaouette J. 1995. Effects of high-dose fish rheumatoid arthritis after stopping nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Arthritis & Rheumatism 38 (8): 1107-1114./Kremer, J.M. 2000. n23 Fatty acid supplements in rheumatoid arthritis. Am J Clin Nutr 2000; 71 (suppl): 349S-51S/Lau CS, Morley KD, Belch JJ. 1993. Effects of fish oil supplementation on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug requirement in patients with mild rheumatoid arthritis – a double-blind placebo controlled study. British Journal of Rheumatology 32 (11): 982-989/https://www.pharmacytimes.com/resource-centers/omega-3/study-links-omega3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-with-reduced-anxiety-symptoms-

THE CHEF’S SEAL – EPISODE 2: “CARIBOU GOURMAND TATAKI”

EPISODE 2: CARIBOU GOURMAND

When we first came up with “The Chef’s Seal” series we had some simple but important goals:

– Introduce seal to a new audience
– Showcase the fantastic chefs and restaurants that have looked past the propaganda to embrace a truly Canadian protein
– Let those who are responsible for choosing the products explain (in their own words) why seal deserves a place on the menu
– Encourage our fellow Canadians to get out and try it for themselves

To help achieve this we turned to the chefs themselves to tell their “Seal Story.” You may notice a theme among these chefs: they are all young, they are all talented, and they have all embraced a “local food” mindset when it comes to selecting product. They don’t settle for items that don’t meet their standards or do not fit into their vision. Everything they use is carefully selected and we are proud they have chosen SeaDNA seal meat for their menus.

Delicious, incredibly nutritious and truly sustainable; seal has been a part of Canada’s story for generations. We believe it is time for seal to take a step forward and for our country to embrace and utilize this gift mother nature has bestowed upon us.

We also wanted folks in Montreal to be able to see this video series and then, most importantly, make plans to go experience seal. So, we will focus on one establishment for a month before moving on to the next. We hope this will allow you at home the time to support the restaurants here in Montreal that are embracing and elevating our unique Canadian food identity.

Please enjoy this video series and share as much as possible!

To view Episode 1 of The Chef’s Seal – “Smoked Butter Seal” click here. 

The Chef: Guillaume Paimparay

Guillaume Paimparay is originally from Normandy, France but now calls Quebec home alongside his wife and partner Ines. Previous stints at Decca 77, Nuns’ Island locale Les Enfants Terrible and Steak Frite along with high-end catering gigs led Guillaume and Ines to Caribou Gourmand which they have run for the last year and a half.

The Dish: Seal Loin Tataki


Chef Paimparay: ” I had never tasted seal meat before. I was surprised by the colour especially. I had already tasted deer, I tasted a lot of game. But very few have come close to seal. I find that it has an exceptional feel in the mouth. It is delicate. It is tender. It is tasty. It is slightly iodized. It is just a perfect balance when one looks for game meat.”

“It is an overpopulated species, hunting quotas are very strict, harvesting and distribution is controlled. It is a privilege to have a wild meat like this we can enjoy. We explain to [customers] it is always better to eat a little bit of wild game meat like this than to go to fast-food restaurants and eat mass-produced meats. 

Ingredients: Seal Loin, Sea Buckthorn Coulis, Black Garlic Aoli, Jerusalem Artichoke Chips, Young Sprouts, Mustard Seed Caviar, Blueberries

The Place: Caribou Gourmand

Casual, comfy and a menu that provides a vast array of great local ingredients with a unique spin. 

As Caribou Gourmand says on their website“It’s a pleasure to share with you our love of food by combining gourmet seasonal ingredients, our Normand roots and Quebecois influences. All that, of course, in a relaxing and convivial atmosphere.

 

Caribou Gourmand:
5308 St Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC
(438) 387-6677
http://www.caribougourmand.com/

Hours:
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Evening: Wed-Sat 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (11:00 pm Fri & Sat)
Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

For more information about SeaDNA Seal Products and the seal industry: www.seadna.ca.

SeaDNA Seal Meat is prepared in CFIA/HACCP approved facilities and can be sold in any retail establishment from coast to coast to coast. For inquiries: [email protected]

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SEADNA @ CHFA EAST!

It’s almost time to Expo in Toronto once again!

CHFA East is coming up this weekend (Sept. 14 and 15) and we can’t wait to meet up with old friends and make a bunch of new ones as well!

SeaDNA Canada will be on hand (Booth 2723) showcasing both our Omega-3 Seal Oil products and our incredibly nutritious seal jerky. We encourage all to stop by and see for themselves why the Canadian Omega-3 is  the complete choice for the entire family!

SEADNA OMEGA-3 SEAL OIL SOFTGELS

SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is a natural alternative to the often highly concentrated oils that promise artificially increased levels of EPA and DHA.

Why Seal Oil?


1/ Contains DPA:

DPA occurs naturally in few places: Seal Oil and a mother’s breast milk are two.  DPA intensifies the benefits of traditional Omega-3’s (DHA and EPA).

2/ 10 X More Effective:


The maximal stimulation of endothelial cell migration by DPA can be achieved using only 1/10 of the required EPA concentration.

