How important are the right omega-3s in a pet's diet?
Research shows that consumers are spending more money on their pets' food than ever before, with the sole aim to keep them healthy and happy. This can, however, only be achieved by a well-balanced diet.
Omega-3s have many recognised health benefits for dogs and humans alike. Choosing a pet food that contains omega-3 is the first step you can take to ensure your pet can benefit from this important nutrient on a regular basis. But not all omega-3s are effectively utilized by pets. Therefore, choosing the right source is important.
Not all omega-3s are the same
Plant-based omega-3 in the form of ALA will have to be converted to EPA and DHA in order to give the same health benefits. However, the conversion rate of ALA to EPA and DHA is poor in pets, and less that 10 % will convert to these vital fatty acids. Hence, marine omega-3s are more effective that plant-based omega-3s.
Krill are tiny crustaceans that are present in all oceans, holding a vital position in the marine food chain. Antarctic krill is a superior source of marine omega-3s, with a distinctive advantage when it comes to the form their omega-3s are made of. This is known as the phospholipid advantage.
Recent studies have shown that the phospholipid-bound omega-3s from krill are more effective in raising omega-3 levels in a dog's body compared to triglyceride-bound omega-3s, such as those found in fish oil.
Known as the foundation of all cells, omega-3s are more effectively incorporated into tissues cell membranes when bound to phospholipids. And this incorporation is crucial to obtain the health effects of omega-3s. Once in place in the cell membranes, the omega-3s EPA & DHA support the health of several vital organs, including the heart, kidney, liver, joints, brain, eyes, skin and coat.
Krill is a superior source of omega-3s and much more
Besides being a source of omega-3, krill is also naturally rich in marine proteins, choline and astaxanthin – a natural antioxidant that protects all body cells from oxidative damage.
Krill meal (or QRILL Pet) is a 100% natural product, made only from whole Antarctic krill. Antarctic krill is protected from overﬁshing by CCAMLR and has obtained MSC certiﬁcation assuring sustainable ﬁshing practices, which makes QRILL Pet an attractive feed ingredient that ensures optimal health of pets in a sustainable manner.
Source: Aker Biomarine