Omega-3s, including EPA, ALA, and DHA, support the optimal functioning of many organs and systems in your pet’s body. Canine and feline research shows that omega-3 fatty acids help…
- Support your pet’s natural response to environmental stressors
- Promote the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, substances that help support immune response
- Increase joint comfort
- Support skin and ear health
- Support healthy retina and visual cortex development
- Maintain normal blood pressure levels already within the normal range
- Promote already healthy heart rhythms and endurance
- Support healthy cell growth
- Maintain normal levels of plasma triglycerides and cholesterol that are already within the normal range
- Promote already normal renal function
- Support healthy growth and reproduction
Your pet benefits from both omega-3s and omega-6s for healthy growth and development, as well as an optimally-functioning immune system.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids make up cell membranes, the semi-permeable layers that allow nutrients to pass in and wastes pass out of cells.
Omega-3 EPA and ALA help keep the cell membranes flexible and permeable. On the other hand, excess omega-6 AA may result in membranes that are brittle, sluggish, and inefficient.
A cell’s membrane releases both EPA and arachidonic acid (AA), and these two substances compete for the same metabolic enzymes. If AA is in greater abundance than EPA, AA seizes the enzymes.
These enzymes enable AA, leading to a less than optimal immune function.
In essence, at the cellular level, DHA and EPA help support the immune system.