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Research has shown EFA's are vital to the normal development and growth of both humans and animals.

Fats are an important source of energy in the proper nutrition of dogs and cats.  However, the Essential Fatty Acids are used for energy only when they have completed their more important roles.  The Essential Fatty Acids are the good fats that are simply too important for the body to use as energy.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) is the name for a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that research has shown vital to the normal development and growth of both humans and animals.  They are the fats found in all cell membranes, in all tissue, and in all organs in the body.  Before birth, it is the EFA’s that are key to normal development of the brain, eyes, and bones.  These are the nutrients that throughout the life span have protective properties essential to good health.  The term EFA means that the body is unable to produce these fats and they must be obtained in food.  In animals today, there is clear evidence that deficiency of the EFA’s causes disease.

Dogs and cats often do not get the daily supply of EFA’s they need.  The result is that normal growth and development of the brain, eyes, skin, and hair suffers.  Research has shown that supplementing the diets of dogs and cats with EFA’s is an effective way to provide dogs and cats these vital nutrients.

The primary or most important of the EFA’s in promoting good heath in animals are the long-chained omega-3s, and two of the omega-6s.

Gama-linolenic acid and linoleic acid are the important omega-6s.  These omega-6 fatty acids are powerful anti-inflammory agents in the body.  They are also key nutrients required to have healthy skin and coats.  Dogs and cats age much more rapidly than humans.  They are subject to much faster degenerative processes.  The EFA’s reduce that rate of degeneration.

The long-chained omega-3s are the other primary EFA’s; they are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  They are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents throughout the body.  But even more important is the fact they are key to maintaining healthy brain, central nervous system, and heart function.  They are also important to maintaining healthy bones.

Borage oil provides the richest source, almost twice as much as any other, of the omega-6, gama-linolenic acid.  Flaxseed Oil is a rich source of the other omega-6, linoleic acid.  The long chained omega-3s are found almost exclusively in fish oil.  A refined fish oil can provide DHA and EPA more safely than by eating the fish itself.  The process concentrates the amount of DHA and EPA present while preventing mercury or organic chemical exposure.

The answer to providing dogs and cats these important nutrients is supplementation.  It is too risky to rely on diet alone.  Daily small amount of these key-healing fats is simple and effective.  It eliminates the possibility that EFA deficiency can harm your pet. 

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