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and Your Dog and experimental studies suggest that individuals genetically predisposed to chronic inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, and allergies can reduce the genetic incidence of these diseases by 40% with the addition of omega-3 fatty acids. This is because omega-3, on the other hand, reduces inflammation, supports immune function, promotes healthy skin and coat and is important for proper development of the retina and visual cortex. Omega-3 EFAs appear to protect the brain against environmental pollutants, making it an essential supplement for the aging dog. Although the alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) in flax seed oil offers numerous benefits on its own, many of the beneficial effects of ALA in flaxseed oil are due to its metabolic conversion to EPA. However, some studies show that, even under ideal conditions, only 20% of the ALA ingested can be converted to EPA.

This percentage can be much smaller in many individual dogs. Many factors may impair the conversion of ALA to EPA, including stress, vitamin deficiencies, and high levels of saturated fat and trans-fatty acids in the diet. Some disease states, such as diabetes and eczema, are also associated with impairment of the enzyme needed to convert ALA to EPA.

photo courtesy of Great Life Performance Pet Products

NATURAL HEALTH

Chia Seed The same green plant that grows like hair on Chia Pets is rich in omega-3 EFAs, fiber, high quality protein and offers other amazing health benefits. Only Great Life and Vet Preferred pet foods are including Chia seeds (oil) in their formulas—it is a great addition to the diet of dogs. Did you hear about the new super antioxidant vegetable that has higher antioxidant values than blueberries or açai berries? Great Life will be announcing this soon.…

If you have any questions: Visit www.doctorsfinest.com e-mail pethealer@gmail.com

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