3/ Easy to digest:

The mammalian molecular triglyceride structure of the seal is more easily accepted by the human body which means no “fishy burps” and optimal absorption for better results.

SEADNA LEMON- FLAVOURED OMEGA-3 SEAL OIL

More Omega-3 Every Day:

Only 1 teaspoon equals 800mg of DHA+EPA+DPA!

Even Better Absorption:

Seal oil molecules have Omega-3 fats primarily in the sn-1 and sn-3 positions as opposed to the sn-2 position of fish oil. Fats in the sn-3 position are more readily absorbed by the body. In a liquid form seal oil has been shown to promote even faster absorption, leading to greater effectiveness.

Ideal For Kids:

No capsules to swallow and easy to add to the morning juice!

Easy To Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine:

Add it to your smoothie or salad!

SeaDNA SEAL JERKY

Our smoky blend of chipotle, pepper & maple compliments the natural taste of the seal to create a high-energy, delicious jerky product that stands alone among its peers. SeaDNA Seal Jerky is:

PROTEIN PACKED: With a 50% protein content you get one of the highest natural levels of protein currently available in a jerky product.
HIGH IN IRON: Each bar contains 64% of your daily iron needs: a huge boost for people struggling with iron deficiency.
LEAN POWER: Low in fat naturally, SeaDNA Seal Jerky has just 0.5g of unsaturated fat per serving and 60 calories.
NUTRIENT RICH: Along with protein and iron, SeaDNA has naturally high levels of Magnesium, Zinc and Phosphorus.
SAFE AND HEALTHY: SeaDNA Seal Meat has been tested and meets all safety requirements pertaining to heavy metals as defined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. All  SeaDNA products are processed in facilities approved by government agencies.
GLUTEN FREE: SeaDNA Seal Jerky is prepared without the use of gluten.
SUSTAINABLE, SECURE & CANADIAN:  With a population of over 7-million, the North Atlantic harp seal herd is very strong. The quota for the annual harvest is set and strictly monitored by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*NOTE FOR ALL RETAILERS TAKING PART IN CHFA EAST*: 
SeaDNA Omega-3 Products are available for all stores supplied by McKesson Canada.


REFERENCES:

(1) F.Shahidi, et al. Seal blubber oil: a novel source of w3 fatty acids, 1996.

(2) Toshie Kanayasu-Toyoda, et al. Docosapentaenoic acid (22:5, n-3), an elongation metabolite of eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5, n-3), is a potent stimulator of endothelial cell migration on pretreatment in vitro, 1996.

(3) Neil J. Mann, et al. Effects of seal oil and tuna-fish oil on platelet parameters and plasma lipid levels in healthy subjects, epub, 2010.

(4) Wang J, et al. Effect of chemical randomization on positional distribution and stability of omega-3 oil triacylglycerols, 2010.

(5) Mason RP, Sherratt SC.Omega-3 fatty acid fish oil dietary supplements contain saturated fats and oxidized lipids that may interfere with their intended biological benefits, 2017.

(6) Mann NJ, et al. Effects of seal oil and tuna-fish oil on platelet parameters and plasma lipid levels in healthy subjects, 2010.

 

 

THE CHEF’S SEAL – EPISODE 01: MANITOBA

EPISODE 1: MANITOBA

When we first came up with “The Chef’s Seal” series we had some simple but important goals:

– Introduce seal to a new audience
– Showcase the fantastic chefs and restaurants that have looked past the propaganda to embrace a truly Canadian protein
– Let those who are responsible for choosing the products explain (in their own words) why seal deserves a place on the menu
– Encourage our fellow Canadians to get out and try it for themselves

To help achieve this we turned to the chefs themselves to tell their “Seal Story.” You may notice a theme among these chefs: they are all young, they are all talented, and they have all embraced a “local food” mindset when it comes to selecting product. They don’t settle for items that don’t meet their standards or do not fit into their vision. Everything they use is carefully selected and we are proud they have chosen SeaDNA seal meat for their menus.

Delicious, incredibly nutritious and truly sustainable; seal has been a part of Canada’s story for generations. We believe it is time for seal to take a step forward and for our country to embrace and utilize this gift mother nature has bestowed upon us.

We also wanted folks in Montreal to be able to see this video series and then, most importantly, make plans to go experience seal. So, we will focus on one establishment for a month before moving on to the next. We hope this will allow you at home the time to support the restaurants here in Montreal that are embracing and elevating our unique Canadian food identity.

Please enjoy this video series and share as much as possible!

The Chef: Simon Mathys

Simon Mathys is one of the bright lights on the Montreal culinary scene. A graduate of the École Hôtelière de Laval, Mathys has spent time in kitchens in both Quebec and France including Daniel Vézina’s Laurie-Raphaël, Bar & Boeuf, Racines and Bistro Accords.

Now the head chef at Manitoba, Mathys has been putting his visionary stamp on this great Montreal establishment since January of 2017.

