FAQ

Q: Ca:P Ratio for Omega Kid & Goat Care and the goats Complete diet.

A: I would inform customers that yes, the diet of a goat should contain Calcium to P at a ratio of 2:1. It is VERY important that they look at the complete diet of the goat. Let’s assume we have a 75 lb goat which eats 3% of its body weight per day and it consumes a diet which is 1% Ca and .6% P. This would mean that the goat gets about 10.2 grams of Ca and 6 grams of P per day. Now let’s add Omega Kid & Goat Care. We feed the goat ½ cup of Omega Kid & Goat Care per day. It would then receive 380 mg of Ca and 456 mg of P, for a grand total of 10.6 grams of Ca and 6.6 grams of P. The contribution of the Goat shine to the macromineral balance in the goat’s diet is negligible. It is key that the majority of the goat’s diet is 2:1, not the minor components. Therefore, examine the goats forage intake as well as any concentrate the goat is receiving for its mineral content. ~Answer provided by Dr. Kris Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Animal Nutrition Advisor
Q: Does Omega Kid & Goat Care affect the production of Mohair or Cashmere on Angora and Cashmere goats? Also will Omega Kid & Goat Care make Cashmere which is a down undercoat too shiny? Will Omega Kid & Goat Care maintain the color?

We are pleased to share Omega Fields’ “Goat Expert” - Janice Spaulding’s - response to your questions: Having raised Angora goats for over 20 years, I found that a higher percentage of protein did not coarsen the fiber at all! Our girls and boys were fed an 18% sweet feed formulated exactly for goats. We used the same feed for all of our goat breeds, through the years. Our fleeces were sold all over North America and the wonderful comments we received were always welcomed! Along with the comments came pre-orders for fleeces that hadn’t even grown out yet. Folks were more than willing to wait the six months for more of our fleeces. They were shiny, heavy, fine, and beautiful. Mohair is hair and hair is protein. Lack of protein can result in thinner coats and worse yet, a less thrifty frame for growing that precious hair! The Omega Fields Kid and Goat Supplement will help you get the Angora goat’s protein levels back up where they belong. Cashmere is a type of goat, not a breed of goat. All goats with the exception of Angora’s have cashmere. Some goats have been bred specifically for producing this fiber. Goats producing cashmere grow their fiber between the longest and the shortest days of the year, after which it is shed. It is extremely important that the goat is kept healthy! A year round good protein balance aids in achieving this goal. I researched numerous studies on this topic and have included a few of them below in order to answer these questions; a few of them are listed below. The consensus I found was that cashmere fiber is not affected by protein or vitamins, only the outer coat is. As for color change, the only thing that will cause a change is sun bleaching, which can also make the fiber brittle. In summary: 1. Protein has little to no effect on cashmere fiber. Supplementation aids in providing a good healthy foundation on which to product this fiber. 2. Because Angora goats produce “hair” and hair is predominantly protein. 20% plus protein will not cause harm to Angora goats. 3. Regardless to what end the goat produces, a healthy body conformation, good bone structure, clear eyes and nose along with a stress free environment will all be aided by Omega Fields Kid and Goat Supplement. In closing I will quote a really good friend and animal nutritionist “goat feed is developed very carefully for goats, sheep food for sheep, pig food for pigs and horse feed for horses and etc”. I would look into finding a good goat grain and supplementing with the Omega Fields Kid & Goat for good healthy goats with beautiful fiber.
Q: I mix my own grain, do I really need a supplement?

A: Absolutely. Unless you are meticulous about adding all the minerals and vitamins your goats need to be healthy, you are doing them an injustice by not including things like necessary copper, selenium, and vitamin E, just to name a few. A good supplement given by top dressing your home mixed grain at feeding time will take care of this deficiency.
Q. Do goats really need all the protein that the Omega Fields Kid and Goat supplement has?

A: YES! Protein is a vital part of a goat's diet. If you feed primarily hay, you will definitely want to get your hay tested to see how much protein it is providing. A good supplement is vital to provide the needed protein, vitamins and minerals to keep your goats happy and healthy. A meat goat needs protein to build good muscle tone, a dairy goat needs a good amount of protein to maintain their milk supply, and as for fiber goats, remember that hair is protein, so protein is incredibly important to continued hair growth.
Q: I noticed that you don't list Vitamin A in the Omega Fields Kid and Goat supplement. Isn't this a necessary vitamin?

A: Vitamin A is not normally added to goat products. Vitamin A is produced in the goat’s body from beta-carotene which is found from digesting green plants. Goats store vitamin A in their livers and fat. A goat is unlikely to suffer a vitamin A deficiency unless it goes without beta-carotene for a significant period. Good green, leafy fresh hay is an excellent source of beta-carotene. Hundreds of years ago, goat livers were used to treat humans suffering from vitamin A deficiencies.
Q: My goats are losing the hair from around their eyes. What are they lacking in their diets that could cause this phenomena?

A: This often happens after a long winter with lots of nasty weather. The goats can spend lots of time in the barn to keep them out of icy rain, snow and cold winds so they are lacking not only vitamin D, but they are needing some copper too!
Q: Some of the kids born on my farm have very weak ankles, knees, shoulders and hips. What caused this, and what can I do about it in the future?

A: Selenium, selenium, selenium. If kids are born lacking selenium, they are already at a disadvantage! Making sure the dam is getting plenty of selenium, copper, and vitamin E in her diet is assuring you the kids will be born with an adequate supply. The lack of selenium causes weak, wobbly legs, and can often be mistaken as birth defects because the kids leg might look like it either has no bone in it, or they are walking on their ankles! Frozen ice pop sticks with some vet wrap will help keep the leg straight until the muscles begin to strengthen, but the animals will still need selenium added to it's diet! The use of a good supplement, given to the dam will help alleviate this from ever happening!
Q: Why are selenium and vitamin E so important in my goats diet?

A: Selenium and vitamin E deficiencies can produce symptoms of ill thrift and reproductive losses: lower conception rates, fetal re-absorption, retained placenta, reduced milk production, and reduced semen quality. These deficiencies can also cause poor rate of growth or ill thrift in kids throughout the growing period. Selenium and vitamin E also play key roles in the animal’s normal immune response.
Q: I've heard some pretty scary things about “white muscle disease”, what causes this destructive problem?

A: White muscle disease is a degenerative muscle disease found in all large animals and is caused by a lack of selenium and vitamin E in the diet. This disease is very preventable but not easily treatable.
Q: At the end of the winter my goats all had very dry skin and something that looked like dandruff. How can I stop this from happening again?

A: Your goats are probably suffering from a lack of copper and vitamin E. It is very difficult to maintain the proper amount of these vitamins in a goats system over the winter, especially if they are pregnant! Just remember that the amount of vitamins and minerals in the feed is split between mom and however many babies she's carrying. This can cause a severe depletion in the doe's system. A good supplement is really necessary during pregnancy, especially if the doe is one who normally has multiple births!
Q: My goats are allowed to forage over several acres, what else should I provide for them besides fresh water?

A: Browse is a wonderful source of nutrition, although much of it can be lacking in certain vitamins and minerals. A good example of this is selenium. Most of the soil in North America is severely lacking in selenium which is vitally important to goats! You will need to supply them with a good vitamin and mineral supplement such as Omega Fields Kid and Goat.
Q: I've often heard that goats will eat anything. Is that true?

A: No, that is absolutely not true! Goats are probably one of the most fussy animals on the planet. They will certainly taste anything, but will not eat everything. One of the old adages is that goats eat tin cans. The reason for this notion is that years ago a paste of flour and water was used to stick the labels on to the cans and goats have a penchant for paper and the paste tasted pretty good too! It is very important that your goats are fed a well balanced diet which includes adequate minerals and vitamins.
Q. I currently use Omega Antioxidant, and Farnam’s Vita Flex Vita E and Selenium (which is a one ounce serving scoop – providing 1 mg of Se per day) – and would like to know if I should continue to supplement with the Vita Flex or can I discontinue it. I am in an area in VT where I need to supplement with Se, as the hay is deprived of it.

A. Omega Antioxidant is considered a very rich Omega-3 supplement with added antioxidants – it is not considered a vitamin/mineral supplement or a complete feed. When fed as recommended Omega Antioxidant accounts for a very small percentage of the total weight of the average daily feed intake of the horse. Omega Antioxidant has Selenium listed as 0.66 ppm -- so it is not considered a high source. (For 100g of Omega Antioxidant (approximately 1 cup) your horse would only be getting 0.066mg of Selenium.) Therefore, it is important to look at the total selenium of the horse’s whole diet. Since you are in an area where you need to supplement with Se – we would recommend that you continue to supplement with Vita Flex.

The stabilized flax used in Omega Antioxidant is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3's the horse's diet is missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body (because they are essential to the working of the body). The outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids (especially Omega-3) so when the cells are healthy -- it makes more sense that the animal will be healthy!

Or you may want to consider switching from Omega Antioxidant and Vita Flex to Omega GRANDE®:

Omega GRANDE® – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (approx 27,396 mg Omega-3 per 1-1/2 cup serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix – which includes 0.95 mg of Se!

Omega GRANDE does not contain any corn, wheat, or soy fillers like so many other COMPLETE supplements. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. Omega GRANDE® is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Omega GRANDE does not contain any processed grain by-products or molasses.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Diamond V Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Note: The recommended amount of Omega GRANDE for your 1000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1-1/2 cups (3 scoops - scoop enclosed) per day. Se content = 0.95 mg. Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-grander.html

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. Instead of going to your COMPLETE supplement – I really like the SmartVite I am using … so how about adding Omega Horseshine or Antioxidant? What that be detrimental to the balance of the ration? I also have a 30+ y.o. gelding that is on a semblance of a complete feed with some beet pulp at evenings and the addition of some alfalfa hay in his diet but is still low on weight. Would any product in your line help this delicate senior guy? Thank you so, so much for your time. I have not had a lot of success in asking these types of questions in conversations with my vet. I really appreciate it.

A. Keeping the SmartVite and adding either Omega Horseshine or Omega Antioxidant would work very well. What is nice about adding the Omega Horseshine or Omega Antioxidant to the diet is that you can always add a bit more than the recommended amount per day, when needed -- and not worry about throwing anything off balance. With the Omega Grande you need to stay within the recommended amount per day because it contains all the vitamins and minerals your house would need in that serving size. Please see corresponding info concerning both products below.

Omega Horseshine® is an award-winning, Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 essential fatty acid supplement that promotes health and well-being for all breeds of horses.
Omega Horseshine contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a very small percentage of oats (antioxidant), yeast (probiotic), vitamins, chelated minerals, and biotin. The added ingredients are meant to enhance the formula for nutritional purposes, but are no way meant to be the recommended daily amounts for either probiotics or vitamins and minerals. Omega Horseshine is strictly an Omega-3 supplement. One-half cup to one cup is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Horseshine. Note: Each 1 cup serving = 20,000mg of Omega-3.

Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3 and Omega-6, Plant-based and Vitamin-based Antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses -- it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine®.
Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants -- Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols -- with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse's active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant. Note: Each 1-1/3 cup serving = 20,000mg of Omega-3.

Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About 50% of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant sorghum which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.

Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals' body, it makes sense to supplement your horse's diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort -- they may help in preventing debilitating disease.

As far as your older gelding is concerned:
Older horses may benefit with the dietary addition of 2 cups Omega Horseshine or 2-2/3 cups of Omega Antioxidant per day, based on a 1,000 lb of body weight. Stabilized Ground Flax actually works as a digestive aide and helps older animals keep weight on. You can even go up to 3 to 4 cups if necessary. We actually had a customer feeding a mash consisting of 4 cups Omega Horseshine and ground up Senior Formula to her 40+ year old horse. She said she thought that diet helped him live a good long life -- even though he was toothless!

Omega Horseshine and Omega Antioxidant are highly effective Omega-3 supplements (see above). It is your personal decision whether you'll choose Omega Horseshine or Omega Antioxidant (either one is an excellent choice). Omega Antioxidant does include the benefit of a blend of plant and vitamin based antioxidants in its formula.

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. I have high hopes for this horse supplement... does it help with the sand too.

A. Omega Antioxidant effectively helps prevent sand colic. Please keep reading for more in-depth information.

The stabilized ground flax in Omega Antioxidant contains a high mucilage gum content (soluble fiber) that swells and takes on a gel-like consistency when it enters the digestive system -- trapping and suspending sand, carrying it out -- helping prevent impaction and sand colic. (Mucilage gum is a type of polysaccharide that becomes viscous when mixed with water or other fluids.) There is no need for adding psyllium to any of our flax-based products.

There is a neat demonstration you can perform yourself that illustrates how effective the ground flax in Omega Antioxidant is as a sand colic preventative. Mix Omega Antioxidant with water and allow it to gel. Do the same thing with any product containing ground psyllium husks. The amount of "stickability" of each is very visible when you put a dipping or stirring stick into both the resulting mixtures. When you remove the stick you will be able to see how the material clings. When you remove the stick from the Omega Antioxidant mixture, you will note the thicker "slime" or "goo" that coats the stick. This is the same slimy mucilage that forms when Omega Antioxidant is fed to your horse and it is what suspends the sand, and carries it out of the horse's gut. When you remove the stick from the ground psyllium product mixture, you will note that the stick tends to "pop" free and there is less sticky "slime" or "goo".

The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega Antioxidant also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose.

Please keep in mind that these are only our suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering or health questions you have concerning your horses.
Q. I feed Omega Antioxidant to my pregnant mares…and then I start foals with a creep feeder and foal starter, and give them a little too, although it takes a while for them to really consume much. Does Omega Antioxidant fed to lactating mares get into the milk? If so what are the benefits?

A. As you are aware, it is safe (and recommended) to supplement mares in foal with stabilized ground flax. Pregnancy is one of the conditions most associated with Omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency. During pregnancy the mare's body becomes deficient in Omega-3 because the fast-growing brain, eye, and sensory organs of her foal utilize all available Omega-3. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for normal growth and development and cannot be manufactured in the body.

We'll take a very basic look at why Omega Antioxidant (as a super rich source of Omega-3) has such a positive effect on the overall health of your mares and their foals. The outer coating, or membrane, of every one of the billions of cells in the horse's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the main structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats utilized by the body. When each cell's membrane is healthy it can let in all the good nutrition for the cell, as well as eliminate all the toxins which will be carried out of the cell and removed by the bowels. It is really quite simple --Healthy cells = Healthy body!
You can be very sure that the foal's body is adding cells as it is growing in the mare's womb -- and the Omega-3 that the mare is eating (via Omega Antioxidant) is being utilized very effectively. In fact, the foal's growing body will pull Omega-3 from the mother as it is growing in the womb - it has priority! Therefore, sufficient amounts of Omega-3 must be added to the mare's diet ... which also serves to keep the mare healthy as well. It also is a scientific fact that the lactating mare's milk is very rich in Omega-3, as long as she consumes sufficient amounts of it. So, now you know, as long as the foals are nursing, they are getting Omega-3 to support their growing bodies.

After the foal is eating solid food, it should also get Omega-3 (Omega Antioxidant) – with the amount adjusted according to its weight. Some proven benefits of Omega-3 include:
•PROMOTE shiny, healthy coat, and smoother skin texture
•RESTORE cracked brittle hooves and develops strong solid hoof growth
•STRENGTHEN immune system
•ALLEVIATE stiff, immobile joints
•SOOTHE aching muscles and shortens recovery time
•ELIMINATE sweet itch and bug bite sores

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. I am feeding your Omega Antioxidant to my horse with mild heaves. Also msn & vit c & anihist. We were doing well this year as it has been very wet. 2 weeks ago it began to dry out so with pollens emerging his breathing is worsening. I so wanted to stay away from the drugs, by using natural things but things are going downhill now. Are these things really making a difference or am I wasting my money? I know flax is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory but does it do that is horses too? Any suggestions? I have also added Smart Pacs Breath easy. I checked with my vet & he didn’t feel there would be anything conflicting in giving him so much but doesn’t seem to know a lot about natural remedies.

A. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that resembles asthma inflammation in humans. The condition is also known as heaves, recurrent airway obstruction, broken wind, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or small airway disease.

Although we cannot speak for the effectiveness of the other products you are feeding -- msn, vitamin c, antihist, and Breath easy -- we can address the effectiveness of Omega Antioxidant for your COPD horse. Please keep reading for a more thorough explanation. And, yes, flax (as a rich plant source of Omega-3) is an effective anti-inflammatory for horses -- as it is for all animals. Also, we'll share information on SPECIAL FEEDING DIRECTIONS for Omega Antioxidant – which address amounts to feed for specific problems including heaves, allergies, inflammatory reactions to bug bites, dull coat, dry itchy skin, arthritic pain, poor hoof growth, cracking/splitting hooves, etc. -- that may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse's body.

Basic Information Concerning Inflammation
The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega Antioxidant (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as injury, surgery, over-training, allergic reactions, or diseases such as COPD.

When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated problems.

Inflammation is a horse's natural response to cell-membrane breakdown. A decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, inflammation, and in the case of COPD -- leads to difficulty with breathing.

The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Antioxidant work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing freedom from the symptoms of COPD.

The stabilized ground whole flaxseed in Omega Antioxidant also helps maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance in the small intestine that will lessen the incidence of tieing up and muscle cramping. Omega-3 essential fatty acid is a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune builder for all mammals.

Omega Antioxidant is also rich in natural occurring and added antioxidants found in ground whole flaxseed and ground grain sorghum. Antioxidants can also be helpful for horses suffering from COPD to help combat free radical damage produced during the stress response and to promote tissue repair.

Problems with heaves, allergies, inflammatory reactions to bug bites, dull coat, dry itchy skin, arthritic pain, poor hoof growth, cracking/splitting hooves, etc. may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse's body:

The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Antioxidant is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flax is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet may be missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body -- the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids do not normally get stored as fat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of optimal health improves.

SPECIAL FEEDING DIRECTIONS:
Our customers who have experienced Omega-3 deficiencies (or similar stressful problems) with their horses, have shared their successes with us. They agree that the horse needs to get a higher dosage every day for the short term in order to overcome the Omega-3 deficiency in their horse's system -- at least 2.5 to 3.5 cups of Omega Antioxidant per day based on a 1,200 lb horse, for the short term, until the symptoms/condition of the Omega-3 deficiency are alleviated.

Then, they would go back down to what was the maintenance amount for their horse -- for the long term. Note: With Omega Antioxidant you don't have to keep supplementing at the high level for the long term.

Please keep in mind that we believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. My horse is a picky eater and I want to be able to feed the Omega Antioxidant, can I mix in Super Grape Seed extract from Gateway in with the Omega Antioxidant to get my horse to eat it?

A. Please know there is no contraindication with mixing Omega Antioxidant with Super Grape Seed Extract to get your horse to eat it -- so please feel free to do that!

Following are some other recommendations from customers for feeding Omega Antioxidant to "picky eaters":
Mix Omega Antioxidant with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, carrot juice, molasses -- to create a tasty, nutritious mash their horses love.

You could also mix Omega Antioxidant with just enough water to have it stick together into a nice ball shape and hand feed it to your horse – your horse will be thinking, “What a great treat!”

Recently, I've also received a question from a customer asking if there was a problem with her feeding the flax supplement powder to her horses, directly from her hand -- to which I replied, "No problem with that at all!"

You might also try sprinkling the Omega Antioxidant over some soaked beet pellets or hay cubes – both of which make a good supplement carrier.
Q. I have a Lhasa Apso with severe skin allergies. He can only have venison or duck . Can he have your treats?

A. Omega Fields canine supplements do not contain any meat. While we do recommend the Omega Nuggets as a super safe and tasty treat for your dog, we also recommend that you supplement your dog’s diet with Omega Canine Shine as well. Omega Canine Shine is very much recommended for dogs experiencing the intense allergic inflammatory reaction of itching and scratching. Please read below for basic information concerning inflammation and why Omega-3 is so beneficial.

Basic Information Concerning Inflammation And Why Omega-3 Is So Beneficial: The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the dog's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function.

When a cell is irritated or damaged by trauma such as skin conditions, allergic reactions, injury, surgery, disease, or when it begins to age -- its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.

Inflammation is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: redness, intense itching, swelling, heat and moderate to severe discomfort. When skin becomes inflamed, your dog may experience any or all of these symptoms. With skin inflammation, there will be extreme scratching and itching taking place that will cause the hair to be rubbed off and create sore, broken skin -- as you have experienced with your dog.

Researchers have found that "inflammation" in dogs has similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.

The powerful Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing cellular damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your dog experiencing freedom from the allergic reactions of scratching and itching.

Supplementing your dog with Omega Canine Shine and/or Omega Nuggets assures you that he/she is getting the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health -- from the Omega-3 naturally found in flax seed, and Omega-3 naturally found in fish oil. Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your canine nutritionist or veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your dogs.
Q. How much does it cost (on average) to give my dog Omega Fields products?

A. Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets are very smart buys! There are approximately 200 one-teaspoon servings of Omega Canine Shine in a one-pound pouch and 96 treats in a 12 oz pouch of Omega Nuggets!
Q. I am a new Golden Retriever owner, and I recently found out my boy is sensitive to chicken. He is also the PICKIEST eater I have ever met (I didn't know picky dogs existed until we got him!). I was wondering if you could recommend any of your chicken-free dog treats for us to try? It's been a bit of a struggle finding a treat that doesn't have chicken or chicken fat in it. Also, is there someplace where it would be possible to get a sample, since he is so picky? Thanks!

