DON'T GO FISH
Fish oil is widely marketed and promoted on the internet and throughout the media. It is touted as the best source and sometimes the only source of long chain essential fatty acids known as Omega 3. Fish oil is not a suitable source of these essential nutrients.
The fish oil producers claim that ALA (alphalinolenic acid), the vegetable source of omega 3, cannot be converted into DHA which is the fish oil source of omega 3.
I would like to begin with a quote from Udo Erasmus, the world’s expert on essential fatty acids.
“The claim that the body cannot convert ALA to EPA and DHA was not true 20 years ago, and is not true today. This claim does, however, serve to protect the fish oil market. You see, if people knew that the body converts the plant n-3 ALA, to the long chain n-3 derivatives found in fish, they would stop using rancid, contaminated, or partially damaged fish oils and would use n-3 rich vegetable oils made with health in mind instead.”
Regardless of how the essential fatty acids are metabolized into the system the fact is that feeding EFA-3 produces obvious positive results. Many times these benefits are evident after years of seeing veterinarian after veterinarian and giving prescription after prescription. It does not matter weather it is due to the conversion of ALA or weather it is ALA providing the benefits on its own merit.
Pure, unrefined fish oil is not palatable for human, horse or pet consumption. You would be lucky to get within three feet of the container before, let me say, turning your nose up. In order the make it palatable, the producers must do much more than simply adding a flavor. The oil must be manipulated which includes heating, deodorizing, bleaching and “distillation”.
A beneficial source of omega 3 which is manipulated in any way and changed from its natural state changes the configuration of the molecule. This will render it ineffective. Any form of manipulation including the “molecular distillation” processes which is proclaimed by fish oil producers will change the configuration of the long carbon chains rendering it ineffective. This is why EFA-3 must be kept in the refrigerator. It will be affected by heat and light because of the fact that it is in a natural pure state.
We are all aware that our polluted waters are polluting our fish. This pollution shows up as toxins such as pcb’s, dioxins, and mercury. These pollutants are contained in the liver, organs and subcutaneous fat in the fish. By extracting oil, these concentrations of toxins are increased many fold. Again, in order to remove these toxins, the oil has to be manipulated.
ARE YOU FEEDING THE WRONG KIND OF FAT?
The trend today is to go to a higher fat diet for out animals. The idea is a good one, but you must consider which form of fat you are feeding. The only kind of fat that can be used in a commercial feeds is one that is processed. Processing destroys beneficial essential fatty acids.
There are many forms or types of fat but the fat in your feed is primarily processed Omega-6 fatty acid. You can't get around it, that is all thet can put in feed. Corn oil is worse yet, 98% Omega-6. This causes the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 to be out of balance with Omega being 10 -20 times the desirable levels.
Feeding too much of the wrong kind of fats will create a pro-inflammatory, immune suppressed, catabolic (muscle wasting) state.