The Dish: Smoked Butter Seal Loin


Chef Mathys: “The dish lends from the history of Indigenous Canadians and how they ate seal. It’s not exactly how they ate it but it’s inspired by it. It is served almost raw,  thinly sliced and it will be sprinkled with a smoked butter to replace the seal fat. Fresh seal fat is hard to get and less accessible, so we use smoked butter. I think that for customers to have a familiar taste, can help make seal easier to tame for the first time.  It is served with a kind of dip, but it’s a dry dip. We use buckwheat and during the summer we have picked a lot of flowers and herbs that are found locally. So we have a summer and winter version. Both are prepared in a similar way and it’s I find – a good way to eat it.”

Ingredients: Seal Tataki, Smoked Butter, Roasted Buckwheat, Wood Sorrel, Daylily, Marigold, Dried Sagebrush, Fleur de Sel

(Click here for recipe details)

The Place: Manitoba

An intimate and sophisticated but casual atmosphere sets the scene for fantastic cuisine focused on local ingredients.

As Manitoba says on their website“We wanted a taste of the forest in our plates, a taste of nature in our glasses, wood, rock, wind. But over all, we wanted to share in the simplicity of eating well, drinking well and having a good laugh together.” 

Mission well accomplished.

Manitoba Restaurant
271 Rue Saint Zotique Ouest

Montreal, QC
(514) 270-8000
restaurantmanitoba.com
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 6 pm-1 pm
Fri & Sat: 6 pm-Midnight

For more information about SeaDNA Seal Products and the seal industry: www.seadna.ca.

SeaDNA Seal Meat is prepared in CFIA/HACCP approved facilities and can be sold in any retail establishment from coast to coast to coast. For inquiries: [email protected]

 

SMOKED BUTTER SEAL RECIPE


 

SMOKED BUTTER SEAL 

RECIPE CREDIT – SIMON MATHYS, EXECUTIVE CHEF: MANITOBA

In the first episode of “The Chef’s Seal” we introduced you to Executive Chef Simon Mathys of Restaurant Manitoba and his delicious “Smoked Butter Seal” (Price : $16.00). Now we want to show you how to make this recipe at home (or at least give it the ol’ college try)!

Although the recipe does require a little effort to find the accompanying herbs and plants, it does not have a lot of cooking and is fairly easy to prepare for the whole family.

One seal loin is equal to about 5-6 portion.

INGREDIENTS – SEAL FILLET:

  • 50 g of seal fillet (each fillet should make two-three servings depending on size)
  • 3 tbsp. of butter
  • A pinch of fleur de sel

INGREDIENTS FOR DRY “DIP”:

  • 3 tbsp. Roasted buckwheat
  • A pinch of Oxalis
  • A pinch of daylily buds
  • A pinch of dried sagebrush
  • A pinch of dried calendula flowers

SMOKED BUTTER:

If you have a smoker, you can make smoked butter yourself. Just put the butter in a dish and put in the smoker for about 1 hour. Make sure the butter is melted before you add it to the seal fillet. If you do not own a smoker, you can simply melt the butter in the microwave.

PREPARATION:

  1. Sear the seal fillet in a very hot pan. Add oil before cooking the filet. It needs to be served very rare, similar to a “blue” cook on a steak. Sear the outside very well for about two minutes on each side. Let rest for 4-5 minutes. Click here for our Seal Loin Tataki Recipe and for the Recipe Video!
  2. Slice the seal fillet into very thin slices.
  3. Place the sliced seal fillet on a plate, arrange them as you see in the above photo.
  4. Place the roasted buckwheat next to the seal, followed by the remaining ingredients in the “dry dip.”
  5. Add about two tablespoons of the smoked butter over the seal meat.
  6. Finish with a pinch of fleur de sel.
  7. Serve and enjoy! At Restaurant Manitoba, Chef Simon Mathys encourages patrons to enjoy this meal with your hands, paying homage to how seal is traditionally enjoyed here in Canada. Simply grab a slice of seal with your fingers and run it through the “dry dip.” Deliciousness follows.

Where to find:

SeaDNA Seal Loin (*Recommended to call ahead to ensure availability)

Montreal:
Poissonnerie la Mer
1840 René-Lévesque Blvd East
Montreal, QC
(514) 522-3003 (ext. 231)

Quebec City:
Poisson d’Or
960 Cartier Avenue
Quebec, QC
(581) 300-1510

Other stores where to buy seal meat.

Dry Dip Ingredients
(These could be a little harder to find. Feel free to experiment with herbs that have similar flavour profiles)

Roasted Buckwheat:


Can be found at many specialty and normal supermarkets. Examples in Montreal: AVRIL SUPERMARKET SANTÉ or at ALIMENTS TRIGONE.

Oxalis:


You can find this flowering plant in many forests across North America. The edible herb has an acidic flavour profile. This can be harder to find but is available via foraging or contacting local plant stores.

Daylily:


This wild flower is both delicious and fragrant. Available at many local plant and flower stores

Sagebrush (Wormwood or mugwort):


This plant brings an earthy, herbal boost to the dish. This is the plant that can create Absinthe. Can be found at local plant and flower stores.

Calendula (Marigold):


Known for a similar taste to saffron, the flowers bring a unique colour and taste. A common garden staple, it can also be found at specialty markets and local plant and flower stores.