A. The Omega Nuggets formula is enriched with Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help maintain the health and performance of your dog. Omega Nuggets do not contain any chicken or chicken fat. Omega Fields does not provide samples. With that being said, please know that you are not at risk for throwing money away when purchasing Omega Fields' products! Omega Fields is proud to have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and will be pleased to provide you with credit if your dog will not eat the products. Because our products are all-natural, the majority of dogs find them very palatable --but there's always the possibility of a picky eater! The only thing we ask of you -- is that you pass the unused product on to a dog-owning friend, so that someone else would have the opportunity to try out our premium products on their dog.
Q. I was just wondering if you have any experience with your product making horses “hot?” My barn manager insists that feeding the omega acid supplement that horses, especially thoroughbreds (TB), become unruly and hard to handle because of the energy level that it causes. Has this been your experience with TB’s? If you could get back to me I would appreciate it. I have a TB with terrible hooves. I am constantly fighting whiteline disease and thrush and I was hoping to buy a product that would benefit his hooves and his skin and joints.

A. Since Omega-3 essential fatty acids are utilized by the body so effectively (they are the first fats used at the cellular level), they do not normally cause a horse to get hot or cause excess energy -- as other fats or calories can do. Please see section below explaining how Omega-3 fats are so essential to your TB's good health (at the most basic cellular level) and why they are the first fats utilized by the body .

Benefits of Omega-3 rich stabilized ground flax for horses at the basic cellular level -- and their utilization by the body:

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for cell membrane integrity. Cell membrane integrity can be compromised by excess acidity at the cellular levels and by too high levels of pro-inflammatory fatty acids like Omega-6 -- which the animal takes in from feeds and grains, and trans fats and animal fat products which may be present in senior feeds, et.

If those cell membranes become deformed, they cannot facilitate the elimination of metabolic wastes nor can they allow entry to the cell of nutrients. The cell membrane also is important in healthy energy production … the electrolytes of magnesium and potassium inside the cell interact across the cell membrane with the electrolytes sodium and calcium in the fluid outside the cell to produce electrical energy. If the membrane is damaged from a deficiency of Omega-3, calcium and sodium rush into the cell and shut down the life forces of that cell.

The stabilized ground flax seed used in Omega Fields' products is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seed is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world -- 4 parts of Omega-3 to 1 part of Omega-6 (4:1 ratio) -- the same ratio as the fat found in fresh natural grasses (forage). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet is missing -- which also provide "benefits" of beautiful bloom, soft smooth skin, strong solid hoof growth, prevention of inflammatory problems from bug bites/allergies, and relief from arthritic pain.

The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega Horseshine and Omega Nibblers also acts as a digestive aid to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose. Therefore, it can help a thin horse keep on weight -- by helping the horse absorb more nutritional value from its dietary intake. Omega-3 fatty acids also do not normally get stored as fat so they will not put excess weight on an easy keeper.

When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health.

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. How many mg of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are in 15 Omega Nibblers?

A. There are approximately 10,260 mg of Omega-3 and 3,420 mg of Omega-6 in 15 Omega Nibblers treats.
Q. Do your Omega Nibblers treats contain added sugar or molasses? Do you know the sugar and/or starch analysis?

A. Omega Nibblers treats do contain black strap molasses, but only at less than 3%. We intentionally improved Omega Nibblers by replacing the cane molasses in the previous recipe with blackstrap molasses, which is considered superior in nutritional content, and may be especially touted as a healthy food (for pets and their people!).

Although we have not had them tested by Dairy One, we know they would test high in NSC (non structural carbohydrates) for starch and sugar because of the oats, rice bran, and molasses in the recipe. Omega Nibblers are not recommended for IR or Cushings horses as the NSC amount would be over the recommendation of 10% or less.

We are very pleased, however, that our supplement Omega Horseshine's stabilized ground flax seed has a low NSC value (4.4%) and, as such, has been recommended as a safe source of essential Omega-3 for IR/Cushings horses. As a suggestion for a very basic treat -- I have a customer who told me he mixes the 1/2 cup Omega Horseshine® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feeds it to his horse -- and his horse thinks it is a big old treat! I've shared his comment with many of our customers who've told me they've tried it and their horses liked it too.
Q. My girlfriend feeds your Omega-3 Nibblers to her horse and she swears by them. I'm thinking getting some for my horse, but I'm wondering about the benefit/safety of the yeast culture. Would you please explain why horses need additional yeast culture? Thank you!

A. We are pleased to let you know that Omega Nibblers® do contain Diamond V Yeast as a probiotic -- please see a bit more in-depth information below. Omega Nibblers are tasty and functional -- it's a win/win treat! Omega Nibblers were formulated by our biochemist in consultation with several veterinarians to help maintain the health of your horse. Omega Nibblers are a great tasting and functional treat containing the best ratios of the full spectrum of natural Omega EFAs -- higher in 3 and 9 and lower in 6 -- to complement your horse's health. The ground flaxseed in the treats also acts as a digestive aid.

Ingredients include: stabilized ground flaxseed (at 50% of the formula!), ground grain sorghum seed, hulled barley, rolled oats, black strap molasses, Diamond V Yeast as a probiotic, salt, mixed tocopherols as a natural preservative, zinc sulfate, and vitamin B-6.

One of the most noted responses of yeast culture inclusion in horse diets is the positive impact on hindgut fermentation of fiber (cellulose and hemicellulose conversion to volatile fatty acids) which leads to better forage utilization and more energy production. Diets containing a performance-proven yeast culture are digested more completely, which positively affects the efficiency of forage utilization and horse performance. Yeast cultures have also improved nitrogen digestibility (better protein usage from forage) and digestibility of some minerals. The use of yeast culture has also been shown to influence the level of plasma lactic acid in exercising horses. Lower levels of plasma lactic acid were produced in exercising horses fed yeast culture compared to control (no yeast culture) horses. Horses with lower lactic acid levels are capable of working longer and recovering quicker and have less risk of typing-up. We’ve selected the most effective yeast culture we could find on the market -- Diamond V Yeast XP -- for our Omega Nibblers® formula.

The Diamond V Process™ used to manufacture yeast culture creates nutritional metabolites. A true yeast culture is an all-natural product derived from culturing Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast). During the culturing process, yeast produce nutritional metabolites which are products of yeast metabolic processes. These nutritional metabolites increase the fermenting activity of hindgut bacteria, enabling them to more completely break down the feed, providing the horse with additional nutrients for absorption. Digestion studies have shown Diamond V Yeast Culture increases fiber digestibility in the horse. Therefore, nutrients in hay and feed are more available for use by the horse. By increasing the digestibility of fibrous feedstuffs, more energy is made available for growth, maintenance, or other activities.

A study conducted by Glade and Campbell-Taylor (1990) showed that Diamond V Yeast Culture supplemented horses had heart rates of 99 beats per minute versus 120 beats per minute for control horses after 35 minutes of exercise. In addition to heart rate, when looking at the equine athlete, one of the other key factors is lactic acid build-up in the muscles. This build-up causes our horses the pain and soreness that sometimes require a long recovery period, depending on the exercise levels. In any event, it is beneficial to reduce this lactic acid build-up and improve recovery time. Diamond V Yeast Culture was shown in a study by Glade and Campbell-Taylor (1990) to effect lactic acid accumulation in the blood.

All horses can benefit from yeast culture supplementation. The level of response is dependent on forage quality and class of horse. Young horses, working horses, and broodmares in late gestation and early lactation particularly benefit from yeast culture supplementation. Yeast culture supplementation may also be beneficial to older horses, since they cannot digest protein, phosphorus, and fiber as efficiently as younger horses. Yeast culture seems to be especially valuable when forage quality is less than optimum, regardless of the class of horse being fed. Injured horses and horses recovering from illness also benefit from supplementation.
Q. Will Nibblers work as well as Horseshine for Sand Colic?

A. Fifteen each Omega Nibblers contains the same amount of flax as does a 1/2 cup serving of Omega Horseshine. Therefore, as long as fifteen each Omega Nibblers are fed per day, that daily serving size will help prevent sand colic.
Q. How many Omega Nibblers are in the 3.5 lb pouch?

A. There are approximately 215 treats in each pouch. Have a big herd of horses? Keep in mind that we also have a huge 15 lb box of Omega Nibblers with approximately 925 treats! WOW!
Q. How many of the Nibblers would a 1000-1200 lbs horse need daily vs. the Omega Horseshine powder?

A. Omega Nibblers (the horse treats made with the highest percentage of flax) are the most convenient and enjoyable way our customers have found to supplement their horses with the benefits of Omega-3 / fiber. Just 15 treats per day for a 1200 pound horse is the recommended amount to take the place of 1/2 cup of Omega Horseshine as a daily Omega-3 supplement.
Q. I have a question. My horse was just diagnosed with acute laminitis and was wondering if any of your treats would benefit for him. He is on a strict diet and needs to lose weight.

A. We would recommend either Omega Nibblers treats and/or Omega Fields’ stabilized ground flax supplement, Omega Horseshine® -- as a smart investment for the health of your horse. Please keep reading for more in-depth information.

Why is supplementing with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (Omega Nibblers® and/or Omega Horseshine® are both rich sources of Omega-3) important to cellular health to help prevent/alleviate problems with laminitis? The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as disease (ie – laminitis/navicular/founder), injury, surgery, or over-training. When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.

Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. Your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. This can prevent the horse from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the “diseases of aging” in horses such as laminitis, navicular, founder, and arthritis have similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.

The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing the freedom to move.

Also, horses with weak/poor hoof conformation are more apt to suffer with laminitis. Poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency. Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine provide highest levels of Omega-3 – both are an excellent choice for helping create healthy strong thick-walled hoof growth without cracks. Strong thick-walled hooves will be a most effective preventative for the problems of navicular.

Based on our customers' comments on the results they've seen (over these past 25 years) -- they were able to cut way back on or discontinue additional hoof supplements altogether – because of the high percentage of Omega-3 in Omega Nibblers and/or Omega Horseshine.

Omega Horseshine is actually recommended as an effective Omega-3 supplement for Cushings and IR horses because of its low 4.4% Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC) value. Please see more information below.

Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of fresh grasses is extremely low in fat, with the naturally occurring fat predominantly Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid levels in fresh grasses are at 3:1 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Ground flax seed has Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels that are the closest to fresh grasses. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels in flax seed run at least 3:1, often even higher.

Omega Horseshine contains 30% crude fat and has a 39% carbohydrate level with a very low NSC level of 4.4% (Starch .6% and Sugar 3.8%). It is one of the safest and most natural ways to supplement the healthy Omega-3 fat in animals -- which provides side "benefits" of beautiful bloom, soft smooth skin, strong solid hoof growth, prevention of inflammatory problems from bug bites/allergies, relief from arthritic pain. and sufficient Omega-3 for pregnant mares.

The Omega Nibblers’ formula does contain black strap molasses (although the inclusion level is less than 5%!) – so they do have a higher level of NSC than Omega Horseshine …. but .. that is really only a concern if your horse is metabolically challenged.

Please keep in mind that these are only our suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering or health questions you have concerning your horses.
Q. I am trying to consolidate feed/supplements and reduce the number of jars in the tack room and $$, but still be sure that my 2 horses are covered with the necessary v & m intake: 1.) I have 2 geldings: 13 yo very easy keeper and 9 yo with no weight problems. Additionally, the 13 yo has Lymes disease which flares up from time to time and must be treated with long course of antibiotic, and is often very arthritic, particularly in shoulders and fetlocks...he's mostly a pasture ornament these days. 2.) Because of their difficult nutritional needs, I have been feeding them a mixture of oats and barley (so I can adjust the calorie intake for each), mostly grass hay and pasture, and supplementing their v & m and fats separately. I've been using ground hemp for the Omegas, but having to have it come from Canada makes it very expensive. Dynamite TNT for supplements, also pretty expensive. 3.) If I switch over to the Omega GRANDE, I'm hoping to save some money, but still provide them with both the v & m and fats for their optimum health needs without having to change their grain or grass/hay intake. Correct?


A. Please see our answers to your questions:

1.) The high Omega-3 -- a powerful anti-inflammatory -- in Omega GRANDE should offer joint relief for your 13 year.
2.) With Omega GRANDE, you will be able to eliminate the hemp and the Dynamite TNT.
3. You are absolutely correct!
Q. Could you tell me how much Omega Grande to feed to a 850 pound horse? I plan on top feeding it with Manna Pro Super Horse 10. I currently use horseshine with Manna Pro's Equi-prep vitamin mineral supplement. With 4 vitamin E capsules thrown in which are 1000 each. If I use the Grande I will not need to put in the vitamin E will I?


A. Omega GRANDE is a COMPLETE supplement, including all daily vitamins and minerals required for a 1,000 lb horse, included in a 3-scoop (1.5 cup) daily serving. We recommend the 3-scoop (1.5 cup) daily serving for your 850 horse. Please see information below ("in quotes"), for you from Dr. Kris Hiney, Omega Fields’ equine nutrition expert who headed up our formulation team for the product Omega GRANDE, concerning the rest of your questions:

"A little background of Vitamin E:
Natural sources of Vitamin E – seed germ or germ oils from plants; green forage or hay.
Vitamin E fxn’s = “antioxidant”, muscle structure, reproduction.
Vitamin E’s utilization is dependent on adequate Selenium (Se)
• Many supplements containing Vitamin E also contain Selenium. Because Selenium can be toxic, make sure your horse doesn't get more than 3 mg of this mineral per day. (Note: Omega GRANDE contains 0.95 mg per 3-scoop serving.) If your horse needs extra Vitamin E and is already receiving adequate Selenium, you may want to supplement Vitamin E alone. There are various forms of vitamin E in horse feeds and supplements, look for dl-alpha Tocopheryl acetate, as it has good activity and better stability for storage than most other forms (this is form of Vitamin E in Omega GRANDE!). Note: 1 mg of dl-alpha Tocopheryl acetate is equal to 1 IU of vitamin E.

You also have to take into consideration – nutrient requirements for a feeding program to meet the needs for different type of horses, work type, life stage, etc: Maintenance; Growth – young horse; Working horse; Reproduction; Lactation – mare with foal.

Currently you may be over-feeding Vitamin E. Of the data I summarized earlier this year, concerning supplementation of anti-oxidants, the only studies which yielded positive results fed at a rate of between 1000 and 3000 IU per of Vitamin E. These levels have been shown to stabilize the Vitamin E status in the blood of exercising horses.

However, it did not alter any other parameter studied. Any study feeding at higher levels found no statistical differences, in at least any parameters studied. The typical recommendation for a normal performance horse is actually closer to just 1000 IU/d. The elevated levels would actually be for horses in fairly strenuous training, or those that might suffer from some other condition. These would include neuromuscular disorders, respiratory disorders, or other alterations of a normally functioning anti-oxidant system.

Concerning your feeding program, one 3-scoop serving of Omega GRANDE should provide 700 IIU of vitamin E per day. That should be combined with what the horse is receiving from the Mann Pro Super Horse 10.

Visiting their web-site yielded two different products - Elite 10 and Performance 10. Both formulations contain Vitamin E at 80 IU/lb. The recommended feeding guidelines are to provide between 6-10 lbs of the product per day. This would provide between 480 and 800 IU of Vitamin E depending on the feeding rate. Thus, supplementing with both Manna Pro Super Horse 10 and Omega GRANDE - the horse would be consuming 1180 - 1700 IU of Vitamin E per day. If you desire to feed Vitamin E at the upper levels of studies which have yielded some positive results - that would be only 1-2 additional capsules.

Now if the horse has some underlying pathologies we are not aware of, I would recommend to follow your treatment program. However, the normal horse should be fine with just the two products alone -- Omega GRANDE and Manna Pro Super Horse 10) -- without adding additional capsules. Hope that helps."

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q. I saw your products at an Ocala feed store, and realized it would be cheaper for me to feed just this then the 4 different supplements my mare is on now. Only problem I'm having is really figuring out which one would be better, and seeing the difference between them. My mare is almost 4, we're training in Dressage and do rollbacks in the roundpen about once a week. She's an Appendix QH, though about 75-80%, so needs a good muscle supplement. Her coat is VERY bleached and dry. She has bad feet most of the time, they grow fast, but they're very weak! I'm trying to avoid having to shoe, as I cannot afford that easily, I'm only 19 years old, and am a college student. She also has the worst sensitivity to bugs I've ever seen and a trainer I used has ever seen, too. Plus, she has weight issues. So, that what I'm dealing with in my baby girl. She's my first and only horse, I've broken in her and I just got a new trainer, who I love. I'm trying to give my horse the best care I can. She is on SmartMuscle Mass, SmartBug Off, SmartProtect, and Bioflax 20. Which ends up being about $87.90 a month, and I cannot afford anymore. Please let me know which of the two you would recommend, and the difference in them please.


A. When I first read your email, understood the condition of your mare, and saw the supplements you are feeding now - my first thought was that Omega GRANDE would be perfect for her! Below please find, a description of Omega GRANDE, a list of your concerns for your mare, how Omega GRANDE would address each of those concerns - plus more, and our BOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION. Consideration for Omega Horseshine is included as well. Also, farther below, you will find listed a basic description of the four supplements you are currently feeding.

Description of Omega GRANDE:

Omega GRANDE – the premium COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses/donkeys with the added benefits of super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from the best premium stabilized ground flaxseed, stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to top serve over feed.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Yeast Culture, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Description of SmartMuscle Mass:
Per SmartPak's information: SmartMuscle Mass provides 12 amino acids as the building blocks of muscle tissue. Gamma Oryzanol, Creatine, HMB, Collagen, Betaine and other targeted ingredients are also included to assist the muscle-building process.

Precautions

For use in horses only. Cautions: Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. If animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately. This product should not be given to animals intended for human consumption.

Declared Ingredients (Per Serving)
Active Ingredients per 28.35 g
Bio Active Whey 4,300 mg
Hydrolyzed Collagen 1,500 mg
L-Glutamine 1,400 mg
Beta-Alanine 460 mg
Trimethylglycine (Betaine) 450 mg
D-Ribose 300 mg
L-Proline 280 mg
L-Isoleucine 250 mg
L-Arginine 220 mg
Gamma Oryzanol 220 mg
L-Glycine 100 mg
DL-Methionine 100 mg
L-Valine 100 mg
L-Lysine 96 mg
L-Leucine 94 mg
L-Histidine 92 mg
L-Threonine 90 mg
HMB (Beta-hydroxy Beta-methylbutyrate) 60 mg

Other Ingredients
Inactive Ingredients: Dulsatin® (natural sweetener), Fenugreek Seed, Grape Pomace (Ground Grape Seed and Skin), Stabilized Rice Bran, Vanilla Flavoring.

Description of SmartBug Off:
(per SmartPak's information: SmartBug-Off is your one stop solution for flies and insects! This special pelleted formula includes Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar and Brewer’s Yeast to discourage flies from landing on or biting your horse.)

Precautions

For use in horses only. Cautions: Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. If animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Due to Garlic content, may have anti-coagulant effect in high doses, shouldn’t be used prior to surgery, may cause digestive upset (raw), excessive sustained doses may cause Heinze body anemia, not to be used in pre-existing anemia. Not for use with anticoagulants (Grape Seed Extract). Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately. This product should not be given to animals intended for human consumption.

Declared Ingredients (Per Serving)
Active Ingredients per 30 g
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 2,250 mg
DL-Methionine 1,650 mg
Garlic 1,500 mg
Apple Cider Vinegar 450 mg
Thiamine (B1) 450 mg
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 420 mg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 250 mg
Grape Seed Extract 200 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 180 mg
Calcium Pantothenate (B5) 165 mg
Diatomaceous Earth 150 mg

Other Ingredients

Inactive Ingredients: Brewers Dried Yeast, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Dried Yeast, Fenugreek Seed, Grape Pomace (Ground Grape Seed and Skin), Lignin Sulfonate, Stabilized Flax Seed Meal, Vegetable Oil (cold pressed).

Description of SmartProtect:
(per SmartPak's information: SmartProtect is a potent, cost-effective antioxidant formula! Antioxidants may help your horse’s body fight the damaging effects of free radicals and oxidative stress.)

Precautions

For use in horses only. Cautions: Safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven. If animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. Federal law prohibits the off-label use of this product in ruminants. Not to be used with anticoagulants (Grape Seed Extract). Warnings: For animal use only. Keep out of the reach of children and other animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately. This product should not be given to animals intended for human consumption.

Declared Ingredients (Per Serving)
Active Ingredients per 28 g:
Grape Seed Meal 11,560 mg
Vitamin E 3,000 IU
Vitamin C 3,000 mg
Citrus Bioflavonoids 500 mg
Grape Seed Extract 200 mg
Super Oxide Dismutase (Bovine Source) 100 mg
L-Lysine 50 mg

Other Ingredients

Inactive Ingredients: Fenugreek Seed, Flax Seed Meal, Natural and Artificial Flavors.

Description of Bioflax 20:
(Per SmartPak's information: The Original Biotin & Flax Supplement)

Precautions

For animal use only. Store sealed container in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children.

Declared Ingredients (Per Serving)
Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 24%
Crude Fat (min) 21%
Crude Fiber (max) 20%
Biotin (min) 20 mg

Other Ingredients

Milled Flaxseed, Yeast Culture, Biotin, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Carbonate.

BOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION FOR OMEGA GRANDE:

Omega GRANDE is COMPLETE and is the only supplement your horse will need with either grass or hay. Omega GRANDE is economical per recommended serving -- plus there are 23,396 mg Omega-3, per 3 scoop daily serving for your mare.

Omega GRANDE will help alleviate each of the following concerns you have for your very special mare:

• good muscle development
• alleviating very bleached and dry coat
• building strong solid hoof growth which is now weak
• alleviating terrible sensitivity to bug bites
• overcoming weight issues

You could effectively replace the following supplements you are currently feeding with Omega GRANDE: SmartMuscle Mass, SmartProtect, BioFlax20. Since there is no garlic in the Omega GRANDE formula, you may want to continue with SmartBug Off, if you feel your mare is experiencing benefits. We think you would be very pleased with the results your mare would experience with Omega GRANDE!
Q. I have used Healthy Coat and loved it but it only comes in a liquid and I want a non liquid for winter. I am also looking at Equi-Omega Complex, but their product page doesn't really tell you anything except give you a photo of the product with ingredients. I heard Cocosoya oil works well for weight gain which is why I thought of your products as non liquids. Can you give any advise on something I can add to the feed for two of my mares for weight gain, healthy coat. I have also had an issue with rain rot that I can't seem to get rid of. A horse came back from the trainers with it, and in NO time flat everyone had it and got rid of it on most, and now it’s back on two. They were on uniprim for two weeks, didn't seem to cut it. ideas? Input? Please!


