|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 6:23pm PST |
|For what it's worth, I started adding Fermented Cod Liver Oil (we take it daily, expensive, but worth it for us!) and I did a lot of research beforehand. It's a really good thing, I believe, when used appropriately. I probably use 1 teaspoons a week (twice a week) and add it to meals like chicken, that are really low in omega-3, to balance it out. I use sardines and such, too, but I think the vitamin D benefit is enough for me to give in conjunction with other high omega-3 foods. If you're feeding a lot of factory-farmed chicken it has barely any omega-3 and no vitamin D due to never seeing daylight. So when used in moderation, fermented cod liver oil can really benefit your pup. I feed an all grass-fed diet, but still feel like it's beneficial to them in small amounts. I track everything mine eat on a nutritional tracking site to I am aware of their vitamin A content. It's def. not something you want to use everyday, but it's one of those things where a little bit goes a long, long way. Omega-3 feeds the brain so I try to incorporate it into their diet whenever I can. We feed brains, too, which are another good source.
An idea of chicken and the omega-3/omega-6 balance: Chicken leg, per ounce, 28.0 MG of omega-3 204 MG of omega-6. If you feed beef heart, for example, it's got 12.4 MG of omega-3 and 460 MG of omega-6. So you see the imbalance? If someone feeds mostly chicken and beef heart, that's quite a lot of omega-6 and barely any omega-3 (the brain's food!) For this reason, I feel sardines/brain/cod liver oil are a must-have and we feed all grass-fed meat on top of that.
Just thought I'd share that so if anyone is thinking about it, Cod Liver Oil, can be really beneficial in small doses and small doses pack a good amount of omega-3, a teaspoon has about 888 MG of omega-3!
Edited by author Tue Nov 27, '12 6:24pm PST
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