Oil containing omega 3 and vitamin supplements.
Mitavite Performa 3 oil is a unique formulation with scientifically balanced levels of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, especially created for the exercising and performance horse. The balance of oil groups provides all the beneficial effects of feeding oils without the risks of inflammatory conditions to the vascular system, the muscles and the joints.
All oils provide the same level of energy but that doesn’t make all oils the same.
Despite what some manufacturers may imply, whether it’s Canola, Cottonseed, Safflower, Sunflower or Linseed oil being used, the available energy from all oils is equal.
Trainers and owners of horses in racing and other performance fields are aware that adding oils to feed provides an additional or alternative source of energy that is cooler than energy provided by grains. However, there is little knowledge of the other important roles oils play in the horse’s body and whether the oil currently being used provides all the available benefits.
Oils have four main roles, but to realise all the benefits must be 10-12% of the diet and must have all three elements of Omega 3.
Performa-3 is not the same as other oils.
Most oils contain Omega 6 and 9 and no Omega 3 and those that do have Omega 3 generally provide only one of the three critical fatty acids – linolenic acid. This forces the horse’s metabolism to try and manufacture the other two elements, eicosopentanoic acid (EPA) and docosohexanoic acid (DHA).
A highly inefficient process, it is unlikely at the recommended feeding rates for other oils, that any benefit is derived for the horse. Omega 3 oils which only contain linolenic acid would have to be fed at 5 to 10 times the rate, or more, to match Performa 3 – obviously an expensive and impractical course.
Oils that do not have correctly balanced Omega 3 and only provide Omega 6 and 9 can engender inflammatory responses like laminitis, arthritis and dermatitis and do little for the immune and reproductive functions.
The richest source of Omega 3, with all three critical fatty acids, is from deep sea Southern Ocean fish and this combined with balanced Omega 6 and 9 forms the foundation of the Performa 3 formulation.
Recommended Feeding Rate
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