A. In reading over what you are supplementing right now and the goals you want to accomplish – we want to suggest you take a serious look at our COMPLETE supplement --- Omega GRANDE. I think you would be very pleased with the positive results your horses will experience. By supplementing with Omega GRANDE, you would be able to eliminate both the Healthy Coat and the Equi-Omega Complex. Please see below for in-depth look at 1.) Omega GRANDE and the other two supplements 2.) Healthy Coat and 3.) Equi-Omega Complex and our 4.) Bottom-Line Recommendation.

1.) Omega GRANDE®:

The COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (23,396 mg Omega-3 per serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Cost for a 15 lb bag, 30 day supply for one horse, is $54.95 each ($53.30 if you order 3 bags at a time). Approximate cost per day, per horse = $1.78.

Omega GRANDE is made with stabilized, ground, full-fat, food-grade flaxseed and has a 100% Freshness Guarantee of 12 full months. Our food-grade manufacturing plant is located in Newton, WI -- so all our products are made in the USA. You can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Triple-Cleaned, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax we use in our formulas -- as it is protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value

The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega GRANDE also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose.

Omega GRANDE is very rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatories, so they help with the reduction and prevention of inflammation at the cellular level, hence they naturally work from the inside out in every cell to reduce and help prevent inflammation from joint pain and muscle tieing up -- and promote healing.

Ingredients:
Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Yeast Culture, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

2.) Healthy Coat

Healthy Coat is an Omega-6 oil supplement with Vitamin E and Lecithin, fortified with Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin B-12. According to Healthy Coat's website it is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. According to the Guaranteed Analysis as listed on Healthy Coat's website -- it is very rich in Omega-6 (48%) with only a very small percentage of Omega-3 (8%) -- a 6:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3. They do not list Healthy Coat's ingredients on the site -- but soybean oil happens to contain the same percentage of Omega-6 and Omega-3, so I would have to conclude that the base of the product is soybean oil with added Vitamin E and Lecithin fortified with a small percentage of Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin B-12. The recommended daily serving is 2 oz to 4 oz top-dressed over feed. The cost is not listed on the website, so I don't know the cost per serving. You have that information.

Healthy Coat Guaranteed Analysis per pound:
250 IU - Vitamin E, minimum
34,000 mcg - Niacin, minimum
5,000 mcg - Biotin, minimum
337 mcg - Vitamin B-12, minimum
48% - Linoleic acid, minimum (Omega-6 fatty acid)
8% - Linolenic acid, minimum (Omega-3 fatty acid)

Any sweet feed, grain or hay that you are currently feeding is already heavily tipped in favor of Omega-6's -- so your horses really need a source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids in their diet in order to achieve optimal health. Please see info below: How does a dietary imbalance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids affect a horse's health? Since inability to keep weight on and susceptibility to bacterial infection/inflammation may be signs of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega GRANDE provides the highest levels of Omega-3, plus Yeast Culture, and required vitamins and minerals -- it is an excellent choice for helping create and sustain healthy weight and helping prevent bacterial infection/inflammation -- and can effectively replace Healthy Coat.

3.) Equi-Omega Complex

Equi-Omega Complex is a dry essential fatty acid formula that blends Cocosoya, stabilized flax seed, and stabilized rice bran in a highly palatable formula (according to web info). Ingredients: Flax Seed Meal, Distillers with Solubles, Rice Bran, Vegetable Oil Blend (Cocosoya), Dried Bacillus Subtillis Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Vitamin E, Dried Aspergillus Niger Extract, Dried Lactobacilus Lactis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Active Live Yeast.

Omega GRANDE provides a 23,396 mg of Omega-3 per serving versus whatever Omega-3 is provided by Equi-Omega Complex – plus all required vitamins and minerals – it can very effectively replace Equi-Omega Complex and create and sustain healthy weight and help prevent bacterial infection/inflammation. Equi-Omega Complex does not include the amount of Omega-3 in the formula on their label or on the website information.

Usually, we have found, that if a company includes a generous amount of Omega-3 in their formula – they are very proud to include it on their label and on their web info – like Omega Fields does!

4.) Bottom-Line Recommendation:

Omega GRANDE is COMPLETE and is the only supplement your horses will need with either grass or hay. Omega Grande(r) is economical per recommended serving -- plus there is more Omega-3 per serving (27,396 mg per day with Omega GRANDE We would recommend that you could use Omega GRANDE to replace the Healthy Coat and the Equi-Omega Complex. As you would agree -- there is no point in you wasting your resources, time and energy! How does a dietary imbalance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids affect a horse's health?

Your horse needs a minimum level of key fats to maintain good health. These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs) -- so named because the horse can't manufacture them in its body, making them "essential" in the diet -- linoleic acid (Omega-6 fatty acid -- found in your horse's hay, sweet feed and grain) and alpha-linolenic acid (Omega-3 fatty acid found in natural grass (absent in dried hay) and flaxseed). Normally, the horse's body contains more Omega-6 than Omega-3 fatty acids, so it would seem the horse's diet should match that distribution. But "normal" is somewhat misleading, and therefore the emphasis turns to increasing the level of Omega-3s in the horse's diet while maintaining a good supply of the Omega-6s. Essential fatty experts recommend feeding a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 -- anywhere from 1:1 to 4:1 -- to maintain optimal health.

Please keep in mind that these are only our suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering or health questions you have concerning your horses.
Q. I have a 13 yo Quarter Horse Mare who is currently on Farrier’s Formula (Life Data Labs) and Pala-Tech equine granules (omega’s) as recommended by the vet. However, I was reading that Omega Horseshine has the omega’s that she needs to help with skin allergies due to no-see-um bug bite reaction. Is it ok to feed her the Farrier’s Formula and Omega Horseshine together? So I can eliminate the Pala-Tach with the same results with the lower cost on supplements. I sure do not want to overdo the supplements and cause problems later. Greatly appreciate your advice.


A. In reading over what you are supplementing right now and the goals you want to accomplish for your mare – we want to suggest you take a serious look at our COMPLETE supplement --- Omega GRANDE. I think you would be very pleased with the positive results your mare will experience. By supplementing with Omega GRANDE, you would be able to eliminate both the Farrier’s Formula and the Equine FA Plus Granules. Please see below for in-depth look at 1.) Omega GRANDE and the other two supplements 2.) Farriers’s Formula and 3.) Equine FA Plus Granules and our 4.) Bottom-Line Recommendation.

1.) Omega GRANDE®:

The COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (23,396 mg Omega-3 per serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve.

Omega GRANDE is made with stabilized, ground, full-fat, food-grade flaxseed and has a 100% Freshness Guarantee of 12 full months. Our food-grade manufacturing plant is located in Newton, WI -- so all our products are made in the USA. You can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Triple-Cleaned, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax we use in our formulas -- as it is protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value

The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega GRANDE also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose.

Omega GRANDE is very rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatories, so they help with the reduction and prevention of inflammation at the cellular level, hence they naturally work from the inside out in every cell to reduce and help prevent inflammation from joint pain and muscle tieing up -- and promote healing.

Ingredients:

Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Yeast Culture, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

2.) Farrier's Formula

A hoof supplement containing the following ingredients: Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Yeast Culture, Lecithin, DL-Methionine, Soy Protein Concentrate, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Colbalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Vegetable Oil, Permitted natural and artificial flavorings added (COE#: 217C, 201C, 409C, 282C, 648C, 417C).

Since poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega GRANDE provides the highest levels of Omega-3 plus Yeast Culture, and required vitamins and minerals -- it is an excellent choice for helping create healthy strong thick-walled hoof growth without cracks -- and can effectively replace the Farrier's Formula.

3.) Equine FA Plus Granules

A supplemental source of omega fatty acids and other essential vitamins and minerals (according to web info). They also mention that the formula contains molasses and is in an apple flavor base to enhance acceptance by the horse. Since they choose not to provide a complete listing of ingredients online, we are unable to provide an analysis of the base they are using – but it does sound like it’s high in molasses and fillers!

Since Omega GRANDE provides a 23,396 mg of Omega-3 per serving versus the 3,000 mg of Omega-3 provided by Equine FA Plus Granules – plus all required vitamins and minerals – it can very effectively replace the Equine FA Plus Granules and effectively help eliminate allergic reactions.

4.) Bottom-Line Recommendation:

Omega GRANDE is COMPLETE and is the only supplement your horses will need with either grass or hay. Omega Grande(r) is economical per recommended serving -- plus there is more Omega-3 per serving (27,396 mg per day with Omega GRANDE versus 3,000 mg per day with Equine FA Pl.us Granules). We would recommend that you could use Omega GRANDE to replace the Farriers Formula and Equine FA Plus Granules. As you would agree -- there is no point in you wasting your resources, time and energy! Please keep in mind that these are only our suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering or health questions you have concerning your horses.
Q: Do you have samples I can get to see if my horse will actually eat your product? So many times I have gotten stuff that he won't touch and I have no recourse but to give it away, because it would cost me more to send it back.. Having a horse is costly enough without throwing money away!


A. Omega Fields does not provide samples of our products. With that being said, please read below to discover that you are not at risk for throwing money away when purchasing Omega Fields' products! Omega Fields is proud to have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and will be pleased to provide you with credit if your horse will not eat the products. BTW, because our products are all-natural, the majority of horses find them very palatable --but there's always the possibility of a picky eater! The only thing we ask of you -- is that you pass the unused product on to a friend who has horses, so that someone else would have the opportunity to try out our premium product on their horses.
My friend has an opened bag of Omega GRANDE. She's had it for over a year, maybe 2 years. It's been kept in a plastic container. She hasn't use it up and would like to give it to me to try it. Would this still be OK to give to my horse? Or would it not be good any longer?


A. There should be Use By Date printed on the white tape that seals the bottom of the bag -- then you know for sure. However, if you do not have the bag any longer -- and you believe the product may very well have been open and stored for over one year, we do recommend that you purchase your own bag of Omega GRANDE. You will not be disappointed with the results you will see for your horse!
Q. I love Omega GRANDE, but my horses don't love the powdery consistency...any thoughts of putting it into a liquid or even better a textured feed type consistency?


A. First (1.), we will provide you with some basic information concerning the pelletizing process, in order to help you understand why Omega Fields does not pelletize Omega GRANDE®. We purposefully choose not to have Omega GRANDE pelletized in order to keep it as fresh as possible, and maintain it as a natural, whole, functional food. Then (2.), we will discuss possible alternate ways to feed Omega GRANDE (other than top-dressing over feed)

1.) Information concerning the pelletizing process: The conventional method for manufacturing pellets involves forcing a feed mixture under pressure through a metal plate called a die. This die contains holes of the desired pellet size. As the mixture is extruded through the die holes, a rotating blade cuts the feed to the desired length. Although there are many variations in equipment design, all pelleting machines involve the extrusion principle. There are many disadvantages to this type of pelletizing operation. A large amount of pressure is required to force feed through the dies, which results in friction and, consequently, heat. Often pellets coming off the dies are so warm that they cannot be held in one's hand. The nutritive value of diets subjected to these conditions obviously is reduced through oxidation of heat-sensitive components. In addition, excessive heat and pressure frequently cause material to clog the dies, requiring stoppage of the process until the die plate is removed and cleaned. The operating cost is high, since the extruding operation requires considerable maintenance labor beyond that needed for production. We have also learned that the pelletizing process works best with formulas that contain a much higher percentage of molasses, and we are not about to add molasses to Omega GRANDE!

2.) Alternate ways to feed Omega Horseshine: Fellow horse owners have successfully mixed Omega GRANDE with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, carrot juice, molasses -- to create a tasty, nutritious wet mash their horses love. You can also mix each scoop-full of Omega GRANDE® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feed it to your horse -- who will think it is a big old treat!
Q: I have a question regarding storage. I live in Texas, so humidity is always an issue and heat will soon be an issue. I am wondering if I can store this in the freezer and for how long? Can I store in the refrigerator and for how long?


A. Omega Fields is pleased to let you know that the ground flaxseed in Omega GRANDE is stabilized -- using our proprietary stabilization technology. Omega GRANDE has a guaranteed 12 month shelf life with no loss of nutritional value.

We recommend that the 15 lb bag of Omega GRANDE be stored by placing the product (in its original bag) in a clean hard plastic covered container, in a cool, dry, dark, place (ambient room temperature of 74 degrees or less), away from where rodents or bugs may try to enter the bag. Since our products are all natural, insects and rodents love them as well. The seal on the bag is sewn on; therefore, storage of bag within another container as described above provides best product protection.

In the extreme heat and humidity of summer, however, it is best to keep Omega Fields products in your air conditioned house, or a cooler area, and just put the amount you use for your horses - for two or three weeks or so - in a separate clean container that can stay out in the barn or tack room. This would be sufficient to keep the product fresh during the summer season.

While refrigeration is absolutely not required, storage in a refrigerator does ensure a cool, dry, and dark space. If you have room in a freezer, you can store it there for extended freshness. Freezing slows the rate of oxidation and has a bacterio-static effect which serves to stop the aging process until you remove it from your freezer!
Q: Do you think I could use the Omega GRANDE to make my own horse treats?


A. Thank you for your question concerning using Omega GRANDE to make your own treats. Please see info below.

1.) Omega Nibblers® are the most convenient, great tasting, and totally functional treat, containing the best ratios of the full spectrum of natural Omega EFAs -- higher in 3 and 9 and lower in 6 -- to complement your horse's health. Omega Nibblers were formulated by our biochemist in consultation with several veterinarians to help maintain the health of your horse. Highest quality, all-natural ingredients include stabilized ground flaxseed, ground grain sorghum seed, hulled barley, rolled oats, blackstrap molasses, Diamond V Yeast, salt, mixed Tocopherols, zinc sulfate, and vitamin B-6. Stabilized ground flaxseed provides Omega-3, antioxidants, and soluble/insoluble fiber; ground grain sorghum seed (which we grind ourselves), hulled barley, and rolled oats are added for their powerful antioxidant values; studies have shown that Diamond V Yeast enhances digestibility and hindgut fermentation, and mixed Tocopherols provide natural preservative qualities.

2.) As a suggestion for “one of the most basic treats ever” – mix can also mix each scoop-full of Omega GRANDE® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feed it to your horse -- who will think it is a big old treat!

3.) There are no contraindications to including Omega GRANDE as an ingredient in your own recipe for baked horse treats. In fact, it is an excellent way to obtain the healthy constituents found in Omega GRANDE. Studies have shown that both the ALA and lignans in flaxseed remain stable under common baking temperatures of 178ºC (350ºF).

Our bottom-line recommendation: Choosing any or all of the above would be an excellent indication that you are smart, informed, and love your horses!
Q: Is Omega GRANDE safe to feed with oats -- especially concerning the Calcium to Phosphorus levels?


A. Omega GRANDE – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is safe to feed with straight oats.

Omega GRANDE was formulated to provide the essential vitamins and minerals required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega Grande® eliminates the need for extra supplementation.

The Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorus (P) levels in Omega GRANDE are designed to be balanced with the correct ratio of 2:1 for the supplement itself. Omega GRANDE is not going to be a significant source of the macro minerals Ca and P in a horse’s diet due to the amount in which it is fed compared to the whole diet of the horse. So please note that to ensure a balanced Ca:P ratio, you need to take the whole horse’s daily ration into consideration, including your forage type, concentrate type, and supplementation regime.

OAT GRAIN - Ca % = ranging from – 0.08-0.09 and P % = ranging from 0.34 to 0.38
- (crimped oats are our suggested best option when selecting oats for your active horses)

To calculate Ca:P ratio ( keep in mind that types of forage and concentrates vary from region to region) – to find our your actual % of the feed you are providing your horse, I would recommend getting your forage tested, use the feed tag provided on your concentrate bag, and the guaranteed analysis provided to you by your supplement manufacturer- via the product package, on their website, etc.
1. Convert the number of pounds of each feed to kilograms by dividing pounds by 2.2.
• Including your forage, concentrate and supplements
o IE: type of hay and in your case – oats
2. Multiply these numbers by both the calcium and phosphorus content of each feed.
• % x Kg
• Multiply this number by 1000 to convert to grams, a more convenient number to work with
3. Now add the values for Ca together
4. Now add the values for P together
5. Divide the total calcium by the total
phosphorus. This is the calcium-phosphorus ratio if you fed this particular ration.
Q: Very excited about your Grande. I have some questions for you. Do I have to worry about any weight gain expected with this? I have a WB 2 year old that is 16.2h. He only gets 1 lb. of low starch extruded grain 2xday to mix his supplements in. I have him on OCD pellets and have been giving him a vit/min supplement (which he is not found of). d/t low grain intake, but I would like him to get your Grande instead. He gets excellent orchard grass hay. How much Grande should I give him every day? I have a yearling (16 mos old) Friesian/WB gelding. He gets 3 1/2 lbs. grain per day and a low nutritional pasture/grass hay free choice. How much Grande should I give him per day? Will he gain weight with the Grande? I would rather the grain per day get lowered than the Grande if this happens.


A: Good for you that you are taking the necessary time and energy to determine the best supplements for your WB 2 year old that is 16.2h and yearling (16 mos old) Friesian/WB mix gelding. For your WB 3 scoops (1 - 1/2 cups) is the amount suggested for a 1,000 to 1,200 lb. horse. You can eliminate the vit/min supplement when feeding Omega GRANDE! For your yearling the same recommended amount applies. Omega GRANDE is recommened for working horses on grass hay. Although he should not be gaining extra weight with Omega GRANDE -- it may be a good idea to cut back by 1/2 lb. on the grain per day, if that happens.
Q. I’m interested in starting a new Omega 3/vitamin supplement and have been looking at your Mega Omega product. I am looking for a product that contains Omega’s 3, 6 and 9, all three. I’ve read somewhere that you need Omega 9 along with 3 and 6 for all the omegas to work properly.

A. You will be pleased with Mega Omega as a source of the full complement of Omegas: Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 – plus a super plant-based antioxidant and a rich vitamin/mineral blend!
Q. I have a question about Omega 3’s Anti-Inflammatory affect during running. I noticed you have Roy Pirrung as a spokesperson so maybe you can help answer my question. I am an ultra runner and am completely terrified of NSAID's during runs. Too many runners have been hospitalized with renal failure due to a combination of ibuprofen and dehydration.

A. I am following up with you concerning your excellent question. We had passed it onto our on-staff Omega-3 expert -- Dr. Doug Bibus, PhD. Please see his response directly below. Under his response I have also included Roy's response to your email.

"I drove 100 miles the other day but running! Hats off to Roy and the band of ultra marathoners. Amazing.

Flax is a very meaningful nutrient to add to a training/competing regimen. There are two primary triggers for inflammation in this scenario, increased oxidative stress and metabolism of arachidonic acid (an omega 6 EFA) to eicosanoids that promote/cause inflammation. Flax contains very high levels of natural antioxidants (much higher than blueberries!) and consuming flax on a regular basis increases your antioxidant background level in your body. We have shown in sled dogs competing in 1100 mile races that prolonged exercise results in significant oxidative stress. Again remember that about 3% of the oxygen we use to form ATP/energy is converted into oxygen free radicals which are normally "deactivated" by superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase or antioxidant nutrients. During extreme and prolonged exercise our bodies ability to cope with this tide of oxidative materials is over run and this leads to stimulation of inflammation through the activation of lipase and cyclooxygenase enzymes that metabolize primarily arachidonic acid into hormone like compounds which cause swelling, pain and vasodilation. These compounds are referred to as eicosanoids or prostaglandins.

Eicosanoids derived from arachidonic acid are classified as Type 2 eicosanoids which have a very portent inflammatory response. Consuming diets rich in omega 3 from things like flax and fish help increase tissue levels of omega 3 which have a marked anti-inflammatory response. Friend and colleague, Dr. Bill Lands reported in the late 70s that EPA and DHA (two types of omega3 ) could significantly inhibit the metabolism of arachidonic acid by cyclooxygenase by a process called competitive inhibition. So when we increase omega 3 levels in tissues, we not only replace arachidonic acid we change the kind of substrate that enzymes (COX) use to generate inflammation. The net sum of increased levels of omega 3 fats in the membrane in a net reduction in the potential for inflammation.

The solution to reducing inflammation is consumption of a diet high in omega 3 and antioxidants to combat the two principle tenants of inflammation. Interestingly, Dr Lands demonstrated that EPA and DHA had enzyme kinetics (Km's) similar to that of Ibuprofen which kills COX2 by chemically changing it. Pretty cool to think that a nutrient can have drug like effects.

It is important to note that nutritional alone will not totally abrogate or get rid of the inflammation you experience. You are asking your body to perform outside of its normal parameters! Even dinosaurs would stop chasing human prey after a few miles :) It will tend to reduce it as you are chemically changing the foundations of its existence. Many studies have reported drug sparing effects in inflammatory models/diseases with added omega 3.

For your customer with the question, I would get him on a tablespoon or two a day of Mega Omega -- your flax mix with the added nutrients, gamma tocopherol (a super antioxidant form of Vit E) and 5-10g of fish oil per day. We would be happy to run his omega 3 levels pre and post for free at www.Omega3Test.com! Best regards, Doug"

Roy's response:

"When I first started using Mega Omega I said I would never use it during a race. But I ate my words and the supplement too. I used it during the 1989 Sparatholon at about 4 hour intervals and just before the 250K (155-mile) run from Athens to Sparta, Greece.

