What is Omega 3?
Omega 3 are fatty acids which are very important fats that mammals must get from their diets. However, not all fatty acids are alike. Alpha- linolenic acid (ALA) is an essential fatty acid that the body converts to the longer chain omega 3’s called Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Most pets find it hard to produce EPA with a conversion rate of 10% and DHA even less with less than 1% converted.
Fish oils are rich in EPA and DHA. EPA is converted into anti- inflammatory components, which helps to manage inflammation- based problems such as joint, coat and bladder diseases. The addition of 2.5% to 3.5% of premium fish oil can lead to substantial health benefits for cats and dogs.
The role of DHA has a more structural role and is found in high concentrations in nerve tissue such as the brain and eyes. Puppies and kittens need EPA, in order to feed their growing brains, whilst older pets benefit from DHA, that helps to support their ageing brains.
Our Grain Free and Superfood 65 recipes have been formulated with an inclusion of ‘Omega- 3 supplement’ derived from fish oils. The fish oils used in the recipes are high quality, responsibly sourced premium oils which are rich in both EPA & DHA. Omega- 3 is added to help support healthy skin and coat, whilst also supporting cognitive and visual development.