the six most frequently asked questions by stallion managers
question 1: why wouldn�t omega-3 dha normally
be found in my stallion�s feed?
some short-chain omega-3 fatty acids may be
found naturally in animal diets through sources like flax seed.
however epa and dha, the important long-chain fatty acids associated
with increased nutritional benefits, are only found in marine
sources. horse diets are not usually formulated to contain marine
products, therefore epa and dha would not normally be present in the
studies have shown that horses are very
inefficient in converting linolenic acid (from soybean and flax seed
oil) into the longer-chain fatty acids epa and dha. the results of
feeding linolenic acid show no effect on the concentration of epa or
dha in the horse. the most effective means of increasing
concentrations of epa and dha in the animal seems to be through
direct supplementation of the diet.
question 2: people always talk about fish oil
& omega-3. since the product is made from �marine sources� is
magnitude fish oil? why can�t just feed my stallions fish oil?
fish oil is one source of the long-chain
omega-3 fatty acids epa and dha. the fish tissues are enriched with
the fatty acids because fish eat marine algae that are naturally
rich in dha. while fish oil is a source of the long-chain fatty
acids (lc-pufas), feeding an algae product is a more efficient way
of providing the desired dha source.
also, due to pollution and other environmental
problems, fish oil can be contaminated with toxins and other
potentially harmful substances if it is not properly treated and
labeled as a high-grade pharmaceutical-grade source.
fish oil is also subject to a chemical process
called oxidation, whereby lc-pufas are broken down. this process can
be inhibited when the fish oils are mechanically protected in some
manner, such as encapsulating the oil. oxidized fish
oil presents further issues with palatability, biological efficacy
and, in some cases, overall safety.
magnitude contains a blend of highly refined
and stabilized fish oil and an algal source of dha. through the use
of these quality ingredients, magnitude offers a proprietary and
scientifically researched level of dha in a safe, easy-to-feed
question 3: are there any other competitors on
no, there are no competitors that provide a
highly refined and researched level of dha specifically for
stallions. there are a few fish oil products that can be purchased,
and there also are some supplements on the market that contain
miniscule levels of dha.
feeding a small amount of dha has not elicited
positive responses in university research. similarly, the efficacy
of unprotected fish-oil based products is limited by palatability
and stability issues, in addition to not providing correct levels of
dha. only magnitude provides the needed levels of dha, and the
quantity of dha is crucial. magnitude provides more dha than any
other supplement on the market.
question 4: what are the specific ingredients
in this supplement?
the key ingredients in magnitude are algal
omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (dha) and a dry source of protected and
stabilized fish oil. the other ingredients act as carriers,
stabilizers and flavoring agents for the long-chain omega-3 fatty
acids. the pellets have been flavored with mint.
question 5: what are the recommended feeding
guidelines? do i need to feed it all year?
the omega-3 fatty acids are incorporated into
cell membranes and profoundly influence biological responses. these
fatty acids influence membrane stability, membrane fluidity, cell
mobility, gene expression and cell differentiation. however the lag
time between incorporation of nutrients into cells, and obtaining
the desired affect on animal physiology, takes weeks. thus we
recommend that magnitude be introduced in the diet 60 days before
the time of expected vigorous activity.
when animals are introduced slowly to
magnitude over a period of 3-4 days, problems with consumption are
minimal. animals should then continue consuming the product
throughout the working season. since magnitude research has been
with actively working stallions, it is not known whether or not
magnitude should be fed all year. however because omega-3 fatty
acids are required nutrients, their presence affects all animal
physiology and should be present in an animal�s diet for year round
question 6. is magnitude safe to feed to
magnitude is a patented blend of marine-based
omega-3 fatty acids. magnitude has been fed in both commercial and
research settings, and the product is a safe, palatable, and stable
source of dha.