I had been using the product for about 10 months, consuming 2 tablespoons a day. During that time I had 6 weeks of peak training whereby I ran the most miles, in preparation for the 36-hour time limited event. I ran 20 miles, 30 miles, 40 miles each day for 6 straight weeks, without any rest days. This validated my belief in its anti-inflammatory benefits.

After 16 hours of running and having consumed 10 tablespoons of the flax mix I was not able to get it to go down any longer. Paul Stitt, the developer of the product said I had reached a saturation point.

In subsequent years, I ran the event 3 more times, I never matched my time of 27 hours and 8 minutes, and I did not use the mix in those three later attempts. I was told by Paul that my levels of omega-3 probably were high enough because of the continued use of the product, but when I go back again, I think I will use it during the event, but perhaps space out the dosages.

I have used it in some of my longer events in the past, but feel my diet has come a long way since those initial use of Mega Omega. Currently, I use it in the morning on cereal and again in the evening with apple juice, both times using 2 tablespoons.

I hope this helps and I wish you luck with your future ultra attempts. I just returned from Greece where I ran my 100th lifetime marathon, 2 weeks after running my 150th ultra, which came in the 7th week following 6 marathons in 6 weeks.

I got home yesterday evening from Athens, got 5 hours of sleep, and am now in Key Biscayne where I will give a talk in a school tomorrow and for a race this weekend.

I do not believe I could recover as rapidly as I do, without the use of Mega Omega. See you in a few miles....roy"
Q. I'd like to use your Mega Omega product in making cooke dough. If I use it in baking, does this destroy any of the vitamins or the Omega 3?

A. 1.)Omega-3 is not destroyed in the baking process:

Omega Fields' customers can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified, Full-Fat Flaxseed we grind for use in our formulas -- as it is protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value. It is the whole seed ground, so it contains 100% of the Omega 3 oils naturally present in the flaxseed:

*** Proprietary stabilization technology (developed by our company and patented 25 years ago, this year!) provides a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet. Note: The process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals, and the ground flax is kosher certified -- stabilization consists of how we handle and process the seed.

*** Proprietary stabilization technology includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. B-6 and Zinc not only enhance the stabilization of the essential fatty acids, but also fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the body when flax seed is being metabolized. Since flaxseed naturally contains B-6 and Zinc antagonists , it is necessary to fortify ground flaxseed with Vitamin B-6 and Zinc to assure proper nutrient absorption.

*** Omega Fields' food-grade facility manufactures to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5‐log Kill Step and proprietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. All Omega Fields flaxseed-based supplements are certified to SQF 2000 Level 3 standards, are guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and are guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute) is a world-class, third-party auditing inspection program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in food safety and quality criteria.

The comprehensive SQF inspection includes annual audits of a facility's food safety and quality programs, HACCP program, management systems, pest control programs, operational methods, personnel practices, buildings and equipment maintenance, and cleaning practices. This demanding audit procedure requires complete and continuous adherence to all standards to remain certified.

In addition to SQF 2000 Certification standards, we subscribe to the In-Plant Food Safety and Hygiene Audit Training Program of the Department of Food Safety/Hygiene.

*** Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern climate producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season -- the flaxseed from northern climates contains a higher percentage of Omega-3.

*** High quality standards mean that we reject more seed than we accept. Who do you think accepts the inferior seed we reject?

2.) Baking may lead to the destruction of some nutrients: During the simple baking process, content of vitamins in Mega Omega may be decreasing.
Q. I am a registered dietitian and had a client tell me that she was told not to eat much of flax seed because it has high amounts of sugar. I advised her otherwise but wanted to get your thoughts.

A. Concerning the sugar content of flaxseed, an outstanding “Super Food”, we are pleased to share the very low 4.4% Non Structural Carbohydrate lab results (which is 0.6% Starch and 3.8% Sugar) for ground flaxseed.

Not only is ground flaxseed very low in sugar, but it is the highest plant-food source of crucially needed Omega-3 essential fatty acids – also rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, lignans -- and it has the best soluble fiber as well as insoluble fiber!

Additionally, for your information, please see below a reference to flax and diabetes from the book -- Flax Your Way To Better Health, pps. 44-46 .This little book was very well researched and written by Jan Reinhardt-Martin, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, who is very committed to researching the great potential of flax for the diet.

“FLAX YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH – pages 44-46”

“Flax Fights Diabetes: It has been discovered that the omega-3 fat and high fiber content in flax may play a role in the fight against diabetes. How? These substances help to control the level of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in your body. Here’s the lowdown on how this works.

Blood sugar regulation: Diabetes comes in two forms: Type I of childhood diabetes; and Type II, otherwise known as adult-onset diabetes. In both forms of the disease, the treatment goal is to bring high levels of blood sugar under control. Flax may help in reaching this treatment goal. In a 1993 study conducted by researcher of the University of Toronto, test subjects – healthy, non-diabetic people – were given one of two types of bread at breakfast. The first group got bread made with a total of about five tablespoons of ground flaxseed, while the second group got bread made with white wheat flour. The findings clearly showed that flax had an immediate impact on blood sugar levels: when tested an hour after breakfast, the blood sugar levels of subjects getting flaxseed-based bread fell 28 percent compared with their counterparts.

Two years later, the same researchers replicated their results in a somewhat longer (four weeks) trial. This time, test subjects ate either flaxseed muffins or muffins made of regular wheat-flour at breakfast. Once again, blood sugar levels in the flaxseed group were lower after breakfast.

While the researchers have clearly demonstrated that flax had a significant effect on blood sugar levels, they are still not sure just what is causing this benefit. They are beginning to suspect, however, that the water-soluble fibers in flax may play a key role. One of these fiber types, called mucilage, is contained in the outer part of the seed. When scientists take concentrated mucilage and add it to sugar water, they have found that the percentage of the sugar in the water decreases by about 27 percent! What’s happening? The high viscosity of the mucilage appears to entrap the sugar, keeping it from spreading freely throughout the water. In your body, this same effect slows the absorption of sugar, slowing its passage into the blood.

While flax certainly seems to help manage blood sugar levels for diabetics, not all forms of flax currently on the market are likely to provide the same benefit. Flax oil, for example, lacks the fibers of the flaxseed, and it appears to have no effect on blood sugar levels. So far there’s not a product that isolates the fiber from the flax, and I somehow doubt that murky mucilage or drinks based on soluble flax fiber will appeal to the designer-beverage crowd. The most palatable way to go is simply to add – you guessed it – flaxseed to your diet.

Fighting blood fats: In addition to high blood sugar, diabetics tend to have higher than normal levels of blood fats or lipids: cholesterol and triglycerides. Compounding the problem, these substances also raise the risk of heart disease, so there’s twice the reason to try to get them under control. And here, too, flax can help.

As you’ve already learned, ground flaxseed appears to have phenomenal powers to lower cholesterol and triglyceride-levels. That would appear to make flaxseed just what the doctor ordered for diabetics. On the other hand, flaxseed oil, once again, seems to be far less useful than ground flaxseed. In two University of Alberta, Canada, studies published in 1996 and 1997, diabetics supplemented their diets with either a flaxseed oil or fish oil supplement for three months. Neither of the supplements had any effect on cholesterol levels, and only the fish oil lowered triglycerides. This suggests that you’re best advised to use the more complete flaxse3ed variant rather than relying on the limited nutrients found in the oil.

Flax and insulin: Insulin is your body’s most important ally when it comes to regulating blood sugar. Insulin acts like an “usher,” escorting sugar from the blood into the body’s cells, where it can be used for energy. People with Type I diabetes, however, produce little or none of this helpful hormone. Sugar therefore builds up in the blood, and the cells don’t get the fuel they need.

In Type II diabetes, the body produces insulin, but some cells simply refuse to interact with it. When the hormone tries to transport sugar from the blood to the cells where it belongs, the cells refuse to recognize it and won’t let the sugar pass through their walls. In this case, once again, the blood sugar doesn’t get into the cells and remains in the bloodstream.

Research on animals suggest that flax is helpful in this second scenario. A South Dakota State University study, presented at the 55th Conference of the Flax Institute of the United States in 1994, found that the addition of flaxseed to a rat’s diet appears to re-sensitize “insulin resistant” receptors in the animal’s calls. This is great news for diabetics, because the more insulin receptors you have available, the better control you have over your blood sugar levels. Still, this research is only preliminary. More studies need to be done to confirm such important findings.”


Flax is one of those little gems that has been gaining in popularity. Here are just a few more of the many ways that flax can help maintain your overall health.

• Flax is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which are shown to help maintain cellular fluidity. By incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, you help support your immune system and give your body tools to maintain functional integrity.

• Flax seed has one of the highest fiber contents which helps maintain cholesterol levels, blood sugar stability and bowel regularity.

• Flax seed is high in phytochemicals which build the immune system and promote cellular integrity.

• Flax seed is high in lignans which help maintain female hormones, fertility integrity, pre-menopausal comfort, and breast integrity, as well as blood sugar levels.

• Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins as well as manganese and magnesium. There is scientific evidence that B vitamins support metabolism, maintain glowing skin and muscle tone, support immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth, and maintain pancreatic integrity.

Safe and convenient stabilized ground flax seed can be found in the premium supplement - Simply Omega-3
Q. Does flaxseed help with weight loss?

A. One of our customers was turned on to flax by word-of-mouth from a friend who lost over 100 pounds and claimed the only dietary/lifestyle change was the addition of stabilized ground flax seed to the diet. Please note that this has not been the case with every person that consumes flax seed, but according to anecdotal evidence may be quite common. Flax seed is known to maintain blood sugar stability, so that you may feel full longer. Feeling full longer means that you may be able to make more active lifestyle choices in between meals, instead of making the choice to eat too many calorie-dense and nutritionally-lacking snacks.

For well over 35 years, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. has offered a very effective and successful Weight Management Program. Arthur Frank, MD, MS, has been Medical Director of The Weight Management Program since he created it in 1976. The Program includes the addition of stabilized ground flax seed as a nutritional mechanism to deliver fiber and essential fatty acids – in conjunction with a low calorie diet. Since October of 1999, the Weight Management Program has chosen to provide stabilized ground fortified flax, from ENRECO INC, for their participants. For more information on George Washington University’s Weight Management Program, call 202-223-3077.

The same stabilized ground flaxseed utilized by George Washington University’s Weight Management Program can be found in Simply Omega-3!

Omega Fields' customers can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified, Full-Fat Flaxseed we grind for use in our formulas -- as it is protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value. It is the whole seed ground, so it contains 100% of the Omega 3 oils naturally present in the flaxseed:

*** Proprietary stabilization technology (developed by our company and patented 25 years ago, this year!) provides a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet. Note: The process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals, and the ground flax is kosher certified -- stabilization consists of how we handle and process the seed.

*** Proprietary stabilization technology includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. B-6 and Zinc not only enhance the stabilization of the essential fatty acids, but also fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the body when flax seed is being metabolized. Since flaxseed naturally contains B-6 and Zinc antagonists , it is necessary to fortify ground flaxseed with Vitamin B-6 and Zinc to assure proper nutrient absorption.

*** Omega Fields' food-grade facility manufactures to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5‐log Kill Step and proprietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. All Omega Fields flaxseed-based supplements are certified to SQF 2000 Level 3 standards, are guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and are guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute) is a world-class, third-party auditing inspection program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in food safety and quality criteria.

The comprehensive SQF inspection includes annual audits of a facility's food safety and quality programs, HACCP program, management systems, pest control programs, operational methods, personnel practices, buildings and equipment maintenance, and cleaning practices. This demanding audit procedure requires complete and continuous adherence to all standards to remain certified.

In addition to SQF 2000 Certification standards, we subscribe to the In-Plant Food Safety and Hygiene Audit Training Program of the Department of Food Safety/Hygiene.

*** Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern climate producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season -- the flaxseed from northern climates contains a higher percentage of Omega-3.

*** High quality standards mean that we reject more seed than we accept. Who do you think accepts the inferior seed we reject?
Q. I have a bread recipe that calls for 1 cup of flax seed. I use your Simply Omega-3 and was wondering how much less do I use because it is ground? Can you give me any advice on the measurements?

A. According to our on-staff flaxseed expert, Dan Best, you can use 1/3 less ground flaxseed in recipes calling for whole flaxseeds - because of the fact that it is ground. Wishing you happy baking with Simply Omega-3!
Q. Do Omega-3 supplements made from stabilized, ground flax - like Simply Omega-3 & Mega Omega - Provide the same benefits as Omega-3 supplements made from fish oil?

A. First let's take a look at (1) flax seed supplements and then (2) fish oil supplements:

(1) Flax Seed Supplements:

Flax seed and the oil it contains are considered a whole food. Flax seeds are a rich source of the essential Omega3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid -- ALA -- (named essential because they must come from outside the body-in the diet). Once consumed, it can be transformed by enzymes in the body to the ultra polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid -- EPA -- and Docosahexaenoic acid -- DHA -- commonly found in fish. ALA, EPA, and DHA form vital structural parts of every one of the billions of cells in the body, especially brain, eye and all organ cells.

Flaxseeds are not only high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, they are also high in plant lignans -- particularly SDG -- that are believed to play a role in fighting a broad range of cancer types. The plant lignans present in ground flax (43 mg per tablespoon) are fiber-like phytochemicals that are transformed into “animal” lignan in the colon by bacteria. Lignans are naturally found in foods high in dietary fiber, and are structurally similar to estrogens (phyto estrogens). Like natural estrogens, they can bind to estrogen receptors, but without causing abnormal changes. Plant lignans have been shown to help inhibit abnormal cell growth and help the immune system do its job. Flaxseed is the most abundant source of plant lignans. Stabilized ground flaxseed is one of the safest ways to get cancer-fighting Omega-3 and lignans into the body.

Flax seed is a good source of fiber that helps stabilize blood sugar so that you feel full longer and you have the energy to live an active lifestyle in between meals instead of snacking. It also keeps everything flowing consistently through the digestive process -- helping to relieve constipation and aiding in the prevention of colon cancer.

Because of it's high oil content, ground flax seed starts oxidizing as soon as the hard outer shell is broken by grinding. Since flax seeds need to be ground to impart the bioavailability of all its nutrients -- you need to make sure to use stabilized ground flax from a reputable source. This safe and convenient stabilized ground flax seed is found in two products from Omega Fields -- Simply Omega-3™ and Mega Omega®.

(2) Fish Oil Supplements:

Pure encapsulated fish oil supplements (you must make sure they are of highest purity) specifically contain the Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- EPA and DHA. They do not, however, contain ALA, lignans, or fiber. But not all fish oil supplements are equal in value or effectiveness. Many, manufactured from the liver of fish, contain dangerous levels of toxins and pollutants. Others contain unnecessary, sometimes harmful fillers. What this means is that careful scrutiny and selection of high grade concentrated fish oil is absolutely necessary. In high grade concentrated fish oil, most or all of the impurities have been removed and this oil can be concentrated to contain much higher levels of Omega-3s. The most effective and simple strategy is to find an Omega 3 product that has gone through rigorous distillation and testing processes to ensure its purity.
Ultra-Pure Omega-3 Fish Oil and Krill Berry, which we sell on our website, are two such recommended products.

Bottom-line:
Both sources of Omega-3 (stabilized ground flax seed (plant based) and fish oil supplements (animal based)) -- are excellent supplements for anyone looking to supplement Omega-3 in their diet.

Q. I see your rice bran does not contain added calcium, so how much beet pulp could I feed per pound of rice bran to balance the cal/phos ratio?

A. While it seems to be a basic question you are asking, there are many layers to be considered. It is not just about balancing rice bran and beet pulp - it is about balancing the horses COMPLETE feed intake to ensure proper nutrition. We recommend that it may be wise for you to take your horse's whole diet into consideration to ensure proper balanced feed intake; i.e. the sort of forage/hay you are feeding - is it grass or alfalfa (which is high in calcium) - or are you feeding a concentrate or grain. You would take the calcium and phosphorus content foudn on the feed tag of the bag and do basic feed math to ensure proper balanced feed intake.
Q: Why is the balance of essential fats in flax so natural for horses?

A: Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend that horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of a mixture of fresh grasses is extremely low in fat, with the naturally occurring fat predominantly Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid levels in fresh grasses are at 4:1 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Ground flax seed has Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels that are the closest to fresh grasses. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels in flax seed run at least 4:1, often even higher. Omega Horseshine® contains 35% crude fat and has a 39% Carbohydrate level with a NSC level of 4.4% (Starch .6% and Sugar 3.8%). It is one of the most natural and healthy ways to supplement Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fats in animals. The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine is 1/2 to 1 cup per day to ensure sufficient Omega-3 in the diet. Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is all Omega-6 essential fat with no Omega-3's at all.

Detailed Description of Omega Horseshine®

Omega Horseshine® contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a very small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals.When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax --Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) -- can be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutrition is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure that the proper nutrition is present for maximum Omega-3 conversion. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. This translates into increased visible health benefits for your horses -- than they would experience when supplementing with just the ground flax seed. As with anything new you add to your horse's diet, always start out slowly -- 1 tbsp the first day and so on till you reach the 1/2 cup for the first week. Then you can go right up to 1 - 2 - 3 - or 4 cups per day -- depending on the condition of your horse and the amount of Omega-6 in the diet.

Detailed Description of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran:

Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is a convenient, stabilized source of high energy and Vitamin E supplement for the diets of your show and performance horses, as well as your young growing horses. The dietary fat in Omega Stabilized Rice Bran functions as a calorie-rich supplement that helps horses meet their energy requirements. It also serves as an additional energy source that does not require feeding more grain in the diet. The additional calories provided by Omega Stabilized Rice Bran can increase the number of calories per pound of the diet. Therefore, it can replace the amount of grain that must be fed to maintain top condition – reducing the chance of colic associated with overfeeding grain. All natural (no chemical additives or preservatives). Your horse gets 2.25 times the energy per/unit weight compared to carbohydrates. Digestible Energy = 2,400 Kcal/lb.

The addition of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran during the winter or for hard-working horses can be be a positive thing -- as long as your horses are not overweight to begin with. It is a wonderful source of calories and super charged antioxidants -- much better than adding grains to the diet for extra calories! Rice bran is one of the safer fats. The thing with rice bran, as listed above, is that it is all Omega-6 essential fat with no Omega-3 -- that's why you would definitely want to give more Omega Horseshine if you're adding rice bran to the diet. It will help keep the ratio of essential fats within the recommended range of 1:1 (Omega-6 to Omega-3) -- which is what is recommended for animals and people by the majority of essential fatty acid nutritional experts.

We do know from the many experts on the Cushings/Insulin Resistance Yahoo Group (co-owned and co-monitored by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, VMD) that rice bran is not recommended for horses that are metabolically challenged such as IR or Cushings. Stabilized ground flax, however, is recommended for them. Flax actually helps with the digestion and helps animals keep weight on. If your horses are not metabolically challenged -- they could benefit from the addition of stabilized rice bran to the diet.

Recommended Usage (Approximately 3 cups = 1 pound):

• Feed 1 lb. per head/day with 2.5 lbs. per/day of hay for a maintenance diet for a 1,000 to 1,200 lb horse.

• Feed .5 lbs. per head/day with 2 lbs. per/day of hay for foals under 1 year.

• Feed 1.5 lbs. per head/day with 3.5 lbs. per/day of hay for lactating mares and breeding stallions.

• Feed 2 lbs. per head/day with 4/5 lbs. per/day of hay for performance.

• Grain rations may be cut by 2/3 after a short time of feeding Omega Stabilized Rice Bran.

Bottom Line: Depending on the amount of rice bran you decide to feed, or not, you will need to adjust the amount of Omega Horseshine accordingly -- to keep the correct balance of essential fats at a recommended ratio of 1:1 in the diet. Therefore, if you are feeding 1 lb of rice bran per day for your horses, you would want to supplement with at least 2 to 3 cups of Omega Horseshine as well.
Q. Do Omega Fields products contain any GMO ingredients?

A. As part of our company’s standard operating procedure, we do not purchase any GMO flax seeds or ingredients -- our manufacturing plant is GMO free.

In addition:



Omega Fields' food-grade facility manufactures to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5‐log Kill Step and proprietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. All Omega Fields flaxseed-based supplements are certified to SQF 2000 Level 3 standards, are guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and are guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute) is a world-class, third-party auditing inspection program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in food safety and quality criteria.

The comprehensive SQF inspection includes annual audits of a facility's food safety and quality programs, HACCP program, management systems, pest control programs, operational methods, personnel practices, buildings and equipment maintenance, and cleaning practices. This demanding audit procedure requires complete and continuous adherence to all standards to remain certified.

In addition to SQF 2000 Certification standards, we subscribe to the In-Plant Food Safety and Hygiene Audit Training Program of the Department of Food Safety/Hygiene.

Omega Fields’ products do not contain artificial preservatives. We are extremely proud that all of our manufactured products are “Made in the U.S.A.”!
Q1. Do Omega Fields products meet the AAFCO standards?

A. All Omega Fields' stabilized ground flax products meet and exceed AAFCO standards. Our staff works very hard to assure accurate and true AAFCO compliance for all Omega Fields’ premium products. In addition:

* Our Gold Standard Quality Program begins with the selection of the highest quality flax seed to protect Omega-3 integrity and ensure palatability. Careful selection eliminates damaged seeds and minimizes microbial contamination.

* A natural, proprietary processing treatment further ensures that our stabilized ground flax seed provides an all-natural, non-GMO, 99.9% pure, stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet. This mild treatment provides long-term stability and palatability, boosts metabolizable energy, and inactivates growth inhibitors typically found in whole grains. Note: The process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals, and the ground flax is kosher certified -- stabilization consists of how we handle and process the seed. The finished stabilized ground flaxseed is a raw, whole food with full nutritional value.

