Fatty acids are essential
to maintaining a wide range of physiological functions, including supporting
immune function, inflammatory response as well as fertility across all species,
The polyunsaturated group
of fatty acids are particularly important and are split into two types: Omega-3
and Omega-6. Most purchased pigeon feeds will be typically high in Omega-6 and
potentially deficient in Omega-3 due to the ingredients selected to meet other
nutritional requirements; with most diets containing cereal grains, seeds and
corns which are rich in Omega-6.
When Omega-3 and Omega-6 are
well balanced, it allows the body to help fight off challenges and infections
by supporting the immune system, and reducing the negative impacts of the
inflammatory response. Short chain Omega-3 fatty
acids such as Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) is found in flaxseed/linseed, walnuts
and other plant derived Omega-3 sources. However, when ALA is provided in the
diet, it first needs to be converted into long chain fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic
Acid (DHA) before it can be utilised by the bird. These long chain fatty
acids deliver an array of health benefits. The conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA
requires energy and research has shown, the process can be inefficient as not
all of it is converted to EPA and DHA, wasting valuable resources.
Other sources of Omega-3 such as fish oil naturally contains high levels of EPA and DHA, these are readily available digestible energy sources so the bird doesn’t need to further convert it to utilise. You can source various fish oils on the market, such as salmon oil and cod liver oil, which can provide the EPA and DHA needed to balance diets and gain the full benefits of Omega-3 supplementation.
High levels of Omega-6 in the bird’s diet, when metabolised, can induce the inflammatory processes, affecting health, fertility and condition. Supplementing with an EPA and DHA source helps to readdress the Omega-6 : Omega-3 ratio in the diet, consequently promoting the anti-inflammatory process, which supports your pigeon’s health and performance.
Further benefits of EPA and DHA supplementation:
Anpario's Optomega Liquid SH is 100% natural and sustainably sourced Omega-3 fatty acid supplement, an excellent source of energy for your animals.
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