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Omega 3 Fish Oil

 

Sea Vet or Sea Pet Omega 3 Fish Oil
(natural source of essential fatty acids - EPA & DHA)

Sea Vet or Sea Pet only uses pure, medicinal grade Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oils - (sardines and/or anchovies). Omega 3 fish oils are naturally in the form of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). These are necessary and essential fatty acids for your pets. As fish oil, these essential fatty acids are ready-to-be-utilized by your pet for optimum effectiveness. Sea Vet or Sea Pet can be added to any diet for your pets.


Essential Fatty Acids – “The Good Fats - EPA & DHA”

The "good fats" or "healing fats" are the fats that we must obtain in order to be healthy. The key components of healing fats are the essential fatty acids - EPA and DHA. There are several different families of fatty acids but only two of these families are considered essential because the body must have them, but cannot make them. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) must come from foods. EFAs (particularly, DHA & EPA) play a critical role in the proper functioning of almost all of the major systems in the body.

Essential Fatty Acid Families:

1. Superunsaturated Omega 3 Family - Alpha-linolenic Acid (LNA) 
2. Polyunsaturated Omega 6 Family - Linoleic Acid (LA)

Even though both of these fatty acids are considered essential in the diet and we (both pets and people) can't live without them, it is also critical that they are consumed in a properly balanced ratio. This ratio should be around 2:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3. However, experts agree that the diets of both people and pets are providing an excessive amount of Omega 6 (LA) and little, if any, Omega 3. An imbalance as great as 20:1 is extremely common with the high consumption of overly-processed foods and very little whole, raw and fresh foods being incorporated into the modern diet. This imbalance has been proven to be a factor in most of the degenerative diseases. By adding a high quality source of Omega 3 to the diet, we can prevent or alleviate many of these diseases.

There are two basic sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids:

1. Plant based sources, such as flax seed, hemp seed, soybeans, walnuts, etc. (Sources of LNA) 
2. Cold water fish oils. (Direct source of EPA and DHA)

Plant sources contain the parent omega 3 essential fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic acid (LNA), which must be converted in the body to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) in order to perform most of their critical functions. The body requires approximately 10 g of LNA to produce 1 g of EPA. This conversion is extremely inefficient and can be difficult or impossible for some older animals or those with degenerative conditions and weakened immune systems. Unfortunately these are the animals that need it the most. Taking into consideration this conversion factor, it becomes necessary to consume a lot more of the plant sources in order to get the required daily allowance. If palatability is low, this can be extremely challenging.

On the other hand, cold water fish oils are a readily available abundant and direct source of both EPA and DHA, eliminating the need for this conversion in the body. Fish oils also tend to be a much more palatable source for animals.

Essential Fatty Acids and their derivatives serve a number of major vital functions in the body and are required for the following:

 

DHA (from fish oil) has been shown to be a key in neural development. Research, unveiled at the 2004 American Veterinary Medical Association convention, examined the role DHA (a long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid) - plays in puppies' neural development.

The research shows "that puppies nourished with enhanced (high) levels of dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were smarter, more trainable than typical-DHA (low-DHA) nourished puppies."

DHA is one of the most abundant fatty acids in the brain, and thought to be vital for mental function.  DHA has long been praised as a wonder nutrient for human infants and now it's been found to boost healthy brain development in puppies.

 

DHA, and its companion, EPA, are the forms of Omega 3 essential fatty acids naturally available in fish oils -- for optimum utilization. 

 

EPA (from fish oil) shown to be key for healthy joint cartilage. Research has shown that EPA is very effective in reducing the production and activity of the cartilage-damaging enzymes in your pet's body. Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Department of Veterinary Clinical Science in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cardiff have shown that "EPA can reduce damage to the tissue that lines the joint surface (cartilage) by decreasing the activity of enzymes in arthritis." "Our research has shown how a component of this diet, EPA, can slow down the progression of the disease (osteoarthritis)." (University of Liverpool)

EPA (from fish oil) also converts to series 3 prostaglandins, which have many benefits. They regulate:• the transport and metabolism of both cholesterol and triglycerides;

• the normal brain development and brain function;
• the visual function (retina), brain and nerve function (synapses), and adrenal function;
• the structure of the membranes that surround each cell in our body;
• the stimulation of metabolism, the increase of metabolic rate, the increase of oxygen uptake, and the increase of energy production; and
• the slowing down of the growth of cancer cells.

The series 1 & 2 prostaglandins have the exact opposite effect on the body as the series 3. They stimulate inflammation, constrict the arteries, make platelets stickier, and inhibit immune response. That is the reason why a properly balanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is so critical. In essence they keep each other in check.

In conclusion, the lack of Omega 3 and the excessive amount of Omega 6 in the modern diet ultimately create degenerative conditions. The processed foods still do not supply an adequate amount of Omega 3 to properly balance the ratio. Many nutritional supplements are still promoting and loading up the Omega 6 (LA) fatty acids -exacerbating an already severely imbalanced and unhealthy situation. The best solution to insure a pet’s health is to provide a high quality Omega 3 Fish oil supplement along with a premium food.

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