*Omega Fields' food-grade facility manufactures to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5‐log Kill Step and proprietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. All Omega Fields flaxseed-based supplements are certified to SQF 2000 Level 3 standards, are guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and are guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute) is a world-class, third-party auditing inspection program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in food safety and quality criteria.

The comprehensive SQF inspection includes annual audits of a facility's food safety and quality programs, HACCP program, management systems, pest control programs, operational methods, personnel practices, buildings and equipment maintenance, and cleaning practices. This demanding audit procedure requires complete and continuous adherence to all standards to remain certified.

In addition to SQF 2000 Certification standards, we subscribe to the In-Plant Food Safety and Hygiene Audit Training Program of the Department of Food Safety/Hygiene.

* Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern climate producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season -- the flaxseed from northern climates contains a higher percentage of Omega-3.
Q2. Do Omega Fields products meet the AAFCO standards?

A. All Omega Fields' stabilized ground flax products meet and exceed AAFCO standards. Our staff works very hard to assure accurate and true AAFCO compliance for all Omega Fields’ premium products. In addition:

* Our Gold Standard Quality Program begins with the selection of the highest quality flax seed to protect Omega-3 integrity and ensure palatability. Careful selection eliminates damaged seeds and minimizes microbial contamination.

* A natural, proprietary processing treatment further ensures that our stabilized ground flax seed provides an all-natural, non-GMO, 99.9% pure, stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet. This mild treatment provides long-term stability and palatability, boosts metabolizable energy, and inactivates growth inhibitors typically found in whole grains. Note: The process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals, and the ground flax is kosher certified -- stabilization consists of how we handle and process the seed. The finished stabilized ground flaxseed is a raw, whole food with full nutritional value.

*Omega Fields' food-grade facility manufactures to Global Food Safety Initiative standards for human consumption, employing a third party-validated, 5‐log Kill Step and proprietary stabilization processes for long shelf life. All Omega Fields flaxseed-based supplements are certified to SQF 2000 Level 3 standards, are guaranteed pathogen-free with very low total microbial values, and are guaranteed shelf stable for a MINIMUM of one year under ambient storage conditions – no refrigeration or special packaging required!

SQFI (Safe Quality Food Institute) is a world-class, third-party auditing inspection program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in food safety and quality criteria.

The comprehensive SQF inspection includes annual audits of a facility's food safety and quality programs, HACCP program, management systems, pest control programs, operational methods, personnel practices, buildings and equipment maintenance, and cleaning practices. This demanding audit procedure requires complete and continuous adherence to all standards to remain certified.

In addition to SQF 2000 Certification standards, we subscribe to the In-Plant Food Safety and Hygiene Audit Training Program of the Department of Food Safety/Hygiene.

* Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern climate producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season -- the flaxseed from northern climates contains a higher percentage of Omega-3.
Q. How long will it take to see a difference after I begin feeding Omega Fields products to my dog?

A. Let's take a very basic look at why Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets (as super rich sources of Omega-3) have such a positive effect on the overall health of your dog's body. The outer coating, or membrane, of every one of the billions of cells in the dog's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the main structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats utilized by the body. Therefore, when the cell's membrane is healthy it can let in all the good nutrition for the cell, as well as eliminate all the toxins which will be carried out of the cell and removed by the bowels. It is really quite simple --Healthy cells = Healthy body!

Since the coat/skin is by far the largest organ on the animal -- it will be the first to show the healthy effects with a beautiful shiny, full, richly colored coat and healthy skin. You can usually expect to see results within four weeks. It sometimes happens sooner -- but since every dog has a different metabolism - we usually are comfortable suggesting a minimum of one month. Omega-3 is effective as a powerful anti-inflammatory, so if you have dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia, you should notice them have more free range of movement within a one month period.
Q. How long will it take to see a difference after I begin feeding Omega Fields products to my dog?

A. Let's take a very basic look at why Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets (as super rich sources of Omega-3) have such a positive effect on the overall health of your dog's body. The outer coating, or membrane, of every one of the billions of cells in the dog's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the main structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats utilized by the body. Therefore, when the cell's membrane is healthy it can let in all the good nutrition for the cell, as well as eliminate all the toxins which will be carried out of the cell and removed by the bowels. It is really quite simple --Healthy cells = Healthy body!

Since the coat/skin is by far the largest organ on the animal -- it will be the first to show the healthy effects with a beautiful shiny, full, richly colored coat and healthy skin. You can usually expect to see results within four weeks. It sometimes happens sooner -- but since every dog has a different metabolism - we usually are comfortable suggesting a minimum of one month. Omega-3 is effective as a powerful anti-inflammatory, so if you have dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia, you should notice them have more free range of movement within a one month period.
Q. Can I give Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets to my cat, or do you have a similar product for cats?

A. Currently we do not offer specific feline products -- but I will pass your suggestion on to our product development team!

That being said – please continue reading for our product recommendations for your cats: Omega Canine Shine supplement and Omega Nuggets treats have unique formulas that would actually provide optimal health benefits for your cat. Both formulas have a base of stabilized, ground flax that is enhanced with a percentage of fish oil, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets would be excellent choices to boost your cats' diet with both short-chain Omega-3 (LNA) from the flax, long-chain Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) from the fish oil, and high levels of four all-natural antioxidants.

Although we market Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets for dogs -- they really work quite beautifully on cats as well. The dosage for Omega Canine Shine supplement is 1/2 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of cat weight, so you would only need a very little bit of a sprinkle over your cat's food. The recommended amount of Omega Nuggets treats is 2 for every 10 lbs of cat weight. Both are very rich in plant and fish-oil based Omega-3's -- so your cat is getting the full complement of Omega-3's 6’s and 9’s. Plus the extra plant and vitamin based antioxidants really support optimal health.

Omega Canine Shine can turn your regular catfood into a premium catfood, and Omega Nuggets may become your cat’s favorite treat!
Q. Can I give Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets to my cat, or do you have a similar product for cats?

A. Currently we do not offer specific feline products -- but I will pass your suggestion on to our product development team!

That being said – please continue reading for our product recommendations for your cats: Omega Canine Shine supplement and Omega Nuggets treats have unique formulas that would actually provide optimal health benefits for your cat. Both formulas have a base of stabilized, ground flax that is enhanced with a percentage of fish oil, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets would be excellent choices to boost your cats' diet with both short-chain Omega-3 (LNA) from the flax, long-chain Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) from the fish oil, and high levels of four all-natural antioxidants.

Although we market Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets for dogs -- they really work quite beautifully on cats as well. The dosage for Omega Canine Shine supplement is 1/2 teaspoon for every 10 lbs of cat weight, so you would only need a very little bit of a sprinkle over your cat's food. The recommended amount of Omega Nuggets treats is 2 for every 10 lbs of cat weight. Both are very rich in plant and fish-oil based Omega-3's -- so your cat is getting the full complement of Omega-3's 6’s and 9’s. Plus the extra plant and vitamin based antioxidants really support optimal health.

Omega Canine Shine can turn your regular catfood into a premium catfood, and Omega Nuggets may become your cat’s favorite treat!
Q. What's the difference between Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets? How much should I give to my dog every day? Do I need to give them both?

A. While each product's formulas do differ a bit -- each one is enriched with Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help maintain the health and performance of your dog.

Omega Canine Shine Supplement:
Omega Canine Shine's base of stabilized, ground flaxseed is enhanced with a high percentage of fish oil, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is the best supplement choice to boost a dog's diet with both short-chain Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 from the flax and grains, long-chain Omega-3 from the fish oil, high levels of four all-natural antioxidants, and a strong blend of 17 vitamins and minerals (especially rich in magnesium). Omega Canine Shine is easily top dressed over your dog's food. Because of its high oil content, it sticks quite readily to the dog food bits.

Each one-teaspoon serving of Omega Canine Shine (fed at the rate of 1 tsp for every 20 lb dog weight) contains the following Omegas:
726 mg - Omega-3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid - ALA)
150 mg - Omega-3 (Docosahexaenoic Acid - DHA)
30 mg - Omega-3 (Eicosapentaenoic Acid - EPA)
221 mg - Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid - LA)
214 mg - Omega-9 (Fatty Acid)

The correct ratio of essential fatty acids, synergistic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in Omega Canine Shine will promote visibly healthier skin and coat. Improved learning and memory capabilities make training easier. Greater agility, keen eyesight, and approachability will boost performance. Additionally, Omega Canine Shine may reduce stress, increase longevity, and boost the immune system -- helping to create healthy, happy, hardy dogs.

Omega Nuggets Treat/Supplement:
Omega Nuggets are a tasty and nutritious Omega-3 treat/supplement for dogs in all life stages. Omega Nuggets base of stabilized, ground flaxseed is enhanced with a percentage of fish oil, plant-based antioxidants, and cranberry fiber for urinary tract health. They are the best treat choice to boost a dog's diet with both short-chain Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 from the flax and grains, long chain Omega-3 from fish oil, high levels of five all-natural antioxidants, and cranberry fiber.

Omega Nuggets are convenient and fun to give your dog -- and dogs love them! Feed as desired while training, working, or playing with your dog - or as an anytime treat. Feed the RECOMMENDED AMOUNT of 2 treats for every 10 pounds of dog weight when using as an Omega-3/Antioxidant supplement. Omega Nuggets Omega-3-rich dog treats are also a fun and effective way to supplement your dog with Omega-3.

Each serving of two Omega Nuggets treats (fed at the supplement rate of two treats for every 10 lb dog weight) contains the following Omegas:
528 mg - Total Omega-3 - (including Alpha Linolenic Acid - ALA, Docosahexaenoic Acid - DHA, and Eicosapentaenoic Acid - EPA)
198 mg - Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid - LA)
198 mg - Omega-9 (Fatty Acid)

The correct ratio of essential fatty acids and synergistic antioxidants in Omega Nuggets will promote visibly healthier skin and coat. Improved learning and memory capabilities make training easier. Greater agility, keen eyesight, and approachability will boost performance. Additionally, Omega Nuggets may reduce stress, increase longevity, boost the immune system, and aid urinary tract health -- helping to create healthy, happy, hardy dogs.

BOTTOM LINE: Omega Canine Shine is a much more concentrated supplement while Omega Nuggets are a most convenient and enjoyable way our customers have found to “treat” their dogs with the benefits of Omega-3 / fiber. Both products assure that dogs are getting the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health -- from the Omega-3 naturally found in flax seed, and Omega-3 naturally found in fish oil.
Q. What's the difference between Omega Canine Shine and Omega Nuggets? How much should I give to my dog every day? Do I need to give them both?

A. While each product's formulas do differ a bit -- each one is enriched with Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants to help maintain the health and performance of your dog.

Omega Canine Shine Supplement:
Omega Canine Shine's base of stabilized, ground flaxseed is enhanced with a high percentage of fish oil, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is the best supplement choice to boost a dog's diet with both short-chain Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 from the flax and grains, long-chain Omega-3 from the fish oil, high levels of four all-natural antioxidants, and a strong blend of 17 vitamins and minerals (especially rich in magnesium). Omega Canine Shine is easily top dressed over your dog's food. Because of its high oil content, it sticks quite readily to the dog food bits.

Each one-teaspoon serving of Omega Canine Shine (fed at the rate of 1 tsp for every 20 lb dog weight) contains the following Omegas:
726 mg - Omega-3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid - ALA)
150 mg - Omega-3 (Docosahexaenoic Acid - DHA)
30 mg - Omega-3 (Eicosapentaenoic Acid - EPA)
221 mg - Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid - LA)
214 mg - Omega-9 (Fatty Acid)

The correct ratio of essential fatty acids, synergistic antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in Omega Canine Shine will promote visibly healthier skin and coat. Improved learning and memory capabilities make training easier. Greater agility, keen eyesight, and approachability will boost performance. Additionally, Omega Canine Shine may reduce stress, increase longevity, and boost the immune system -- helping to create healthy, happy, hardy dogs.

Omega Nuggets Treat/Supplement:
Omega Nuggets are a tasty and nutritious Omega-3 treat/supplement for dogs in all life stages. Omega Nuggets base of stabilized, ground flaxseed is enhanced with a percentage of fish oil, plant-based antioxidants, and cranberry fiber for urinary tract health. They are the best treat choice to boost a dog's diet with both short-chain Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 from the flax and grains, long chain Omega-3 from fish oil, high levels of five all-natural antioxidants, and cranberry fiber.

Omega Nuggets are convenient and fun to give your dog -- and dogs love them! Feed as desired while training, working, or playing with your dog - or as an anytime treat. Feed the RECOMMENDED AMOUNT of 2 treats for every 10 pounds of dog weight when using as an Omega-3/Antioxidant supplement. Omega Nuggets Omega-3-rich dog treats are also a fun and effective way to supplement your dog with Omega-3.

Each serving of two Omega Nuggets treats (fed at the supplement rate of two treats for every 10 lb dog weight) contains the following Omegas:
528 mg - Total Omega-3 - (including Alpha Linolenic Acid - ALA, Docosahexaenoic Acid - DHA, and Eicosapentaenoic Acid - EPA)
198 mg - Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid - LA)
198 mg - Omega-9 (Fatty Acid)

The correct ratio of essential fatty acids and synergistic antioxidants in Omega Nuggets will promote visibly healthier skin and coat. Improved learning and memory capabilities make training easier. Greater agility, keen eyesight, and approachability will boost performance. Additionally, Omega Nuggets may reduce stress, increase longevity, boost the immune system, and aid urinary tract health -- helping to create healthy, happy, hardy dogs.

BOTTOM LINE: Omega Canine Shine is a much more concentrated supplement while Omega Nuggets are a most convenient and enjoyable way our customers have found to “treat” their dogs with the benefits of Omega-3 / fiber. Both products assure that dogs are getting the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health -- from the Omega-3 naturally found in flax seed, and Omega-3 naturally found in fish oil.
Q. I am currently giving my dog a broad vitamin supplement. Would I need to continue with that, if I'm supplementing with Omega Canine Shine?

A. Our bottom line recommendation is that you would not need to continue supplementing the other broad vitamin supplement you are currently giving your dog, when you are supplementing with Omega Canine Shine
Q. How many calories are in Omega Canine Shine? Is there a danger of my dog gaining excess weight with it?

A.Please see calorie listing below along with an explanation of how Omega Canine Shine will not be a source of excess weight gain for dogs.

1 teaspoon serving = 10.175 calories - Recommended for dogs up to 20 lbs.

2 teaspoon serving = 20.35 calories - Recommended for dogs 21 lbs. to 50 lbs.

3 teaspoon serving = 30.525 calories - Recommended for dogs 51 lbs. to 90 lbs.

4 teaspoon serving = 40.7 calories - Recommended for dogs over 90 lbs.

5 teaspoon serving = 50.875 calories - Recommended for dogs over 90 lbs.

Omega Canine Shine is the ideal "good fat" supplement because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids your dog's diet may be missing. Essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body -- the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. In fact, because the Omega-3 essential fatty acids are utilized so efficiently by the body -- they do not normally add excess weight on the dog. Omega Canine Shine is a safe and convenient source of Omega-3 for your dog.
Q. I'm wondering if I use Omega Canine Shine do I still need to provide an additional fish oil supplement for the dogs as well?

A. Our bottom line recommendation is that you would not need to continue supplementing with an additional fish oil supplement you are currently giving your dogs, when you are supplementing with Omega Canine Shine. Supplementing your dogs with Omega Canine Shine assures you that they are getting the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health -- from the Omega-3 naturally found in flax seed, and Omega-3 naturally found in fish oil.
Our sheltie, Gossip, has lymphoma. Do you know of any reason to not use the Canine Shine with a dog going through chemotherapy?

A..We are sending sincere good wishes for healing/remission for your sheltie! There should be no contra-indications with supplementing with Omega Canine Shine while she is going through chemotherapy. Please see more in-depth information below.

Omega Canine Shine is very rich in the cancer-fighting Omega-3 essential fatty acids – ALA, EPA, and DHA – which have a powerful cancer-protective effect, with the potential capability of retarding tumor growth. The formula is based on stabilized ground flax seeds, enhanced with a high percentage of fish oil, both plant-based and vitamin-based antioxidants, and minerals. The correct ratio of essential fatty acids and synergistic antioxidants in Omega Canine Shine will boost your dog's immune system to better cope with the problems of cancer.

Flaxseeds are not only high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, they are also high in plant lignans -- particularly SDG -- that are believed to play a role in fighting a broad range of cancer types. The plant lignans present in ground flax (43 mg per tablespoon) are fiber-like phytochemicals that are transformed into “animal” lignan in the colon by bacteria. Lignans are naturally found in foods high in dietary fiber, and are structurally similar to estrogens. Like natural estrogens, they can bind to estrogen receptors, but without causing abnormal changes. Plant lignans have been shown to help inhibit abnormal cell growth and help the immune system do its job. Flaxseed is the most abundant source of plant lignans. Stabilized ground flaxseed is one of the safest ways to get cancer-fighting Omega-3 and lignans into the body.

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your canine nutritionist or veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your dog.
Q. What do I do with the Omega Canine shine "powder"? How do I feed it to my dog?

A. Omega Canine Shine is in a powder form that is very palatable and can very conveniently be sprinkled directly over your dog's natural food. In fact, in taste tests completed at Ontario Nutri Labs -- 4 out of 5 dogs actually preferred their food sprinkled with Omega Canine Shine over food without it!
Q. I would like to order Omega Canine Shine based on a recommendation from another lab owner who claims your product will help my dogs stop scratching. True or false?

A. Good for you that you take such an active role to make sure your two beautiful Labrador Retrievers, with itching/scratching issues, are getting the best care possible. I believe you've been directed to the right place to get blessed relief and comfort for your canine companions. Omega Canine Shine is very much recommended for dogs experiencing the intense allergic inflammatory reaction of itching.

The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the dog's body is unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function.

To understand how Omega Canine Shine (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a dog's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as skin conditions, allergic reactions, injury, surgery, or disease. When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.

Inflammation is a dog's natural response to skin conditions, allergic reactions, injury, surgery, or disease. Inflammation is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: redness, intense itching, swelling, heat and moderate to severe discomfort. When skin becomes inflamed, your dog may experience any or all of these symptoms. With skin inflammation, there will be extreme scratching and itching taking place that will cause the hair to be rubbed off and sore, broken skin -- as you have experienced with your dog.

Researchers have found that "inflammation" in dogs has similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.

Bottom-line: The powerful Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Canine Shine work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing cellular damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your dog experiencing freedom from scratching and itching.

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your canine nutritionist or veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your dogs.
Q. How does Omega Canine Shine eliminate hot spots?

A. Here is a brief history on hot spots -- I will try to make this a short answer. Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. They are generally circular patches that lose hair, can be swollen, may exude smelly pus, and can be painfully itchy, causing the dog to scratch, lick, or bite to the point of self-mutilation.

Underlying causes -- poor skin and coat health - matted, trapped hair or allergies. Our Omega Nuggets and Omega Canine Shine® flax products helps with both of these underlying causes:

* Flax works from the inside out, at the cellular level- each cell has a phospholipids layer /shell composed of Fatty Acids.

* Flax helps with skin and coat health -- shedding out less - stabilizes the integrity of the hair follicle. When dogs lack or are deficient in EFA's ( Omega-3, Omega-6--need correct ratio) side effects are poor skin and coat health and allergies. By supplementing with Omega-3 rich Flax - they will benefit with healthy hair coat - hence they will not have matted, trapped hair.

*Omega-3's are anti- inflammatory and anti-histamine -- they stop histamine reactions. Think of inflammation as bad guys - prostaglandin 2's ( there are good prostaglandin's as well- but I won't get into that right now) but think of the bad ones -- they cause histamine reactions and inflammation at the cellular level. People tend to default to cortisone ( steroid) to mask systems i.e.: Hot spots instead of supplementing with Omega-3 rich flax to work from the inside out.

* Hot spots are a symptom of EFA deficiency. Also note that if you have your dog on a rich high Omega-6 diet, the ratio is inverted and hence causes inflammation- causing allergies and negative reactions.

* Also Omega Fields' canine products are rich in natural tocopherals (antioxidants) helping the immune system. A dog is more prone to inflammation and allergies with a low immune system. Omega 3's promote healing, promote healthy skin and coat, and prevent re-occurrence of skin allergies and hot spots.
Q: Is 6 Shooter gluten free?

A. Yes, 6 Shooter is gluten free.
Q: What is the difference between Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE?


A: Thank you for your email and your question concerning the comparison of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. Good for you that you are always looking to provide the best for your horses! Please see descriptions of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. This way you can make your best informed decision.

1.) Description of Omega Horseshine®
Omega Horseshine® contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. Omega Horseshine is to be considered a powerful Omega-3 supplement (approx 28,000 mg Omega-3 per 1 cup serving!). It is not a vitamin, mineral, or biotin supplement by any means. The small amount of ingredients (other than stabilized flax) in the formula actually works to promote best absorption of nutrition when the flax is being metabolized. When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax --Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) -- can more effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutritional support is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure that the proper nutritional support is present. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. Omega Horseshine can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Yeast Culture (Diamond V Yeast), Ground Oats, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin and Thiamine. Note: The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine for a 1,000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-horseshiner.html

2.) Description of Omega Antioxidant
Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 plant-based and Vitamin-based Antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses -- it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine®.

Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flaxseed, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants found in ground grain sorghum -- Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols -- with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse's active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant (approximately 200 each 2/3 cup servings in a 50 lb. bag).

Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About one half of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant ground grain sorghum seed which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.

Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals' body, it makes sense to supplement your horse's diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort -- they may help in preventing debilitating disease.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Ground Grain Sorghum, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-antioxidant-46.html

3.) Description of Omega GRANDE®
Omega GRANDE® – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (approx 27,396 mg Omega-3 per 1-1/2 cup serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. Omega GRANDE does not contain any corn or wheat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. Omega GRANDE® is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Omega GRANDE does not contain any processed grain by-products or molasses.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Diamond V Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Note: The recommended amount of Omega GRANDE for your 1000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1-1/2 cups (3 scoops - scoop enclosed) per day. Biotin content = 5.0 mg.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-grander.html

Bottom Line Recommendation

Any of Omega Fields' three premium products would be an excellent choice for your horse! I always tell people -- Omega Horseshine is our most basic supplement, the next step up would be Omega Antioxidant, and if you're looking for a COMPLETE equine supplement that does it all, that would be Omega GRANDE! It really depends on what you are looking for for your horses!

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.

Q: What is the difference between Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE?


A: Thank you for your email and your question concerning the comparison of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. Good for you that you are always looking to provide the best for your horses! Please see descriptions of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. This way you can make your best informed decision.

1.) Description of Omega Horseshine®
Omega Horseshine® contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. Omega Horseshine is to be considered a powerful Omega-3 supplement (approx 28,000 mg Omega-3 per 1 cup serving!). It is not a vitamin, mineral, or biotin supplement by any means. The small amount of ingredients (other than stabilized flax) in the formula actually works to promote best absorption of nutrition when the flax is being metabolized. When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax --Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) -- can more effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutritional support is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure that the proper nutritional support is present. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. Omega Horseshine can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Yeast Culture (Diamond V Yeast), Ground Oats, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin and Thiamine. Note: The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine for a 1,000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-horseshiner.html

2.) Description of Omega Antioxidant
Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 plant-based and Vitamin-based Antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses -- it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine®.

Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flaxseed, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants found in ground grain sorghum -- Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols -- with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse's active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant (approximately 200 each 2/3 cup servings in a 50 lb. bag).

Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About one half of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant ground grain sorghum seed which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.

Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals' body, it makes sense to supplement your horse's diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort -- they may help in preventing debilitating disease.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Ground Grain Sorghum, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-antioxidant-46.html

3.) Description of Omega GRANDE®
Omega GRANDE® – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (approx 27,396 mg Omega-3 per 1-1/2 cup serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. Omega GRANDE does not contain any corn or wheat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. Omega GRANDE® is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Omega GRANDE does not contain any processed grain by-products or molasses.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Diamond V Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Note: The recommended amount of Omega GRANDE for your 1000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1-1/2 cups (3 scoops - scoop enclosed) per day. Biotin content = 5.0 mg.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-grander.html

Bottom Line Recommendation

Any of Omega Fields' three premium products would be an excellent choice for your horse! I always tell people -- Omega Horseshine is our most basic supplement, the next step up would be Omega Antioxidant, and if you're looking for a COMPLETE equine supplement that does it all, that would be Omega GRANDE! It really depends on what you are looking for for your horses!

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.

Q: How long will one 4.5 lb. bag of Omega Ultra Egg last?

A: One 4.5 lb. resealable pouch is approximately a one month supply for 10 chickens.
Q: How do I feed Omega Ultra Egg?

A: You feed Omega Ultra Egg by adding it daily to the top of your chicken feed. Each day when you collect your eggs simply add the recommended amount, per the number of chickens you are raising, around the edge of your feeder.
Q: l GREENS 8000™ make my hair or nails grow?

A: When you first drink our product, Delicious GREENS 8000™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink™, you will begin to notice better hair and nail growth. This is a rather pleasant side effect. This is partly due to the beneficial activity of the live enzymes, plant proteins, digestive support, and dense nutrients.
Q: ll GREENS 8000™ cause constipation or diarrhea?

A: Delicious GREENS 8000™ contains apple fiber, oat beta-glucans, alfalfa, barely grass, chlorophyll and other fruits and vegetables which are known for their special cleansing and detoxifying properties. We also include special enzymes and probiotics in our recipe which gently aid in supporting a healthy digestive system.
Q: I have been diagnosed with cancer. Will GREENS 8000™ help me?

A: Our product, Delicious GREENS 8000 ™, has been used by many cancer survivors. While it is not at the strength of those used to treat cancer, it is one of the most potent on the market.
Q: I need to lose/gain weight. How will GREENS 8000™ affect this?

A: Proper nutrition is the main component for weight stabilization and normalization. If you are trying to gain or lose weight for health reasons, it is important to provide your body with the proper nutrient balance and nutrition. Eating too few calories is detrimental both to losing and gaining weight. And calorie restriction can also hamper weight loss because it creates vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Q: I have food allergies/food sensitivities. Will I have any reactions from using these products?

A: We strive to ensure that our products, Delicious GREENS 8000™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™, contain none of the commonly known food allergies. In rare cases, some people have adverse reactions to some fruits and vegetables. If a person knows that they have allergies to certain foods, it would be a good idea to read the ingredients section or jar label and see if their allergen is listed on the label.
Q: I have nasal allergies. Will GREENS 8000™ help me?

A: Most nasal allergies present themselves in response to common allergens such as pollen, dust, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens. Certain foods, such as corn, corn by-products, refined flours, wheat, and yeast can aggravate or instigate allergy symptoms.
Q: Is GREENS 8000™ good for arthritis?

A: Diseases such as arthritis are generally caused by an acidic environment within the body. Eating raw fruits and vegetables has a pH-normalizing effect on the body, which may help alleviate symptoms and pain associated with arthritis. Additionally, the free radicals are a primary culprit of the onset of degenerative diseases.
Q: I take prescription medication. Should I drink the product at the same time?

A: As with all supplements, it is best to take this at a different time than your medications, especially if your medications specify that they need to be taken without food. You should probably wait about an hour before or after taking one to take the other. However, if you are taking other supplements, or your medication requires you to eat it with a meal, you may find that you can drink this with a light meal when you take your medications.
Q: I have diabetes. Should I drink GREENS 8000™?

A: If you have diabetes, adding a health supplement which is full of those good-for-you fruits and vegetables is likely to aid in helping you normalize your blood sugars. To fully utilize insulin our body makes, or injected insulin, our body needs several key nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, antioxidants found naturally occurring in the fruits and vegetables contained in our products have been shown to help prevent and repair the damage associated with elevated sugar levels.
Q: I take a blood thinner. Can I still take GREENS 8000™?

A: Since most green vegetables contain vitamin K, it is best to consult your health care professional before taking this product. Our products do contain real plant sources of many vital nutrients to your health. Vitamin K is naturally found occurring in the vegetable sources in our products. Vitamin K can negate the effects of Coumadin and other medications. If you have been advised not to eat anything with vitamin K in it, it would be wise not to do so.
Q: I have high blood pressure. Can I take GREENS 8000™?

A: Yes, you can. The fiber in the product comes from oats which have been researched and hailed as a blood-pressure-lowering fiber supplement. However, since our products do contain licorice root extract, which has elevated the blood pressure in some individuals, it is best to take this product only under the supervision of a health care professional. Take small amounts at first and monitor your blood pressure for any changes.
Q: I have high cholesterol. Will I benefit from GREENS 8000™?

A: You Should. You see, we have included green tea extract in our formula. Green tea contains an element called catechins. These tend to clump up with bad cholesterol, the kind that has been attacked by free radicals and oxidized, which forms clots and plaques on artery walls. The fraction of LDL cholesterol that forms these plagues fell over 18 percent in a double-blind study performed. Further, they do not react to good cholesterol or good fats in the body and do not interfere with vitamin or fat absorption. Green tea has been found to be more effective at lowering oxidized LDL cholesterol particles than beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, or vitamin E.
Q: How does the Delicious Kids Super Food Drink™ taste?

A: The Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ is made with all natural and mostly organic fruits and vegetables juices and extracts. The unique recipe Dr. March developed not only captured the rich nutrients of the Super Foods it contains but also the delicious flavor of these fruits. The taste is wonderful. The flavor is a sweet reminiscence of a combination of Hawaiian Punch and Fruit Juice without the added sugar, calories, artificial colors or flavors.
Q: Why give your child the Delicious Kids Super Food Drink™?

A: We specially formulated our Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ to be a delightful beverage for children, teenagers, and other fussy eaters. This product was specially formulated to provide all the super-healthy foods which contain essential vitamins and phytonutrients. The Super Foods contained in each scoop of our delicious supplement can help improve their mental focus, boost their immune system, and ensure proper nutrient intake. The all-natural and organic food extracts and juices contained in this product are easy to digest and are made to easily be absorbed through the addition of beneficial enzymes and probiotics, which will help aid digestion and absorption.
Q: Do you assure the products I purchase from your company contain no genetically modified organisms?

A: Yes, most definitely. We do not include genetically modified or genetically engineered ingredients in our products. We use only natural ingredients, from natural suppliers, and strive to include as many certified organic ingredients as there are available. When using non-certified ingredients, we strive to use ingredients from manufacturers who follow food safety standards as close to certified organic as possible.
Q: Are ALL ingredients in GREENS 8000™ organically grown?

A: If we can obtain an ingredient in a wild and/or organic form, we will use it. However, not all products can be 100% certified organic. The reason for this is that not all products are currently produced in 100% organic certified facilities. Products such as Spirulina and other ingredients are not currently available in organic form. If and when these ingredients are available on the certified organic market, we will be sure to include them.
Q: Can someone who is allerfic to soy products safely use GREENS 8000™?

A: Our products do not contain any soy beans. We do include a lecithin extract from soy. However, this is not from tofu or fermented soy products and does not contain the toxins found in the soy bean (legume), which most people with sensitivities find intolerable. Since the product does contain an extract from soy, it is wise to consult with your health care practitioner.
Q: Are the GREENS 8000™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink™ "gluten free"?

A. We do not guarantee that our products are 100% gluten free. Any product that contains barley, which is a member of the wheat family, cannot guarantee that its products are 100% free of gluten. However, we do not add gluten to our products and, typically, barley grass and sprouted barley malt do not contain any significant amounts of gluten.
Q: Is there caffeine in GREENS 8000™? How much?

A: We use a special type of fully organic decaffeinated green tea. The special process that makes our green tea decaffeinated also preserves the delicate antioxidants and phytonutrients of the green tea. The process is fully organic and does not use dangerous chemicals or processes that regular decaffeinated tea or coffee makers use. You can feel safe in giving our GREENS 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ to children and those who are avoiding caffeine for any reason. Even individuals who are allergic to caffeine should be safe taking the products. The easiest way to find out is to take a diluted dose and work up to a full dose.
Q: Is GREENS 8000™ safe for pets?

A: YES! Both our products; Delicious GREENS 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ can be given to dogs, cats, horses, birds, and fish. Many people find that their pets love the taste of the products and find the chlorophyll rich foods in the drinks to be irresistible. Do not give this product to ferrets or other strictly carnivorous or tropical pets without the direction to do so from your veterinarian. Dogs, cats, some tropical fish, and other omnivorous (eating both plant and animal matter in contrast to carnivorous, which means flesh-eating), and vegetarian animals love the nutrient rich foods in our drinks.
Q: Are your products safe for infants, babies, nursing mothers, and during pregnancy?

A: YES! As a mother I have specially formulated these products to be safe and even give them to my children. Many of my clients can testify to taking these products while pregnant or nursing. Simply start with about a teaspoon and work your tolerance up.
Q: Is GREENS 8000™ safe for kids?

A: Our products are safe for children of any age. When my first son was younger, I put the Delicious GREENS 8000 ™ right into his bottle or “Sippy” cup. As he got older and the greens became less appealing to him, I decided to develop a product kids of any age would love. Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ was born. It is so delicious that kids and even picky eaters will think they are getting a special treat.
Q: Are these products safe for vegetarians and vegans?

A: YES! Our products are 100% vegan. Both the Delicious GREENS 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ are 100% plant based. We have never included animal-based materials in our products and never will. Other greens producers may include bee products, albumins, animal serums, animal-based probiotics, or other animal-extracted products. Vegans and vegetarians alike can rejoice. NOW they have a greens product which not only tastes fabulously wonderful, it is safe to consume in their daily diet.
Q: Do these products contain bee products such as bee pollen, propolis, wax, royal jelly, or honey?

A: Our products do not contain any bee products. Many people are sensitive or allergic to plant pollens or bees. Since honey, propolis, and royal jelly all contain the body parts of bees it may also contain bee venom. Many people are also allergic to pollen or may be severely allergic to certain plants the bees may have collected nectar from. By simply not including bee products in our products we eliminate the dangers associated with bee products. For this reason, those with allergies to bees or certain plants and their pollens, and even infants, may consume our products. We never include bee pollen, wax, propolis, royal jelly, or honey in our products.
Q: Do these products contain fiber, and why is fiber important?

A: Both products: Delicious GREENS 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ contain 2 grams of fiber per serving. The fiber comes from Oat Beta-Glucans and Apple Fiber Pectin. Oat Beta-Glucans is the active ingredient in oat soluble fiber and is recognized by the United States FDA to effectively reduce cholesterol in the blood. Apple Pectin is essential in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. At the University of California (UC Davis), researchers have found that apple fiber pectin is an antioxidant and helps to protect blood vessels and intestinal walls from further damage.
Q: Does GREENS 8000™ have to be refrigerated?

A: Both the GREENS 8000 ™ and the Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ should be refrigerated after opening. Our products contain probiotics cultures, enzymes, and freeze-dried fruit and vegetable juices. After exposure to air and light, the delicate nutrients and properties of these ingredients will start to break down. Before the product is opened it should be stored in a cool, dry place. After opening the product, either keep it in your refrigerator, or store it in a cool pantry.
Q: Should GREENS 8000™ be taken on an empty stomach?

A: The synergistic blend of ingredients in our products, GREENS 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ is designed to be digested and absorbed very quickly. For best results and optimum absorption, our greens should be taken on an empty stomach or with a very light meal or snack. Eating heavy or greasy foods will impede digestion and absorption of the ingredients. If you eat a light breakfast, or for instance a handful of nuts or trail mix with the product, you should absorb the nutrients just fine. Many of my clients drink the product by itself or mix it into their favorite protein powder or fruit shake to boost their meal-replacement product or smoothie.
Q: Can I take GREENS 8000™ twice a day?

A: Our products can be taken more than once per day. Feel free to have a glass anytime you need a quick burst of energy or crave something sweet. At the very least, the products work best when taken at least once per day. However, if taken twice per day, you can double up on benefits. Drink a glass in the morning to help wake you up and then another in the early afternoon to give yourself another burst of energy while most other people are ready for a nap.
Q: Why take our products every day?

A: If you want to support your body’s health on a regular basis, providing it with a constant source of nutrition is vital. Every day we get up with good intentions to eat well and take care of ourselves. Then due to the everyday stresses in life, we find ourselves reaching for less than ideal foods or are left without the time and energy to prepare those good-for-us fruits and vegetables our bodies need.
Q: How long until I notice a difference?

A: Many of our first-time customers relate that they have felt increased energy after the first glass. Most enjoy increased energy in the first few weeks, and others may take longer to feel the benefits. This process really depends on the overall health and body chemistry of each individual. The fruit and vegetable extracts are at an optimum level to be taken every day. This means that the products can be taken once or twice per day and have no adverse side effects. Additionally, they have more antioxidant and nutrient power than most other green drinks on the market.
Q: What will GREENS 8000™ do for me?

A: We cannot make direct claims about our products curing any disease or illness. However, consuming nutrient-rich foods on a daily basis can provide a number of overall health benefits. By providing your body with all the nutrient-rich foods it needs to be healthy and vibrant along with the extracts and supplements which only our special process affords in the products, many experience increased energy levels, immune system support, improved mental acuity, restoring a pH balance to the body, regulation of intestinal flora and enzymes because they are getting the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients necessary for supporting great health and well being.
Q: Can you please tell me who (or what country) supplies your rice bran? Have you tested it for melamines? I will stop feeding it until I hear from you. Faithful customer of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran.

A: Regarding your concern about the Omega Stabilized Rice Bran you purchase from Omega Fields --We take great pride in being able to assure our customers that all Omega Fields' products are all natural, without added chemicals, to provide good health and well-being for people and their animals. We contacted our stabilized rice bran provider -- and are very pleased to report that the company only gets rice bran from domestic sources grown in the United States, primarily the West and Central Southern states. They do not source from China. We were assured, as well, that the stabilized rice bran is NOTan isolate or a protein fraction of rice -- as was the rice bran protein ingredient (with melamine added) that is causing so many unnecessary health problems. Please be assured that we value our customers and will make every effort to make sure that your experience with our products, our shopping cart system, and our people is the best we can offer.
Q: I recently ordered a bag of your rice bran. I should have a food scale but I don't. Can you tell me the approximate volume of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran that equals one pound?

A: One pound of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran equals 3 rounded measuring cups or 4 level measuring cups (standard measuring cups).
Q: I am writing to ask whether your rice bran product has always been without added calcium?

A: Yes, our Omega Stabilized Rice Bran has always been without added calcium.
Q: What would be the ratio to feed the Omega Horseshine to the Omega Stabilized Rice Bran to keep the Omega's in balance? I have several horses, but probably the only ones that would get the ricebran in addition would be 2 large ponies at 900-1000 lbs and one 15.2 TB at around 1100 lbs.

A: Thank you for your email and your question concerning the correct ratio of Omega essential fatty acids for your horses. Good for you that you take such an active role to make sure your horses are getting the best nutrition possible. First let's go back 125 years or so and take a look at the natural balance of essential fats wild horses would be eating, and then go over a detailed description of Omega Horseshine and Omega Stabilized Rice Bran.
Q: What is the sugar content of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran?

A: Below please find an in-depth analysis provided by Alli Kuhl, Omega Fields' Resident Equine Expert, concerning the different Carbohydrate Fractions (CHO) and their importance in evaluating equine rations. She pulled information together from the web and from her college equine nutrition class notes. We hope you will find this information very useful. We have also provided Bottom Line comments as well.

Bottom Line:


Fiber is the primary CHO (carbohydrate) providing energy to the horse

Rice bran is in the NDSF category- high in fiber, fermented in hindgut

Rice bran is not an NFC – (NFC portion of feedstuff are mainly sugar and starches and NDSF) -- it is high in fiber

Rice bran has a 50% carbohydrate analyses - with only 27% of that being Non Structural Carbohydrates (Starch 20% and Sugar 7%)

Different CHO (carbohydrate fractions) and their importance in evaluating equine rations:

Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF)
is a measurement of the Insoluble Fiber in a ration. NDF includes hemicellulose, cellulose, ligno-cellulose, and lignin. These components of NDF are resistant to digestion by enzymatic hydrolysis but may be fermented to varying degrees by the microorganisms in the hindgut of the horse. NDF is an indicator of the total bulk in the ration and can thus be used as an indicator of intake potential.

Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF) is a sub-component of NDF containing the cellulose, ligno-cellulose, and lignin portions. Acid Detergent Fiber is less digestible (fermentable) than NDF. Because of the relationship between digestibility and available energy in a feedstuff, the ADF percentage of forages or other fiber sources is often used to predict energy content. The lower the ADF the higher the energy potential of the feed.

Neutral Detergent Soluble Fiber (NDSF) is not a sub-component of either ADF or NDF. In laboratory procedures the NDSF is a sub-component of Non-Fiber Carbohydrates (discussed below). This fiber fraction, however, is rapidly fermented in the hindgut of the horses and does not result in excessive acid production or subsequent digestive disturbances, as does the fermentation of non-fibrous carbohydrates (starch, sugar). Therefore, feedstuffs high in NDSF (i.e., soy hulls, beet pulp, rice bran) can be incorporated into equine rations to compensate for low energy, poor quality forages while providing additional energy in the form of fiber. Additionally, feedstuffs high in NDSF have been used in situations where forage inventories are limited, and can help maintain a healthy fermentation environment.

Non-fiber Carbohydrate (NFC) is a calculated (rather than analyzed) carbohydrate component. The most common equation to calculate NFC is: NFC (% of DM) = 100 – Crude Protein (% of DM) – NDF (% of DM) - Ether Extract (% of DM) – Ash (% of DM). Included in the NFC portion of a feedstuff are starch, sugars, and NDSF. As previously discussed, the starch and sugar portions are readily digestible in the stomach of the horse while the NDSF is rapidly fermented primarily in the hindgut. Although the amount of starch and sugar in a feed relative to NDSF can be quite variable depending on type of feed (i.e., hay, pasture, grain-mix), the NFC value is often used as an indicator of the level of starches and sugar in an equine grain ration. This value, however, should be interpreted with caution when a feed contains a high level of NDSF (ex. soyhulls, beet pulp, rice bran).

Non-structural Carbohydrate (NSC) is an analyzed carbohydrate component consisting of starch and sugars. The NSC percentage has been the source of much confusion in interpreting analysis results and evaluating carbohydrates in feeds. In the past, the term NSC has been used interchangeably with NFC. More recently, the term NSC has been used interchangeably with starch. Thus, when interpreting laboratory results, it is important to know whether the NSC refers to a calculated "by difference" analysis (NFC) or an analyzed by hydrolytic methods (NSC). Since some horses can be very sensitive to dietary starch and sugar, the NSC level can be helpful in selecting an optimal feeding program.

Starch is a sub-component of the NSC. Starch is determined using laboratory procedures that are not well standardized. The lack of a standard approach to analyze starch increases the variability of starch values within a feedstuff; this problem is most apparent when analyzing commodity ingredients that can contain a number of components that interfere with the starch assay. The variability becomes greater when analyzing a complete feed with various ingredients. Despite this variability, a starch analysis can provide an idea or estimate of the amount of starch in a feed, but can be expensive and is not a routine procedure.

One initially thinks of carbohydrates as sugar and starch, yet fiber is the primary carbohydrate providing energy to the horse. The digestive system of the horse was designed primarily for the continual, slow intake of fiber such as grass hay and pasture. Unfortunately, energy obtained from fiber fermentation alone may not be adequate to maintain weight in performance horses or horses with high-energy metabolisms.

