Flaxseed Oil Benefits
Our Flaxseed Oil range of products contain human food grade, cold pressed flaxseed oil. It is UK grown and harvested at DEFRA approved/Red Tractor Assured farms. It is 100% traceable and pesticide/chemical free.
What is flaxseed oil?
Flaxseed oil is pressed out of the flax seed itself. There are different methods of extraction, the most effective is ‘cold pressing’ as this method helps to retain the freshness of the oil; cold pressing involves little or no heating and so keeps the oil in its most natural and fresh state.
Flaxseed oil is polyunsaturated and classed as a ‘good fat’. It is a rich, natural and balanced source of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFA’s are beneficial for the body to perform key biological functions. Animals (humans and dogs) are unable to produce EFA’s themselves so it is essential (hence the name essential fatty acids!) to add these types of fats to the diet to maintain overall good health of the heart, digestive & reproductive system, to keep skin, nails and hair (fur) healthy, to aid mobility & circulation and help to balance metabolism and reduce inflammation.
Flaxseed oil consists of ‘short chain’ EFA’s; ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid - Omega 3) and LA (Linoleic Acid - Omega 6). These types of EFA’s are different to fish oils which consist of ‘long chain’ EFA’s and contain readily available sources of EPA and DHA. Both Omega 3 & 6 in the form of ALA and LA are necessary for dogs to maintain good health, indeed research now shows that LA is a very important fatty acid chain for dogs. The correct balance of ALA and LA is also important as are vitamin B6, B7, copper, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron as these vitamins and minerals help with effective absorption of flaxseed oil. Therefore, a varied healthy, fresh diet is advocated in order to get the very best out of flaxseed oil.
As a guide, a ratio of 4 parts Omega 3 to 1 part Omega 6 is the recommended ratio for effective absorption and optimal health benefits. Our flaxseed oil has 60% Omega 3 and 16% Omega 6 so is almost a perfect ratio.
When oils are added to dried dog food in the manufacturing process they become oxidised due to being heated and thus provide no real nutritional value. Oils that are added to home cooked foods have the same fate as do any manufactured complete foods that are prepared and then frozen as they lose their EFA’s through the thawing process because they have been subject to light and air. Oils such as flaxseed oil need to be eaten in their fresh state to get the best out of them.
It has also been found that flaxseed oil on its own can oxidise and go rancid, but at Proflax this isn't a concern as our proprietary herbal blends mean that the combination of flaxseed oil and herbs provide you with a range of oils that will stay fresh for longer. We validate this with regular testing at a UK independent DEFRA approved laboratory
Flaxseed oil contains little or no lignans which are present in the flaxseed itself. Lignans contain phytoestrogens which are hormones and although flaxseed oil contains very few of these hormones, it is not recommended that pregnant or nursing dogs take any flaxseed oil supplement.
A bit more information on the importance of EFA's
EFAs are fat carried nutrients that every mammal needs to maintain healthy function and structure of smooth muscle organs (heart, reproductive system), for healthy liver cells and to maintain healthy skin, coat and build strong joint tissues. They have also been linked to retinal development and are responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandins - chemicals that serve as mediators of various psychological processes in the body. Prostaglandins act upon smooth muscle contractions of the heart and digestive tract, the initiation and regulation of inflammatory responses and inhibit excessive clotting of the blood.
An EFA enriched diet will support a shinier, softer coat, less shedding, healthier skin and fewer fleas. With this in mind, it is easier to understand that EFA’s should be regarded as a necessity in any animals diet.
For more information on the nutritional content of our flax oil click here.
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This has helped. my dogs coat grow ( he lost a lot of his coat ) and I have been to the vets with him loads of times and even spent £1000 on blood tests nothing helped apart from this skin and coat for dogs , it’s taking a little while but it is much better and I am so pleased it’s working 😊
Great product, the short date is not a problem, as I will still use it up within the specified date. This made it a lot more affordable for me to purchase such a great product.
This is my second purchase. This is the only thing that works well for my dogs reflux. Will definitely purchase again.
Only been using a short time not noticed a difference just yet but will update
My 12 year old dog has been on this now for a few months and it has given her a spring in her step again
These are fantastic and so much easier than the old pouring out the bottle that always seemed to leak the oil everywhere, it was so messy! Now its just popping up the spout and pouring out what you need without any fuss or mess
I have 4 working collies who compete in agility and I find this supplement helps to keep them more focused
My dog has a lot less tummy rumbles since being on Prolax.
My 7 year old BC has spondyloses, this is effecting him, after he has been on Proflax Bone and joint he is moving better, more agile and he has got a new lease of life, he is now training to finish his SAR qualification which he started on last spring. I can highly recommend this product and of course he will continue using this.
Reassuring that my dogs are getting a first class supplement to their diet / and they lap it up. Must taste nice!
We've been using Bottoms Up for quite a few months now and it's definitely made a difference. Our Labrador very rarely licks himself now whereas previously he was doing it daily. His anal glands are fine now too so no more trips to the vets! I can definitely recommend this product.
My two large dogs are on this, it’s full of super ingredients to help support their joints.
Such a simple thing - adding a pouring spout - but measuring is easier, quicker and cleaner, preventing oil getting everywhere.
Bought this for post surgery and it seems to be doing a good job! Mixes well with raw food and seems palatable.