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).

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!

 

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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

New Research: Omega-3’s and ADHD

Well, parents, August long weekend is now behind us and you all know what that means: back to school is right around the corner.

For many this is an exciting time. But for others it can be a time of increasing stress. Especially if your child has been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or you believe they may be dealing with it.

ADHD and Children in Canada

According to the Center for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) ADHD is the most common psychiatric issue facing kids in our country with 1 in 20 children believed to have the affliction. That means, on average, there’s at least one ADHD child in each classroom in the country.

ADHD can manifest itself in a number of ways and CADDAC states that:

“Children, adolescents and adults with untreated ADHD are at a greater risk for:
– Learning difficulties, less academic success, school dropout, and fewer years of schooling
– Additional mental health disorders and problems with self-esteem
– Substance abuse and a greater chance of becoming involved in the justice system
– More accidents and sustaining injuries, more automobile accidents and earlier death”

These are frightening possibilities for any concerned parent. But what is one to do?

CADDAC believes a multi-prong approach to fighting ADHD is the best. This can however, quite often include powerful and addictive stimulants.

Omega-3’s: A Natural Option?

There is now though, growing evidence that natural Omega-3 could be an effective tool to help children who struggle with attention issues.

A recent paper published in “Neuropsychopharmacology”  is shining a light on the benefits that Omega-3 supplements can have in the fight against ADHD.

The scientific work involved over 700 children and assessed how Omega-3 supplements impacted their cognitive abilities. The findings clearly pointed to Omega-3 supplements having a profoundly positive impact on ADHD children.

The study came to the conclusion that Omega-3 supplementation: “improves clinical symptoms and cognitive performances in children and adolescents with ADHD, and that these youth have a deficiency in [Omega-3] levels. Our findings provide further support to the rationale for using [Omega-3’s] as a treatment option for ADHD.”

In clear terms: the study determined that kids with ADHD need more Omega-3’s in their diet. And when they get them: they do better.


Why SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil?

Contains DPA

Omega-3 supplements are natural and safe for all ages. Their beneficial properties come from fatty acids: critical health building blocks. In most supplements, this includes DHA and EPA.

In SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil however, this includes DHA, EPA AND DPA. Seal oil is one of the only places on earth (outside of a mother’s breast milk) where DPA can be found in high concentrations. It has unique benefits on its own but can also act as a natural boost to augment EPA and DHA integration in the body. Click here to learn more about DPA

Toxin Free

Not only does SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil contain DPA you can be assured it’s pure and free of all toxins. We take great pride in delivering a product that is of the highest-quality. All batches are tested for impurities by a third party and we have posted those results for you to examine at : https://www.seadna.ca/quality/

Easy to digest

Another nice bonus for parents is that SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is easy to digest. The fact it comes from a mammal means our body is naturally more inclined to absorb and integrate its benefits. This means any concerns about “fishy burps” can be pushed aside.

 

We know there is nothing more important to a parent than the well-being of their child. We encourage you to speak to your family doctor about Omega-3 supplements as an option for ADHD treatment. If you do however choose to explore it, we recommend giving SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil a long look. 

We should also point out that Omega-3 supplementation is good for people of all ages dealing with attention issues. 

It’s natural, of guaranteed quality and is purely Canadian through and through. SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil has been classified as a Natural Product by Health Canada. 

If any parent has questions about SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

To purchase SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil: www.boutique.seadna.ca/catalog

For additional information on alternatives to chemical treatments for ADHDLink – Cognitune

Yours in good health,

SeaDNA Canada

Sources: 

(Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Youths with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials and Biological Studies – JanePei-Chen Chang, Kuan-Pin Su, Valeria Mondelli and Carmine M Pariante)

THE OMEGA-3/OMEGA-6 RATIO AND SEADNA OMEGA-3 SEAL OIL

As time moves on very little remains the same. The lives we lead today bear little resemblance to what we knew one hundred, fifty, or even twenty years ago. There do though, remain certain constants. The basic make-up of the human body is one of them.

We may be taller and we may live longer now thanks to better health care and nutrition options. But at our core the same truths that govern our health haven’t changed for millennia.

One of these is a healthy Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio.

The Omega Balance 

Health researchers believe that our original diets (back when haute couture was a well-placed loin cloth) consisted of an Omega 3-6 ratio of 1:1. We ate fresh fish, fresh meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Processed or fried food wasn’t even a thought. Now, it’s the first thought for many when it comes to their diet.

It’s estimated the Omega ratio in Western diets is now at 15:1 in favour of Omega-6’s thanks in large part to deep fried and processed food choices. (Simopoulos, 2002)

So why is this so important and potentially dangerous?

Think of your Omega ratio like a teeter-totter. The more Omega-6 you put in your body the better your chances of harming your health. Unfortunately, the dietary norms of today heavily tilts our internal Omega teeter-totter toward the unhealthy.

The higher our Omega-6 levels compared to Omega-3, the more at risk we are for many serious health issues. Among them: cancer, heart problems, increased inflammation and autoimmune disease.

Improving our diet is one way to get our health back on track. By eliminating unhealthy food choices we can take steps towards balancing our Omega levels. Adding an Omega-3 supplement can also be a major help. SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil may just be your most complete and best option for this         

SeaDNA Seal Oil: A Natural, Pure Omega-3

Not only is SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil natural and pure, science has proven seal oil’s effectiveness at righting the body’s Omega balance.

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 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.

Our genetics will always have a huge say over how our health progresses as we age. However, the dietary choices we make are also critically important.

SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil is a choice many should explore to help ensure they give themselves the best chance at lasting health.

Why Seal Oil?

Contains DPA

Seal oil contains slightly less EPA and DHA than fish oil, but approximately 4% of DPA, giving an equivalent total Omega-3 level. (Brox et al. 2001) 

     

 Sn1 and Sn3 Positioning

The Omega-3 PUFAs in fish oil are mainly located in sn-2 position of the triacylglycerol (TAG) molecule, while they are located almost exclusively in sn-1 or sn-3 position in seal oil.

Thanks to the seal being a mammal (and us humans being the same) our bodies are naturally more inclined to accept and integrate Omega-3 from seal oil. This means no more “fishy burps” and better overall Omega-3 performance and retention. (Brockerhoff, 1968) (Yoshida, 1996)

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SeaDNA Omega-3 Seal Oil: your complete Omega-3 supplement choice.

References:

  1. Simopoulos AP. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56 (8):365-79. 
  2. 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) 
  3. 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. 
  4. Brockerhoff H, Hoyle RJ, Hwang PC, Litchfield C: Positional Distribution of Fatty Acids in Depot Triglycerides of Aquatic Animals. Lipids 1968, 3:24-29.
  5. 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.

 

Omega-3 supplements can prevent childhood asthma

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that women who were prescribed 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during the third trimester of pregnancy reduced their children’s risk of asthma by 31 per cent.

Click here to read the article.

Source: Hans Bisgaard et al. Fish Oil–Derived Fatty Acids in Pregnancy and Wheeze and Asthma in OffspringN Engl J Med 2016; 375:2530-2539 December 29, 2016 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1503734