Q: My horse is now on an EPSM diet, and he requires a "quality" rice bran to provide the necessary fat in his diet. He refuses to eat corn oil (can't say that I blame him), so my nutritionist recommended rice bran. I appreciate your assistance.

A: Thank you for your email and your interest in the benefits of our Omega Stabilized Rice Bran for your horse with EPSM. First let's go over the description of EPSM (with the emphasis on the statement that carbohydrates high in starch should be avoided), then we'll compare the Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC) content of Omega Stabilized Rice Bran and Omega Horseshine, look at basic info concerning inflammation, and give our Bottom Line Recommendation.

EPSM
EPSM (Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy) is a muscle condition that results in an excessive buildup of glycogen in the muscle. In the normal horse, glycogen is the energy source in muscle contraction. An EPSM horse cannot complete this process, which results in the excess in stored glycogen. This results in muscle cramps and weakness. As you are aware, the diet needs to be adjusted to decrease the amount of insulin and sugar in the bloodstream. Carbohydrates that are high in starch, such as sweet feed, corn, wheat, oats, barley, rice bran, and molasses, should be avoided and extra calories can be provided in the form of fat.

Non Structural Carbohydrate (NSC)
Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is a convenient, stabilized source of high energy and Vitamin E supplement for the diets of show and performance horses, as well as your young growing horses. Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is a rich source of Omega-6 essential fatty acids but it does have a very high NSC of 27% (20.0% Starch, 7.0% Sugar). The stabilized ground whole flax seed in Omega Horseshine actually has a very low NSC of 4.4% (0.6% Starch, 3.8% Sugar). Omega Horseshine is actually recommended for horses challenged with metabolic problems that include EPSM, Insulin Resistance, and Cushings. Note: The stabilized ground whole flax seed in Omega Horseshine also helps maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance in the small intestine that will lessen the incidence of tying up and muscle cramping. Omega-3 essential fatty acid is a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune builder.

Basic Information Concerning Inflammation
The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega Horseshine® (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as injury, surgery, over-training, allergic reactions, or disease. When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain. Inflammation is a horse's natural response to injury. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. When a joint becomes inflamed, your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. If this occurs in joint areas it can prevent the joint from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the “diseases of aging” or "damage by trauma" in horses have similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation. The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Horseshine® work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing freedom from pain.

Bottom Line Recommendation:
You might want to look at Omega Horseshine rather than Omega Stabilized Rice Bran for a healthy and natural source of good fat for your EPSM horse. One of the safest, most economical ways to add Omega-3 (an essential fatty acid) to your horse's diet is by supplementing with Omega Horseshine – formulated with stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed. The thing with rice bran is that it is all Omega-6 essential fat with no Omega-3 -- that's why you would definitely want to give more Omega Horseshine if you're adding rice bran to the diet. It will help keep the ratio of essential fats within the recommended range of 1:1 (Omega-6 to Omega-3) -- which is what is recommended for animals and people by the majority of essential fatty acid nutritional experts. If you do decide to go with the Omega Stabilized Rice Bran, we highly recommend that you supplement with Omega Horseshine as well -- to help balance the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in the diet. Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.
Q: Why is your Omega Stabilized Rice Bran good to combine with beet pulp?

A: Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is an effective supplement for working/show horses: * DENSE ENERGY SOURCE * NATURALLY RICH ANTIOXIDANTS * EXCELLENT WEIGHT GAIN Omega Stabilized Rice Bran is good to combine with beet pulp: * NO ADDED CALCIUM * GREAT BALANCER FOR CALCIUM-RICH BEET PULP Many equine natural-nutrition experts recommend that horses should eat fats in amounts and types that mimic their ancestral diet. The natural equine diet of fresh grasses is extremely low in fat, with the naturally occurring fat predominantly Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Essential Fatty Acid. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid ratio in fresh grasses is at 4:1 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Ground flax seed has Omega-3 and Omega-6 levels that are the closest to fresh grasses. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 ratio in flax seed runs at least 4:1, often even higher. Therefore, we would recommend Omega Horseshine (our award-winning stabilized ground flax supplement) as a healthy fat supplement for your horse -- especially if you're going to feed rice bran (which is very high in Omega-6 essential fatty acid). Omega Horseshine will help balance the essential fatty acids in the diet to bring them in closer ratio to the natural diet in the wild.
Q: Would you recommend Omega Ultra Egg for hens to be shown in 4H at our county fair?

A: Of course, Omega Ultra Egg will increase high quality plumage and overall appearance of the bird. Omega Ultra Egg is the best supplement to help your birds WIN Best in Show!
Q: Will Omega Ultra Egg benefit the health of my laying hen as well?

A: Omega Ultra Egg not only supports brilliant, high-quality plumage, it also improves laying rates and flock health.
Q: Besides increasing the Omega-3 content in my hens' eggs, what else will the product help with?

A: Omega Ultra Egg will also strengthen the egg shells, preserve the egg flavor, aroma and nutritional value.
Q: How long will it take when feeding Omega Ultra Egg to my laying hens before their eggs' Omega-3 level increases?

A: If you are supplementing your laying hens at the recommended daily amount, after 4 weeks, compared to a typical egg, the TOTAL Omega-3 in mg per 50g egg will increase from 40 mcg to 325 mcg and the TOTAL DHA would have increased from 15 mcg to 75-120 mcg. That is 8x more Omega-3 per egg after only 4 weeks of supplementing the laying hen!
Q: Can you feed rice bran to horese suffering from Insulin Resistance or Cushings?

A: Although rice bran and rice bran oil may be super sources of fat (much safer than other grains) and contain powerful antioxidants -- they would thest high in NSC (non structural carbohydrates) for starch and sugar because rice bran is naturally high in NSC. Therefore, rice bran or rice bran oil would not be recommended for IR or Cushings horses.
Q: What sets Delicious GREENS 8000™ apart from other green drinks?

A: "Our products include organic green plants, flax lignans, ionic trace minerals, natural food concentrates, and fruit and vegetable extracts with the highest antioxidant ratings. The special formulas we have developed provide a drink with an ORAC score of over 8000. Our products are a “drink above the rest” simply because they combine the best of a daily Super Food supplement with whole food extracts and great taste. Many expect these products to simply be drinkable. They are surprised to find out that they enjoy drinking the products.
Q: What's all the fuss about?

A: Delicious Greens 8000 ™ is a unique design by Dr. March. It is a marvel of modern nutraceutical science. The combined efforts of Dr. March and the team responsible for the development of this product resulted in a delicious and nutrient-dense Super Food. There is growing research on the positive effects leafy green vegetables have on our bodies and health. We need to take in a surprising number of nutrient-dense foods every day in order to maintain a disease-free body. Our Delicious Greens 8000 ™ and Delicious Kids Super Food Drink ™ are the answers to this need. One scoop of our products is equal to 20 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink our products every day and your body will thank you!
Q: Why Delicious GREENS 8000™?

A: "When Dr. March would advise her patients to eat more fruits and vegetables the one common complaint was all the time and energy it takes to shop for, prepare, and finally eat the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. This sparked her to set out to develop a food supplement which provides many of the fruits and vegetables we should eat every day, but do not have the time to.
Q: Can I drink more than 1 bottle of 6 SHOOTER per day?

A: Each person responds differently to caffeine, but our general recommendation is to have 1 great tasting 6 SHOOTER per day.
Q: How does the price of 6 SHOOTER compare to other energy drinks?

A: Most 2 oz. energy shots have a MSRP of $2.99 and higher - Buy a 12 pack of 6 SHOOTER and save at only $2.50/bottle!
Q: Does 6 SHOOTER make you feel weird when you drink it?

A: 6 SHOOTER - As with any product that contains caffeine, each person reacts differently and your results may vary, but generally there will be no symptoms of anxiety, jitteriness, hyperactivity, or flushing.
Q: Do you crash after drinking 6 SHOOTER?

A: 6 SHOOTER; Energy that lasts with NO CRASH*. * Results may vary.
Q: How much caffeine is in a 2 fl. oz. bottle of 6 SHOOTER?

A: Great question, there is 150 mg of caffeine in each 2 fl. oz. bottle of 6 SHOOTER, about the same as a cup of premium coffee.
Q: Does 6 SHOOTER contain sugar?

A: No, 6 SHOOTER does not contain sugar.
Q. Can Omega Canine Shine safely be fed to pregnant and lactating dogs?


A. Omega Canine Shine is recommended for pregnant dogs: It is safe to supplement pregnant dogs with the stabilized ground flax seed and fish oil found in Omega Canine Shine.

Pregnancy is one of the conditions associated with Omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency. During pregnancy the dog's body becomes deficient in Omega-3 because the fast-growing brain, eye, and organs of her puppies utilize all available Omega-3. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for normal growth and development and cannot be manufactured in the body. Sufficient amounts of Omega-3 must be added to the pregnant dog's diet.

During pregnancy and lactation the recommended daily serving size for the mother should be increased by two or three times. After the puppies are born and eating solid food, they should get Omega-3 also -- adjust the amount of Omega Canine Shine according to the weight. They only need a little sprinkle.
Q. How do the Omega Nuggets eliminate hot spots?


A. Here is a brief history on hot spots -- I will try to make this a short answer. Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. They are generally circular patches that lose hair, can be swollen, may exude smelly pus, and can be painfully itchy, causing the dog to scratch, lick, or bite to the point of self-mutilation.

Underlying causes -- poor skin and coat health - matted, trapped hair or allergies. Our Omega Nuggets and Omega Canine Shine™ flax products helps with both of these underlying causes:

* Flax works from the inside out, at the cellular level- each cell has a phospholipids layer /shell composed of Fatty Acids.

* Flax helps with skin and coat health -- shedding out less - stabilizes the integrity of the hair follicle. When dogs lack or are deficient in EFA's ( Omega-3, Omega-6--need correct ratio) side effects are poor skin and coat health and allergies. By supplementing with Omega-3 rich Flax - they will benefit with healthy hair coat - hence they will not have matted, trapped hair.

*Omega-3's are anti- inflammatory and anti-histamine -- they stop histamine reactions. Think of inflammation as bad guys - prostaglandin 2's ( there are good prostaglandin's as well- but I won't get into that right now) but think of the bad ones -- they cause histamine reactions and inflammation at the cellular level. People tend to default to cortisone ( steroid) to mask systems i.e.: Hot spots instead of supplementing with Omega-3 rich flax to work from the inside out.

* Hot spots are a symptom of EFA deficiency. Also note that if you have your dog on a rich high Omega-6 diet, the ratio is inverted and hence causes inflammation- causing allergies and negative reactions.

* Also Omega Fields' canine products are rich in natural tocopherals (antioxidants) helping the immune system. A dog is more prone to inflammation and allergies with a low immune system. Omega 3's promote healing, promote healthy skin and coat, and prevent re-occurrence of skin allergies and hot spots.
Q. Is there an odor?

A. The bait itself does not have a odor. There may be an odor as the trapped flies begin to decompose. The best procedure is to change the trap a bit more frequently. Alternatively, just pour some more water into the trap and this will help to minimize the odor –- and it will increase the life of the bait by another week or so.
Q. What do we do with it when it is time to replace the trap?

A. Place the used trap into a plastic shopping bag and dispose of responsibly.
Q. Is Flies Be Gone Toxic, Poisonous, or an Insecticide?

A. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. Hope we have made this point clear.
Q. Does the Ultra Biomass Bait begin to attract files immediately?

A. The bait must warm in the sun and the scents be carried into the atmosphere, as mentioned above. In warm weather, this begins to happen in about 2 days. In cooler climates, it can take a few more days to reach full tempo. The process can be sped up by activating the bait with water and keeping the solution warm in a jar indoors before transferring it outdoors. In both warm and cool climates, the activation can be sped up by adding in a pinch of your local damp soil.
Q. Is Flies Be Gone designed for indoor or outdoor use?

A. It is intended for outdoor use only. The Ultra Biomass bait is composed of sterilized food materials. Pour the bait into the trap and add water. When they warm in the sun, food scents drift out of the trap and into a wide area of the atmosphere. This attracts the flies. The warmer the weather, the quicker this happens. Flies Be Gone should be placed outdoors in sunlight. Not indoors and not under a roof. The best situation is indirect sunlight like in the branches of a tree, so that the sunlight reaches the trap. Extremely hot direct sunlight may be too strong.
Q. Do Omega-3 supplements made from stabilized, ground flax provide the same benefits as Omega-3 supplements made from fish oil?

A. First let's take a look at (1) flax seed supplements and then (2) fish oil supplements:

(1) Flax Seed Supplements:

Flax seed and the oil it contains are considered a whole food. Flax seeds are a rich source of the essential Omega3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid -- ALA -- (named essential because they must come from outside the body-in the diet). Once consumed, it can be transformed by enzymes in the body to the ultra polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid -- EPA -- and Docosahexaenoic acid -- DHA -- commonly found in fish. ALA, EPA, and DHA form vital structural parts of every one of the billions of cells in the body, especially brain, eye and all organ cells.

Flaxseeds are not only high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, they are also high in plant lignans -- particularly SDG -- that are believed to play a role in fighting a broad range of cancer types. The plant lignans present in ground flax (43 mg per tablespoon) are fiber-like phytochemicals that are transformed into “animal” lignan in the colon by bacteria. Lignans are naturally found in foods high in dietary fiber, and are structurally similar to estrogens (phyto estrogens). Like natural estrogens, they can bind to estrogen receptors, but without causing abnormal changes. Plant lignans have been shown to help inhibit abnormal cell growth and help the immune system do its job. Flaxseed is the most abundant source of plant lignans. Stabilized ground flaxseed is one of the safest ways to get cancer-fighting Omega-3 and lignans into the body.

Flax seed is a good source of fiber that helps stabilize blood sugar so that you feel full longer and you have the energy to live an active lifestyle in between meals instead of snacking. It also keeps everything flowing consistently through the digestive process -- helping to relieve constipation and aiding in the prevention of colon cancer.

Because of it's high oil content, ground flax seed starts oxidizing as soon as the hard outer shell is broken by grinding. Since flax seeds need to be ground to impart the bioavailability of all its nutrients -- you need to make sure to use stabilized ground flax from a reputable source. This safe and convenient stabilized ground flax seed is found in two products from Omega Fields -- Simply Omega-3™ and Mega Omega®.

(2) Fish Oil Supplements:

Pure encapsulated fish oil supplements (you must make sure they are of highest purity) specifically contain the Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- EPA and DHA. They do not, however, contain ALA, lignans, or fiber. But not all fish oil supplements are equal in value or effectiveness. Many, manufactured from the liver of fish, contain dangerous levels of toxins and pollutants. Others contain unnecessary, sometimes harmful fillers. What this means is that careful scrutiny and selection of high grade concentrated fish oil is absolutely necessary. In high grade concentrated fish oil, most or all of the impurities have been removed and this oil can be concentrated to contain much higher levels of Omega-3s. The most effective and simple strategy is to find an Omega 3 product that has gone through rigorous distillation and testing processes to ensure its purity.
Ultra-Pure Omega-3 Fish Oil and Krill Berry, which we sell on our website, are two such recommended products.

Bottom-line:
Both sources of Omega-3 (stabilized ground flax seed (plant based) and fish oil supplements (animal based)) -- are excellent supplements for anyone looking to supplement Omega-3 in their diet.

Q: I read in MedScape of a urological study involving the use of ENRECO® flaxseed for patients with prostate cancer. I would like to know where to purchase the same product as used.

A: Thank you for your email and your interest in the ENRECO stabilized ground flax seed used in Duke University's urological study for patients with prostate cancer. We are very pleased to have a long-term association with Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefreid and Duke University regarding prostate cancer – a topic very relevant to so many men and their families in these times.


Our product, Simply Omega-3, is the same stabilized ground flax that was used by the men in Duke University's urological study for patients with prostate cancer. Simply Omega-3 is our pure stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed supplement - with 2500 mg of Omega-3 per 15 grams (2 Tablespoons) serving. Simply Omega-3 has the highest Omega-3 amount per serving. Note: 30 grams per day was the amount that was recommended in the Duke University Study to help reduce the tumor size and/or help prevent prostate cancer.

Mega Omega® is our new and improved supplement formula using stabilized ground flax, plant and vitamin based antioxidants, and minerals, along with a very healthy dose of Vitamin D-3.

Simply Omega-3 and Mega Omega can be mixed in a fruit smoothie, hot or cold cereal, cottage cheese, juice of your choice, yogurt or pudding, or ice cream AND you can use them in baking and cooking. You can take advantage of quantity discounts when purchasing 6 each or 12 each 1 lb pouches of Simply Omega-3 or Mega Omega.

We are very proud that our stabilized ground flaxseed formulas -- Simply Omega-3 and Mega Omega -- stand strong as premium ground flaxseed supplements in the marketplace today with a 18 month Freshness Guarantee when stored at room temp of 74º F. or less.

Above statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Q: I read in MedScape of a urological study involving the use of ENRECO® flaxseed for patients with prostate cancer. I would like to know where to purchase the same product as used.

A: Thank you for your email and your interest in the ENRECO stabilized ground flax seed used in Duke University's urological study for patients with prostate cancer. We are very pleased to have a long-term association with Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefreid and Duke University regarding prostate cancer – a topic very relevant to so many men and their families in these times.

Our product, Simply Omega-3, is the same stabilized ground flax that was used by the men in Duke University's urological study for patients with prostate cancer. Simply Omega-3 is our pure stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed supplement - with 2500 mg of Omega-3 per 15 grams (2 Tablespoons) serving. Simply Omega-3 has the highest Omega-3 amount per serving. Note: 30 grams per day was the amount that was recommended in the Duke University Study to help reduce the tumor size and/or help prevent prostate cancer.

Mega Omega® is our new and improved supplement formula using stabilized ground flax, plant and vitamin based antioxidants, and minerals, along with a very healthy dose of Vitamin D-3.

Simply Omega-3 and Mega Omega can be mixed in a fruit smoothie, hot or cold cereal, cottage cheese, juice of your choice, yogurt or pudding, or ice cream AND you can use them in baking and cooking. You can take advantage of quantity discounts when purchasing 6 each or 12 each 1 lb pouches of Simply Omega-3 or Mega Omega.

We are very proud that our stabilized ground flaxseed formulas -- Simply Omega-3 and Mega Omega -- stand strong as premium ground flaxseed supplements in the marketplace today with a 18 month Freshness Guarantee when stored at room temp of 74º F. or less.

Q: Copied From: DSLD-equine@yahoogroups.com Since I know that many feed Flax to their horses I have a question. Someone on another list posted that long term use of flax suppresses the thyroid and could actually cause IR issues. I have never heard of this and am wondering if there is any scientific evidence for this claim. I feed Horseshine to my horses. Thanks, Karen

A:

Copied From: DSLD-equine@yahoogroups.com (Dr. Eleanor Kellon) Absolutely no scientific or even anecdotal evidence of this. The only even remote connection is that cyanide interferes with iodine uptake by the thyroid. However, there is zero evidence that flax in the amounts fed to horses contains enough cyanide to have any effect, and if the horse is getting adequate iodine that would counteract the effect. There is zero even remote connection between flax and IR. Hypothyroidism in horses does not produce IR either. Even horses that have had their thyroids completely removed surgically do not get overweight, cresty or Laminitic. They usually lose weight. Virtually every horse that has come through the Cushing's and IR group, now with almost 8000 members, is on flax.
Eleanor
www.drkellon.com


Q: I am having a little difficulty figuring out the exact selenium amount my horse would be getting from 1 cup of the Omega Horseshine. I realize it is probably minimal, but I am unsure how to figure mg of selenium provided in 1 cup from the ppm amount listed (1.90). - Brittney

A: When fed as recommended Omega Horseshine accounts for a very small percentage of the total weight of the average daily feed intake of the horse. Omega Horseshine® has Selenium listed as 1.90 ppm, as you know -- so it is not considered a high source. Omega Horseshine is a supplement -- not a complete feed. Therefore, it is important to look at the total selenium of the horse’s whole diet. If the overall selenium of your horse’s feed and forage is very high, we recommend discussing this with your veterinarian or an equine nutritionist.

The answer to your question as to how much selenium would be in a 1 cup serving of Omega Horseshine® is provided by our expert consultant, Dr. Doug Bibus, PhD: "Ppm refers to 1ug per 1g or 1mg per 1000g or 1 part per million. So for 100g of product (approximately one cup) the horse would be getting .190 mg of selenium."


Q. I'm taking 6 tablespoons of Mega Omega a day. I'm thinking of adding Delicious Greens and Perfect Purples to my health drink. Is this over doing it? Would it taste okay? I'm not a great eater, so I try to put the best product in my daily drink. I mix in milk with protein powder. I'm taking Naturesway vegetable and fruit capsules and I'm wondering if your product might be better! Thank you, Michelle

A. Well, your question is a pretty easy one for me to answer -- as I currently make a daily breakfast smoothie using Mega Omega, Delicious Greens, and Perfect Purples -- mixed with fruit juice, soy milk, and frozen fruit. I also add rice protein powder. I've been using our stabilized ground whole flax seed (rich source of Omega-3, soluble and insoluble fiber, and lignans) for over ten years -- as long as I've been privileged to work for this company! I really like the Mega Omega, because of the plant and vitamin based antioxidants added to the stabilized ground flax base -- and the little bit of crystalline corn fructose (safe sweetener with low GI rating) makes it very tasty. I'll share with you my reasoning and personal opinion for choosing the blend.

For a number of years I've read many, many health related articles and scientific studies (from various sources) concerning the importance and beneficial effects of getting a wide variety of plant and vitamin based antioxidants into the diet. They agreed on the point that a synergistic blend of antioxidants enables the individual antioxidants in the blend to provide more life, effectiveness, and longer-lasting free-radical-busting power to the other antioxidants. The word synergistic basically means that things working together are more powerful than each individual component on their own. I also learned that antioxidants have a proven record for helping our bodies prevent debilitating disease. That sounded very good to me! The problem was that if you had to take that many pills or capsules -- it wouldn't be very realistic for me on a consistent day-to-day basis. I definitely needed something more user-friendly!

