Learn More About The Science Behind
Wild Gold Camelina Supplements
Camelina, the source of Wild Gold, has been cultivated for more than 2,500 years in native Europe. The North American Camelina used for Wild Gold is harvested by local farmers who work directly with Wild Gold to ensure the bottling of the most pure and natural product possible — with a blend of Omega-3-6-9 fatty acids and Vitamin E that is naturally found in the Camelina plant.
Health Benefits For
Equine, Humans and Pets
Camelina oil is the foundation of all of our Wild Gold products. Extracted from sustainable Camelina sativa plants that are harvested from small family owned farms, the oil is produced under cold compression to insure its beneficial nutrients are maintained. Research has shown that the omega fatty acid profile of camelina oil positively impacts cell membrane composition. The omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid found in camelina oil is the same form of omega-3 fatty acid found in the horse’s natural plant-based diet. The problem is that the majority of horse diets today are made up of dried forages that contain very little omega fatty acid due to the fact that these fatty acids are not heat stable. This means that while horses may consume plenty of omega-3 fatty acids from good quality pasture, when grass is dried to make hay the omega-3s are lost. Many of the oils and fat sources we have traditionally relied upon in equine diets such as corn oil, canola oil, and rice bran, contain very low levels of omega-3 fatty acids and over supply omega-6 fatty acids.
SKIN & SHINE
Your horse’s skin and coat are made up of a series of cells with tough membranes comprised of protein and fatty acids. Without adequate fatty acids, these cell membranes weaken which allows water to escape resulting in dry scaly skin and brittle hair. Insuring adequate fatty acid intake helps nourish skin and hair resulting in healthy skin and a gleaming coat. The camelina oil in Wild Gold provides a rich source of omega fatty acids to support skin and coat health.
Aloe vera has been associated with several health benefits. Research in other species suggests that aloe may aid in the healing of stomach and intestinal ulcers as well as decreasing inflammation associated with digestive tract disorders such a colitis. A recent equine study showed improvement in gastric ulcers when Aloe vera was supplemented in combination with several other ingredients.
Research has shown that after 90 days, horses fed supplemental DHA had lower levels of markers associated with joint inflammation. In other studies, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids showed an increase in stride length at the trot as compared to horses receiving corn oil. Wild Gold Original and Premium may be of benefit to aged horses suffering from osteoarthritis as well as performance horses whose joints are subjected to high impact or horses already suffering from joint inflammation.
The fatty acid composition of the horse’s diet has a direct influence on whether an inflammatory stimulus will escalate or be reduced. Unlike other oils typically included in equine diets, the camelina oil found in our Wild Gold products provides a unique blend of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and our Premium product provides a direct source of DHA. Feeding our Wild Gold products will help insure that your horse’s diet contains the fatty acids necessary to regulate inflammatory response.
Wild Gold Premium aids digestion and gastrointestinal health through the inclusion of Bio-Mos®, Aloe Vera, and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. In laboratory animal models, Aloe Vera has been shown to heal gastric ulcers and recent research in horses suggests that it may have a beneficial impact for horses at risk of Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. By binding pathogenic bacteria and reducing damage to the intestinal wall lining, Bio-Mos® helps to maintain a healthy gut surface thus improving nutrient absorption.
Derived from yeast, Bio-Mos® is a prebiotic that “feeds the gastrointestinal tract” acting as a food source for beneficial bacteria. Additionally, Bio-Mos® prevents some pathogenic bacteria from establishing in the gut lining thus reducing the risk of damage to the digestive tract. Supported with over 700 research trials in a variety of species including horses, Bio-Mos® has been shown to improve feed efficiency thus increasing weight gain in mature horses, nutrient transfer from mares to foals, and improved foal body condition.
As plants cannot make DHA and EPA, these fatty acids have to come from non-plant sources, traditionally in the form of fish oil. But fish oil is expensive and is not always sustainable or easily palatable to horses. That’s why we use algae as an alternative high quality, sustainable source of DHA. The algae used in Wild Gold Premium is grown in a state-of-the-art, closed-system environment resulting in tightly-controlled conditions. Our algae is fully traceable and highly consistent providing your horse with an exceptional quality source of DHA and you with peace-of-mind.
The role of omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular disease is well established. One of the best ways to help prevent heart disease is to eat a diet low in saturated fat and to eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Clinical evidence suggests that EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol. Several clinical studies also suggest that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids help protect against stroke caused by plaque buildup and blood clots in the arteries that lead to the brain and lower blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Fat sources provided 2.5 times more energy than an equivalent weight of carbohydrate making them a great source of fuel for horses in hard work or needing extra calories for weight gain. Wild Gold Original is a better option when your horse needs calories from fat because 30-40% of the fat provided is in the form of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. Wild Gold Original provides the best of both worlds by providing fat calories for increased stamina while at the same time reducing the risk inflammation.
Data has shown that long periods of travel lead to lower immunity. Bio-Mos® has been shown to stimulate the immune system by evoking a direct antibody response against invading pathogens. DHA, the form of omega-3 fatty acid created by your horse from the fats found in Wild Gold Original and Premium as well as provided directly by the algae in Wild Gold Premium, is also thought to have immune system enhancing properties which help make antibodies which help with immune regulation.
Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in cell membrane flexibility. If not flexible, RBCs are at risk of rupture resulting in exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) and blood in the airways, a condition known as “bleeders”. Recent research reported that feeding diets enriched with EPA and DHA improved membrane fluidity and reduced signs of EIPH and lung inflammation. Wild Gold Premium provides your horse with a supplemental source of DHA.