Both products provide oils which are sources of fat for a horse’s diet, and increasing the amount of fat in a horse’s diet can have many benefits. Feeding fat is a safe way to add body weight, and it gives the horse an additional type of fuel to power their cells. Horses fed supplemental fat of any kind tend to be less excitable than those fed the same amount of calories with grain alone, and have more energy to withstand exercise. Supplemental fat also leads to a shiny, healthier hair coat.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
However, there are many different types of fat and each contains different combinations of fatty acids. Equine Omega Complete is made from all-natural, GMO-free, mechanically expelled soybean oil with added human grade, deep water, wild caught fish oil. Together these oils provide all three omega 3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA and ALA), and moderate amount of the omega 6 fatty acid linolenic acid (LA). CocoSoya Oil is made from unrefined/expeller pressed soybean oil and coconut oil. Both of these oil types have a high concentration of the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA) and a small concentration of one omega-3 fatty acid, ALA. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. While omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are both necessary in the diet, they must be provided in an appropriate ratio in order to keep inflammatory processes under control. Equine Omega Complete is made from 80% mechanically expelled soybean oil and 20% fish oil to provide a very tight ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids has also been linked to improved insulin regulation, reduced symptoms of allergies and skin irritation, improved respiratory health, and increased fertility.
The omega 3 fatty acid ALA is a precursor molecule to the long chain omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), both potent anti-inflammatory molecules thought to be important for joint health, among other benefits, in the horse. However, the conversion from ALA to DHA and EPA is not very efficient. Therefore, it is more effective to provide a direct source of EPA and DHA. Equine Omega Complete does this in addition to providing a source of ALA in the soybean component. CocoSoya Oil only provides a small amount of ALA.
High concentrations of omega- 6 fatty acids promote inflammation in the joint, which can lead to painful arthritis and joint disease. Supplementing your horse with Equine Omega Complete can prevent and help treat joint damage by counteracting the cycle of inflammation before it has time to cause any serious damage. Prolonged exposure to inflammation perpetuates the cycle of cartilage destruction within the joint and can lead to arthritic conditions. Deterioration of cartilage is often accompanied by changes in the bone and soft tissue. With the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to the diet, particularly the long chain fatty acids EPA and DHA, overall production of pro-inflammatory molecules decreases while the production of anti-inflammatory molecules increases. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation with Equine Omega Complete may help regulate inflammation that manifests as a result of training and exercise. The anti- inflammatory, omega-3 fatty acids in Equine Omega Complete are an all-natural, palatable, effective form of joint support for your horse.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Omega 6 fatty acids such as linoleic (LA) lead to the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. However, this gives it an important role in the regulation of inflammation, and studies have shown LA is also a significant part of a healthy digestive system. Supplementation of linoleic acid promotes the production of mucus, which acts to protect the gastric lining from corrosive acid. So while it is important to not overfeed omega 6 fatty acids, we also don’t want to remove them completely from the diet. Providing a balance of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids from a good source of fat, like those provided in Equine Omega Complete, helps reduce the incidence and severity of gastric ulcers, and provides many anti-inflammatory benefits.
Equine Omega Complete contains 1,297 IUs of the antioxidant vitamin E per 4 oz. daily dose CocoSoya Oil has added vitamin E, however it does not specify the amount. Both products provide the natural, non-synthetic vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that protects the integrity of cell membranes by working to trap reactive oxygen species during states of oxidative stress. Muscle, nerve and immune systems also rely on antioxidants like vitamin E in order to function properly. Research has shown a dose of 800IU of supplemental vitamin E a day is not enough to maintain vitamin E levels in the tissue and blood of horses exercised daily. Therefore the addition of Equine Omega Complete to a balanced diet of pasture, hay and grain is a great choice to maintain levels of vitamin E needed to adequately protect a horse’s cells, especially when exercised.
Equine Omega Complete is all-natural, GMO-free and contains no artificial flavors or chemical residues. CocoSoya Oil contains natural and artificial flavors. It is unclear of if the oils in CocoSoya oil are from GMO sources.