With more people becoming aware of which vitamins and supplements are best to take for their individual concerns and needs, they are also looking into which products could best suit the needs of their family members, including the furry ones. Pet health products manufactured by trusted companies will likely tip the pet dietary supplement market over $4 billion by the end of 2021. One ingredient proving most popular is krill oil. Read on to learn why.
The Krill Oil Origin Story
Krill oil derives from small crustaceans called Antarctic kill, which are found mainly on the coastline of Canada, Japan, and Antarctica. Serving as an excellent food source for other oceanic beings such as whales, seals, and penguins, krill has also served us humans for over two hundred years.
Krill Oil Benefits for Dogs
Like fish oil, krill oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, offering loads of antioxidants and vitamin A. Its advantages for dogs, however, have been most recently highlighted. Krill oil can help support:
- kidney health
- anxiety levels
Digestive Health for Dogs: Not Just Probiotics
Did you know that dogs lose many nutrients during the digestive process due to multiple factors? Highly processed foods are void of important vitamins and minerals needed and the synthetic ones in those foods are less bioavailable to dogs, causing an issue-filled digestive system. While probiotics are a good way to maintain smooth sailing in the digestive department, due to its high bioavailability of the fatty acids EPA and DHA, krill can also help reduce inflammation and ensure sufficient nutrients for optimal digestive health.
Heart Health for Dogs: Critical Cardio
Get this: a December 2020 study conducted by Hill’s Pet Nutrition showed that over 71% of pet professionals say the pandemic has affected how pets eat. More, 33% of pet owners with an overweight pet said their cat or dog became overweight during the pandemic. While pet obesity has been on the rise in recent years due to overfeeding, pet owners working from home, prone to giving their dogs more treats is indeed part of the problem. To get your customers’ dogs back on track, it is important for their diet to be well-balanced with regular exercise, which will help their hearts. With its rich omega-3 makeup, krill oil supplements support dogs’ cardiovascular systems by promoting healthy blood circulation, ensuring that nutrients and oxygen are evenly distributed throughout the body. Dog owners of those experiencing heart conditions report improved heart function and appetite, reduced muscle loss, and lower blood pressure whenever krill oil is included in their diet.
Why Krill Oil Beats Other Omega-3 Sources
Omega-3 fatty acids have an array of health benefits for pets, but it is important for your customers to choose the right one. While there are different foods that can be added to food to provide pets with omega-3, the sources are all delivered differently through their bodies. According to Nutraceutical Business Review, “plant-based omega-3s in the form of ALA have t be converted to EPA and DHA to provide the same health benefits. However, the conversion rate of ALA to EPA and DHA is poor in pets; less than 10% is actually converted into these vital fatty acids. Hence, marine omega-3s are more effective than plant-based ones.” Another reason why Antarctic krill is unique is because it is naturally rich in the marine proteins, choline and astaxanthin. Choline is vital for muscle and brain health, while astaxanthin is a known natural protectant. Like Vitamin E in its immune system supporting ability, astaxanthin is believed to be 100 times more effective than vitamin E. Now if you thought that was proof enough for why a krill oil pet supplement should be your next project, listen to this:
Molecules of Life
Phospholipids are water-soluble lipid molecules that are in the main component of the cell membrane crucial to both human and animal health. Some people even refer to these are the “molecules of life,” as phospholipids are instrumental in the maintenance of flexibility, strength, and cells. Research has proven phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids from krill to be more effective at raising omega-3 levels in dogs’ bodies compared to triglyceride-bound omega-3s, including those found in fish oil. Phospholipid omega-3s are easily incorporated into tissues and organs where they are needed most in the body, while triglyceride omega-3s must be rebuilt into phospholipids before they can be taken to the dogs’ cells. Triglyceride omega-3s are also more likely to be utilized for energy or fat storage, potentially diverting vital omega-3s from ending up in the cells where they can positively impact dogs’ health.
Sustainable Pet Supplement Manufacturing
If you have worked with Makers Nutrition before, then you know how much we value safety and purity. Be it supplements for human consumption or vitamins for dogs, we are the company that makes sure our products are manufactured in optimal conditions. Beyond the facility, we understand that pet brand owners want confirmation regarding sources. With a lot of attention on the planet and the care we give it, these conscientious entrepreneurs want to make a difference through sustainability. Antarctic krill is thought to be one of the most environmentally sound sources of marine omega-3s. If that is what our clients want, that is what our clients get. Be it krill oil or any other pet supplement, we are the provider for YOU. Makers Nutrition is ready to serve as your pet vitamin manufacturer. To learn more about our capabilities, click here.
- “Krill: A Sustainable and Healthy Solution for Pet Health.” Nutraceutical Business Review, vol. 8 no. 4, 2021, pp. 10-12.