Before we talk about Flax Oil for eye health for dogs - here is why Marlene & I love Barlean's Flax Oil
Barlean's flaxseeds and flax oils are 100% certified organic and have always been sourced from non-genetically modified crops.
According to Barlean's Owner, Bruce Barlean,"Flaxseeds should be unrefined, unfiltered and unadulterated. Science can't predict with 100% certainty what cause and effect genetically altering foods will do to our health long-term. Why then wouldn't we keep this naturally nutrient-rich, raw food just the way nature intended?"
Flax Oil and Eye health in dogs
Omega-3 fatty acids can help treat dry eyes in dogs. Omega-3's are essential fatty acids that the dog's body cannot produce and must be obtained from their diet. Dogs do not eat enough salmon or other cold water fish which have been shown to be one of the best sources of omega-3. Flax seed oil have been shown to have a multitude of health benefits for dogs.
Omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful via three mechanisms:
1. Reduces inflammation in dogs. It has been shown in several studies that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids decreases inflammation.
2. Augmentation of the oily layer produced by the meibomian glands in dogs.
3. Stimulation of the watery portion of tear secretions. The level of omega-3s acts on certain receptors to activate adenylate cyclase which has been shown to stimulate tear production.
By decreasing inflammation and augmenting the oily and watery layers of the tear film, Flax Oil supplementation helps to provide the foundation for the treatment of dry eye and eye health in dogs.
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