OMEGA-3-6-9 PET SUPPLEMENT (FAQ’s)
What are Omega-3 essential fatty acids?
Categorized as a “Nutraceutical” by nutritionists, they are polyunsaturated fatty acids necessary for life but unable to be manufactured by the body. As a result, they must be regularly supplemented in the diet for both pets and people.
What are the sources of Omega-3’s?
Terrestrial, livestock and marine (i.e. from green plants and nuts or from marine organisms and fish of the sea).
Are the terrestrial Omega-3s as healthy for pets and humans as the marine Omega-3’s?
No! Terrestrial plants and nuts contain no EPA or DHA and only small amounts of the ALA Omega-3 fatty acid. ALA has limited nutritional value. Marine sources of Omega-3s are EPA and DHA, ingredients offering significant nutritional value for both pets and people.
What are the chemical names for the three Omega 3's – ALA, EPA and DHA?
- ALA – Alpha Linolenic Acid
- EPA – Eicosapentaeonic Acid
- DHA – Decoshexaeonic Acid
How do the Omega-3s work at the molecular level?
They alter and stabilize the immune system in part by improving the integrity of cell membranes.
How do the marine Omega-3s EPA and DHA improve medical conditions in the lives of pets (and people)?
- Improves the aging process, skin/coat conditions, cardiac arrhythmias while lowering blood triglyceride/LDL cholesterol levels
- Improves joint/arthritic issues, dementia and neurological dysfunction
- Improve liver and kidney malfunction and may have value in improving eye conditions.
- Physicians routinely prescribe pregnant woman Omega-3 fish supplement to ensure adequate development of the nervous system for the growing fetus. Many veterinarians follow that same practice for pregnant pets
Who Needs Omega-3 EPA and DHA daily supplementation?
- Aging pets older than 6 years of age both male and female
- Aging pets developing dementia and nervous conditions
- Pregnant pets – may help develop nervous systems and vision in the fetus
- Cardiac challenged pets with elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides
- Arthritic and severe joint issue pets
- Troubled skin/coat issues like skin allergies
- Pets with severe kidney and liver issues
- Pets challenged with autoimmune disease
In what form are Marine Omega-3 supplements available?
- Whole fish raw or cooked & Whole smoked fish supplement treats (Epi-Pet)
- Omega processed food or treats (Most pet treats and pet Omega foods)
- Fish oil syrup in bottle or capsule form
- Omega food additives
What Omega-3 marine supplement has the purest bio-availability delivering the greatest health performance?
- Either whole fish raw or cooked or whole smoked fish supplement treats (Epi-Pet)
What is “Bio-availability” of Omega-3s and why is it such an important variable in Omega-3 product selection?
- Bio-availability is defined as the percentage of product available to be utilized for biological and metabolic function for pets and humans.
- 3 Sources of total bio-available Omega-3s – Fresh whole fish, Epi-Pet whole smoke fish and prescription drugs
- To be effective and bio-available, Omega-3s must be in the “Free State” form. “Free State” Omega-3 oils may be found either embedded in the flesh of whole fresh and smoked fish or isolated in liquid fish oil extracts. The Omega-3 oils embedded in fish flesh remain stable. Concentrated extracted fish oils may quickly become very unstable or rancid. To prevent destabilization and rancidity of extracted fish oil special chemical bonding of the Omega-3 oils that render much of the Omega-3 fish oil ineffective and unfortunately biologically unavailable.
- Fortunately, the bio-unavailable Omega-3s may be converted back to the “Free form” state and become bio-available. In some instances, digestive enzymes perform that function by breaking the stabilizing bonds of Omega-3 capsules, liquids, and processed foods/treats in the GI tract. Unfortunately, the conversion of the ineffective Omega-3 oils to effective oil may be only at the 10-20% bio-effective level.
- Fresh and whole smoked fish (& Epi-Pet Whole Smoked fish supplement) though have retained Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils in the unbound or “Free” state and therefore are totally bio-available offering maximum value.
Are Omega-3 supplements (neutraceuticals) considered to be effective and safe by the medical and scientific community?
- Omega-3s and Glucosamine are the only two neutraceutical supplements that have convincing “Clinical Trial and Evidence Based Studies” proving safety and efficacy.
- Health care officials, the scientific community, traditional and homeopathic medical personnel accept the studies proving Omega-3s to be safe and efficacies and that Omega-3s have extraordinary medical value.
What Omega-3 supplemental treats or food should be recommended for consumption by pets to achieve maximum benefit? And why?
- Omega-3 products must be palatable, totally bio-available and economical.
- Fresh cooked fish (anchovies, wild salmon, tuna, sardines, etc) is expensive and labor intensive
- The number one Omega-3 supplement product to be considered by veterinarians for pets is “Omega-3-6-9 Epi-Pet Whole Smoked Fish Supplement Treat”.
- Cooked Fish or Epi-Pet whole smoked fish treats not only provide the benefits of Omega-3s but also provide health benefits of the additional ingredients in whole fish that are not present in the isolated extracted fish oil products in the liquid bottle or capsule form.
- Epi-Pet Omega-3-6-9 supplement is balanced in the inclusion of omega-3s, 6s and 9s maximizing favorable biological functional value.
Is the recommendation of omega-3 fish supplementation a growing trend in human medicine? In veterinary medicine?
Yes. It may be the most popular trend in nutritional supplement recommendations in medicine today. Most cardiologists, internists, oby/gyns, pediatricians, dermatologists, virtually physicians of all medical disciplines, along with the progressive veterinarian, see value in supplementing their patients with marine Omega-3s containing EPA and DHA. Many human and veterinary practices have as many as 25% of their patients currently on some level of Omega-3s. Trending in pet care, Omega-3 products rival heartworm and flea/tick product dispensing numbers in many veterinary practices.