5 Reasons To Use Hemp Oil For Dogs
Learn more about hemp seed oil constituents and ways these are beneficial for your dog.
1 Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA)
Dogs usually synthesize GLA from linoleic acid (an omega-6 fat), but a deficit of GLA is not that uncommon, even in healthy dogs. This is a reason for concern because GLA is used for prostaglandins building. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances which are responsible for keeping inflammation under control as well as other supportive and functioning roles in the body. Namely, a dog that has a GLA deficit is more susceptible to health problems like allergies, arthritis, premature aging, digestive issues, diabetes, and cancer as well as skin problems. This is why GLA is so important. The good news is that your canine friend can get enough of it through hemp oil.
Here are a few of the many health benefits of GLA:
GLA is known to manage arthritis and inflammation which was also confirmed by a published study in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism. Basically, hemp oil minimized the symptoms of arthritis by 25%.
GLA can be very helpful when it comes to skin allergies reduction, and it’s especially effective in managing atopic dermatitis. Basically, GLA retains skin moisture, which also leads to a suppler skin and a shinier, smoother fur.
GLA is also responsible for managing the body’s weight by boosting the metabolism and fat burning process. This means that your dog will be a lot happier and more energetic.
A 2006 study concluded that GLA-rich diet can boost the immune system and fight inflammation. Moreover, it’s been reported that GLA can prevent the growth of certain cancer types as well as promote cancer cells death. It’s also known to manage and reduce the usual symptoms of cancer treatment and drugs. Reducing body inflammation has an important part in cancer prevention as well.
2 Omega-3 and Omega 6
Hemp oil can be very healthy for your dog as it has the perfect 1:3 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Their joint forces effectively control and manage inflammation. Since too much of omega-6 raises inflammation and too much of omega-3 triggers immune dysfunction, their ideal balance and ratio achieved with the intake of hemp oil can be of immense importance for your dog.
Basically, adding this oil and fatty acids to your dog’s diet can help you prevent your dog from suffering from various health issues such as allergies, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, heart problems, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, cancer, and so on. In general, omega-3 fats are very beneficial for the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bones and joints and the immune system overall.
Hemp oil is also rich in vitamins, especially vitamins E and A. These particular vitamins are very important for the body’s health as they are the antioxidants that fight free radicals. What’s more, these antioxidants constantly work on boosting the immune system in order to maximize the number of natural killer cells, which consequently protects the premature aging of your dog.
What’s more, vitamin E is known to benefit the skin, eyes, heart, cognitive functions and the immune system. Vitamin A is also great for skin, eyes and the immunity, but it acts as a preventative measure for urinary stone and has cancer-fighting properties, too.
Molecules that are formed from the cells’ outer membrane are called phospholipids. These are crucial for homeostasis – the cells’ ideal internal structure and environment. A 2012 German study concluded that taking phospholipids in a form of a dietary supplement can be very useful for managing and improving different conditions. That said, the benefits include inflammation and arthritis management, reducing gastric acid, preventing cancer cells growth, minimizing the risk of heart diseases, boosting the cognitive functions and brain health, repairing liver damage and boosting the immune system.
5 Safer Than Fish Oil
It’s incredible to know that there are actually no reported side effects when it comes to using hemp oil for dogs, unlike something as ordinary as fish oil!
The way fish oil is processed can ultimately cause inflammation in your dog, which can be a huge disaster if you’re already giving your dog fish oil to reduce the existing inflammation. Since hemp oil is cold pressed, unlike fish oil, it’s also more stable, which means a longer shelf life as well as fewer chances to become a potential health hazard.
Furthermore, fish oil can contain mercury, radiation and other contaminants. On the other hand, organic hemp oil is extracted from hemp which was grown without the use of pesticides or other toxins.
Finally, fish oil is not at all sustainable. The less fish there are in the oceans the less food there is for the animals who feed on them. Then you have hemp that’s very easy, simple and quick to grow in many different soils and climates, which makes it the perfect sustainable choice.