Omega-3 for joint health
Giving your pet an Omega-3 supplement can benefit their overall health as well we specific areas such as joints, skin health and brain function and renal health.
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that the body needs but cannot produce naturally. Omega 3 fish oil can help to reduce the intensity of joint symptoms such as stiffness, tenderness, swelling and discomfort. The Omega 3 fatty acids can increase blood flow throughout the body during exercise, which can help to reduce joint pain and swelling.
One of the main benefits of Omega 3 is its anti-inflammatory properties which can play a role in reducing joint pain. Fish oil contains the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). EPA and DHA play a role in promoting the reduction of inflammation in the joints as well as limiting the production of certain negative proteins that inhibit various types of joint problems.
Studies show that Omega 3 can improve activity and performance in pets with joint stiffness. Omega-3 fatty acids can help to reduce the early signs, for example it keeps collagen and cartilage healthier for longer and helps to give your pet’s joints the shock absorbing properties they need.
EPA and DHA for dogs
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) are both Omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in cold water fish. Omega 3 fatty acids are an essential part of normal metabolism, but they cannot be produced naturally in the body so have to be consumed through diet or supplementation.
EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated fats due to them only containing six and five double bonds on their structural chains. Being unsaturated is an advantage as it makes it easier for the body to break down and utilise the fatty acids.
Make sure you look for Omega-3 supplements which state the EPA & DHA levels on the label, this is a declaration of the purity of the product.