I became interested in the Delicious Greens and Perfect Purples as a tasty and convenient source of vegetable and fruit based antioxidant powdered drink blends when Omega Fields was researching selection of the best products we could find to offer on our Omega Fields Health website. We chose Delicious Greens 8000 and Perfect Purples to represent our choice of the best-tasting, most effective, powdered vegetable and fruit based antioxidant blends. That's when I started adding 1/2 scoop of each to my daily breakfast smoothie.

Personally, I love my morning smoothie, and I mentally pat myself on the back when I drink it down the last drop and think to myself, "Good for you, Bonnie!" I feel good, have plenty of energy, and enjoy life! I have a feeling you look at life in the same way, Michelle!Bottom Line: You are not over doing it by mixing Mega Omega, Delicious Greens, and Perfect Purples -- in fact, it's the perfect tri-mix to provide Omega-3, fiber, vitamins, and synergistic antioxidants for optimal health and vitality. Keep in mind that proper exercise and smart nutritional choices are always part of a healthy lifestyle. Check with your doctor before starting on a strenuous exercise program.

Bon Appétit!



Above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Q: I would like to purchase the Omega Horseshine and try it on my new horse that I just purchased about a month ago. I have found, however, that he can be picky on trying new things. Would you have a small sample that I could try with him before I go and buy a 20 lb or 50 lb bag? If you could I would be more than grateful. Or, if you have a smaller bag, I wouldn't mind purchasing a 5 lb bag.

A: It is not our policy to send out product samples. The smallest retail size of Omega Horseshine® is the 4.5 lb pouch. You don't need to worry about trying a 20 lb bag because all of our products come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

Fellow horse owners with "picky eaters" have successfully mixed Omega Horseshine® with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, baby food, carrot juice, molasses -- to create a tasty, nutritious mash their horses love. Another alternative might be to order Omega Nibblers® treats to use as a supplement for your picky eater. Omega Nibblers® (horse treats made with the highest percentage of flax -- almost 50%!) are the most convenient and enjoyable way our customers have found to supplement their horses (especially the "picky eaters") with the benefits of Omega-3 / fiber. Just 15 to 30 treats per day is the equivalent amount to Omega Horseshine's recommendation of 1/2 to 1 cup per day). They come in a 3.5 lb pouch or a 15 lb box.


Q: I just bought a six month old paint filly. She has very nice conformation and very healthy. This is the first baby I've had and I bought her because I want to start my training on my own. She was just weaned and has been eating solid grain. Are there any feeds or supplements that you would advise me to provide for her to keep a nice shiny coat as well as help to keep her strong? I want to train her for contesting and reining, but I'm not sure what the best feeds are to give her. Please, any advice would be more than helpful.

A:

Our recommendation is to supplement your filly with Omega Horseshine®. In the womb the foal utilizes all available Omega-3 essential fatty acids available from the mare's body for its fast-growing brain, eye, and organs. Omega-3 essential fatty acids (found in stabilized ground flax seed) are necessary for normal growth and development and cannot be manufactured in the body. Sufficient amounts of Omega-3 should be added to the filly's diet. The safest way to add Omega-3 is from stabilized, ground, flax seed (the foundation for the Omega Horseshine® formula). The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Horseshine® is very high in plant-based Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your filly's diet is missing. One-half cup to one cup is the recommended daily maintenance amount of Omega Horseshine® for a 1200 pound horse -- be sure to adjust the amount according to the weight of your filly. We are stabilized ground flax experts, and we know our supplement products inside out -- so we can confidently give recommendations concerning them, but we suggest you check with your vet or equine nutritionist concerning recommendations on feeds.


Q: Will the Omega Horseshine work well enough keeping weight on? Will the Omega Horseshine increase his energy level too much? He already has plenty of energy and does, in fact, tend to be a bit high-strung. He gets grass hay 3 times a day with a small amount of Equine Senior in the evening. He also receives a joint supplement and Quiessence as a calming supplement. I am thinking that I can replace Cocosoya (Uckele) - skin, coat and weight gain, and Horse-Shoe (Finish Line) - hooves -- with Omega Horseshine and get the same benefits (the money I'll save will be MOST appreciated).

A: You are correct, by supplementing with Omega Horseshine you will be able to meet your horse's Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acid needs. Omega Horseshine can replace the Cocosoya, Horse-Shoe, and the joint supplement -- and will work well with the other supplement and feeds you outlined in your email.

Following is an explanation:
Omega Horseshine has been reported, by our customers, to alleviate their horses' problems with skin and coat, hooves, hyperactivity and joint inflammation. Omega Horseshine is an all-natural, Omega-3, stabilized flax supplement intended for the health and well-being of all breeds of horses (18.5% Omega-3, 6.0% Omega-6, and 6.0% Omega-9). Omega Horseshine contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax enhanced with a very small percentage of oats (antioxidant), yeast (probiotic), vitamins, minerals, and biotin. This small percentage of ingredients are meant to enhance the nutritional benefits of the flax, but are no way meant to be the recommended daily amounts. One-half cup to one cup is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Horseshine.br />
Omega-3 deficiencies can show up as problems with dry, itchy skin, allergies, joint inflammation pain, poor hoof growth, hyperactivity, inability to keep weight on, etc. Our customers who have experienced these problems (or similar distressful problems) have shared their successes with us. They agree that the horse needs to get a higher dosage every day for the short term in order to overcome the Omega-3 deficiency in their system -- at least 1, 2 or 3 cups of Omega Horseshine® per day, for the short term, until the symptoms/condition are alleviated. Then, you can go back down to what will be the maintenance amount for your horse, for the long term. You don't have to keep supplementing at the high level for the long term.

FDA laboratory studies, concerning the safety of Omega Fields' stabilized ground flaxseed (the base of Omega Horseshine), have proven that our stabilized ground flaxseed fed at 20%, 30% and even 40% of the diet did not have any detrimental effects. You don't have to worry with Omega Horseshine, since the amounts we recommend (even at 2 - 3 cup levels) is no where near 40% of your horse's total diet. Please keep in mind that this testing was done on our specific stabilized ground flaxseed -- so we cannot speak for the safety of other ground flaxseed products -- you would have to ask the manufacturer for their safety testing records. Also keep in mind that Omega Horseshine is the only flax based horse supplement on the market that has a 12 month freshness guarantee!

The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Horseshine is very high in Omega-3 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids with a small amount of Omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids your horse's diet is missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body -- the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 is a very usable energy and has a calming effect. Omega Horseshine, with it's high Omega-3 content -- is a natural calmer. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of optimal whole-body health improves.

Cocosoya's ingredient list: Soybean oil, Coconut oil, Vitamin E supplement, Sodium Propionate, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial flavors. It is a fat source but is very high in saturated fat and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat and very low in Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. In fact, although their literature states that Cocosoya contains Omega-3 -- they do not even list the percentage of it in their product. Also, when companies list natural and artificial flavors you might have to be concerned with chemical preservatives. Omega Horseshine provides a better balance of good fats (very high in Omega-3) and is a good way to help your horse maintain proper weight.

Horse-Shoe's ingredient list: Biotin, Methionine, Gelatin and Zinc in a mineral base. Since poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega Horseshine provides the highest levels of Omega-3 -- it is an excellent choice for improving healthy hoof growth.

Joint supplement: Although you don't mention the name of the product, I would assume that the main ingredient would be glucosamine or condroitin. Since Omega Horseshine provides the highest levels of Omega-3 -- and Omega-3 is considered a powerful anti-inflammatory -- the joint pain should be alleviated by supplementing with Omega Horseshine. Our customers' testimonies prove this fact. Here's just one of the many we receive:

"Just a note to let you know my eight year old Quarter horse "CD" has always had a problem with thin hoof walls and suffered from blow outs. She had also suffered a condition from birth with occasional mild diarrhea and a poor to less than average coat. Since I have begun using Horseshine flax supplement she has made a 180 degree turn around. My farrier has commented that her hoof walls are 100% better and she hasn't suffered a blow out since. Her manure is normal and her coat is thick and shiny. Also my husbands 24 yr. old mare now looks and acts much younger than her years. I can tell her joints feel alot better since she too has been put on Horseshine. Thanks for a product that does all it says, A very satisfied customer." Marie Piper - The Dalles, Oregon.


Q: You say Omega Horseshine works at the cellular level to provide health benefits for my horse. Please explain.

A: Flax seed is the richest plant source of Omega -3 essential fatty acid. Omega 3 is necessary for cell membrane integrity. Cell membrane integrity can be compromised by excess acidity at the cell levels and by too high levels of inflammatory fatty acids like Omega-6 from feeds and grains, and trans fats from senior feeds, and animal fat products. If those membranes become deformed they cannot facilitate the elimination of metabolic wastes nor can they allow entry to the cell of nutrients either. The cell membrane also is important in energy production … the electrolytes of magnesium and potassium inside the cell interact across the cell membrane with the electrolytes sodium and calcium in the fluid outside the cell to produce electrical energy. If the membrane is damaged from a deficiency of Omega-3, calcium and sodium rush into the cell and shut down the life forces.


Q: What is the difference between Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE?


A: Thank you for your email and your question concerning the comparison of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. Good for you that you are always looking to provide the best for your horses! Please see descriptions of Omega Horseshine, Omega Antioxidant, and Omega GRANDE. This way you can make your best informed decision.

1.) Description of Omega Horseshine®
Omega Horseshine® contains the best premium, stabilized ground flax base enhanced with a small percentage of a blend of biotin, yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. Omega Horseshine is to be considered a powerful Omega-3 supplement (approx 28,000 mg Omega-3 per 1 cup serving!). It is not a vitamin, mineral, or biotin supplement by any means. The small amount of ingredients (other than stabilized flax) in the formula actually works to promote best absorption of nutrition when the flax is being metabolized. When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax --Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) -- can more effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutritional support is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure that the proper nutritional support is present. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. Omega Horseshine can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Yeast Culture (Diamond V Yeast), Ground Oats, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Folic Acid, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin and Thiamine. Note: The recommended amount of Omega Horseshine for a 1,000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1/2 cup to 1 cup per day.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-horseshiner.html

2.) Description of Omega Antioxidant
Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 plant-based and Vitamin-based Antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses -- it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine®.

Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flaxseed, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants found in ground grain sorghum -- Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols -- with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse's active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant (approximately 200 each 2/3 cup servings in a 50 lb. bag).

Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About one half of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant ground grain sorghum seed which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.

Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals' body, it makes sense to supplement your horse's diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort -- they may help in preventing debilitating disease.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flax Seed, Ground Grain Sorghum, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-antioxidant-46.html

3.) Description of Omega GRANDE®
Omega GRANDE® – the COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of stabilized, super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from ground flaxseed (approx 27,396 mg Omega-3 per 1-1/2 cup serving!), stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. Omega GRANDE does not contain any corn or wheat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. Omega GRANDE® is readily accepted by horses and is easy to serve. Omega GRANDE does not contain any processed grain by-products or molasses.

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Diamond V Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Note: The recommended amount of Omega GRANDE for your 1000 - 1,200 lb horse would be 1-1/2 cups (3 scoops - scoop enclosed) per day. Biotin content = 5.0 mg.

Additional info online: http://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-grander.html

Bottom Line Recommendation

Any of Omega Fields' three premium products would be an excellent choice for your horse! I always tell people -- Omega Horseshine is our most basic supplement, the next step up would be Omega Antioxidant, and if you're looking for a COMPLETE equine supplement that does it all, that would be Omega GRANDE! It really depends on what you are looking for for your horses!

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.

Q: I'm having stifle problems w/my gelding. Will this help?

A: The stifle joint corresponds anatomically to our own human knee joint. It is the largest joint in the horse but also the weakest joint. It is a joint that has the ability to flex, extend and act as a locking mechanism. A horse is unable to flex the hock without flexing the stifle and hip joints. Although we are not aware of any scientific studies done concerning the effects of flaxseed and Omega-3 on stifle problems -- please see information below regarding why Omega Horseshine® is recommended as a preventative and aid for horses prone to stifle problems.

Why is supplementing with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (Omega Horseshine is a rich source of Omega-3) important to cellular health? The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega Horseshine® (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as injury, surgery, over-training, or disease (i.e. -- laminitis/founder). When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.

Inflammation is a horse's natural response to injury. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. When a joint becomes inflamed, your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. This can prevent the joint from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the “diseases of aging” in horses such as arthritis, navicular and laminitis, have similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.

The Omega-3 essential fatty acids in Omega Horseshine® work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing the freedom to move.

Following please find a human study concerning the effect of Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) on inflammation -- as referenced by the Cushings/IR Yahoo Group:

*** Recent study showing how adding flax to the diet decreased markers of inflammation in overweight people -- submitted by Eleanor M. Kellon, V.M.D., Equine Nutritional Solutions, 58 Maple Farm Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. Dr. Kellon is the co-owner and moderator of the group -- and is a well-renowned, well-respected author concerning equine health and nutrition.
Obes Surg. 2007 Mar;17(3):341-7.
Systemic inflammation in morbidly obese subjects: response to oral supplementation with alpha-linolenic acid.
Faintuch J, Horie LM, Barbeiro HV, Barbeiro DF, Soriano FG, Ishida RK, Cecconello I.
Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital das Clinicas and LIM 51, São Paulo University Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil. jfaintuch@hcnet.usp.br
BACKGROUND: Morbidly obese patients frequently display asymptomatic chronic activation of acute phase response, with potentially adverse metabolic and cardiovascular consequences. Nutritional preparations to improve this phenomenon have rarely been administered. Aiming to investigate the supplementation of flaxseed flour, a source of omega-3 fatty acids, a prospective randomized double-blind cross-over study was designed. METHODS: Outpatient obese subjects (n=41) were clinically and biochemically screened, and results for 24 randomized subjects are shown. Age was 40.8 +/- 11.6 years (83.3% females) and body mass index (BMI) was 47.1 +/- 7.2 kg/m2. Flaxseed flour (Farinha de Linhaca Dourada LinoLive, Cisbra, Brazil) in the amount of 30 g/day (5 g of alpha-linolenic acid - omega-3) and an equal mass of placebo (manioc flour) were administered for 2 weeks each. Variables included general biochemical investigation, white blood cell count (WBC), C-reactive protein (CRP), serum amyloid A (SAA) and fibronectin. RESULTS: No intolerance was registered. Body weight and general biochemical indices remained stable. Initial CRP and SAA were elevated (13.7 +/- 9.9 and 17.4 +/- 8.0 ). WBC (8100 +/- 2100/mm3) and fibronectin (463.2 +/- 61.3 mg/dL) were acceptable but in the upper normal range. Corresponding findings after supplementation of flaxseed were 10.6 +/- 6.2 mg/L, 14.3 +/- 9.2 mg/L, 7300 +/- 1800/mm3 and 412.8 +/- 38.6 respectively (P<0.05). No change during the control period regarding baseline occurred when placebo was randomized to be given first; however, when it followed omega-3 supplementation, CRP and SAA recovered, whereas WBC and fibronection remained depressed during those 2 weeks (7500 +/- 2100/mm3 and 393.2 +/- 75.8 mg/dL, P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: 1) Various inflammatory markers were elevated in the studied population, although not necessarily exceeding the normal range; 2) Significant reduction could be demonstrated; 3) Some persistent effects of flaxseed supplement 2 weeks after discontinuation were observed.

Bottom Line: Omega-3 essential fatty acids are very functional, effective anti-inflammatories and immune boosters to help alleviate the inflammation problems associated with stifles. Omega Horseshine's stabilized ground flax seed is a safe, convenient, rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.


Q: Could you tell me the difference between your Omega GRANDE and Platinum Performance Equine?


A: Let's take a moment to review and compare Platinum Performance Equine and our premium horse feed supplement, Omega GRANDE®. Then you'll be equipped with enough knowledge to enable you to make the best horsecare choice for you and your horses.

Detailed Description of Omega GRANDE: Omega GRANDE – the premium COMPLETE equine supplement -- is formulated to provide the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals (custom-formulated and blended mix) required for performance horses with the added benefits of super anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids from the best premium stabilized ground flaxseed, stabilized rice bran & ground grain sorghum seed (two powerful plant-based antioxidants high in Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) to help build a strong immune system), Diamond V® Yeast (effective probiotic as an aid for digestion), biotin, and a custom-formulated vitamin/mineral mix. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of cell membrane integrity improves -- thus improving the level of optimal health. Omega GRANDE® eliminates the need for extra supplementation and can also be used as an alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic. It is readily accepted by horses and is easy to top serve over feed. The stabilized ground flaxseed in Omega GRANDE also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose. Omega GRANDE is very rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatories, so they help with the reduction and prevention of inflammation at the cellular level, hence they naturally work from the inside out in every cell to reduce and help prevent inflammation from joint pain and muscle tieing up -- and promote healing.

Omega GRANDE is made with stabilized, ground, full-fat, food-grade flaxseed and has a 100% Freshness Guarantee of 12 full months. Our food-grade manufacturing plant is located in Newton, WI -- so all our products are made in the USA. You can have confidence in the Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Triple-Cleaned, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax we use in our formulas -- as it is protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value

Ingredients: Stabilized Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Grain Sorghum, Yeast Culture, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6)

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein, % Min 16.0

Arginine, % Min. 0.884
Leucine, % Min. 0.772
Isoleucine, % Min. 0.559
Valine, % Min. 0.622
Lysine, % Min. 0.423
Phenylalanine, % Min. 0.490
Threonine, % Min. 0.411
Histidine, % Min. 0.234
Methionine, % Min. 0.211
Tryptophan, % Min. 0.155

Crude Fat, % Min. 22.0
Crude Fiber, % Max. 13.0
Calcium, % Min. 1.8
Calcium, % Max. 2.0
Phosphorus, % Min. 1.0
Magnesium, % Min. 0.43
Potassium, % Min. 0.62
Copper, ppm Min. 274.0
Selenium, ppm Min. 4.2
Zinc, ppm Min. 1,480.0
Manganese, ppm, Min. 61.0
Vitamin A, IU/lb. Min. 33,500
Vitamin E, IU/lb. Min. 1,500
Vitamin D, IU/lb. Min. 4,600
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, % Min. 8.0
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, % Min. 3.6
Omega-9 Fatty Acids, % Min. 4.1

Omega Essential Fatty Acid Content – per 3 scoop serving (228 g):
27,396 mg of Omega-3
12,390 mg of Omega-6
14,015 mg of Omega -9

Selenium, Biotin, and Kcal Content - Per 3 scoop serving (228 g):
0.95 mg of Selenium
5.0 mg of Biotin
1053.0 Kcal

Improve hoof strength and growth: Since poor hoof growth may be a sign of Omega-3 deficiency, and Omega GRANDE provides the highest levels of Omega-3 -- it is an excellent choice for helping create healthy strong thick-walled hoof growth without cracks. There is also 5.0 gr of Biotin per serving. Based on our customers' comments on the results they've seen -- they were able to cut way back on or discontinue any additional hoof supplements when supplementing with Omega GRANDE.

Beautiful shiny coat and healthy skin: Problems with poor hair condition or dull dry coat/skin may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse's body. The stabilized ground flax used in Omega GRANDE is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flax is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet may be missing. Also the custom-blended mix of required daily vitamins and minerals helps assure that your horse is getting the correct balance for all-over body health -- from the inside out. One of the first visible signs when supplementing with Omega GRANDE will be a soft shiny coat.

Digestive stability: Studies have shown that Diamond V Yeast enhances digestibility and hindgut fermentation. The ground flaxseed in the Omega GRANDE also acts as a digestive aid.

Alleviate inflammation associated with joint pain: The membrane, or outer coating, of every one of the billions of cells in the body are unusually rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact Omega-3 fatty acids are the structural fat that makes up this membrane and play a vital role in how cells function. To understand how Omega GRANDE® (as a rich source of stabilized Omega-3 essential fatty acids and immune building plant and vitamin based antioxidants) helps improve a horse's quality of life, let’s take a look at how cells behave when they are aging and/or damaged by trauma such as injury, surgery, over-training, allergic reactions, stress, or disease. When a cell is irritated or damaged, or when it begins to age, its membranes break down. As a result, compounds contained within the cell walls are released into the cell matrix. Some of these substances, such as histamine, give rise to inflammation and associated pain.

Inflammation is a horse's natural response to injury. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and moderate to intense discomfort. When a joint becomes inflamed, your horse may experience any or all of these symptoms. If this occurs in joint areas it can prevent the joint from moving properly, leading to stiffness and loss of function. Researchers have found that the "diseases of aging" or "damage by trauma" in horses have similar underlying factors: a decrease in cell stability leading to membrane damage and subsequent release of compounds that promote damage, spasm and inflammation.

The Omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants in Omega GRANDE® work by stabilizing the membranes of the cells, promoting healing of existing damage and helping to prevent further damage. On a practical level, this means quality of life is improved, and you will see your horse experiencing freedom from pain. Many customers are able to cut way back on or discontinue glucosamine supplements altogether.

Preventive benefits: Omega GRANDE's base of stabilized ground flax seed helps maintain proper fluid and electrolyte balance in the small intestine that will lessen the incidence of tieing up and muscle cramping. The proper mineral and vitamin nutrition (in Omega GRANDE's custom blend) is important to help minimize oxidative stress and promote proper muscle function.

Effective alternative for psyllium to prevent sand colic: The stabilized ground flax in Omega GRANDE contains a high mucilage gum content (soluble fiber) that swells and takes on a gel-like consistency when it enters the digestive system -- trapping and suspending sand, carrying it out -- helping prevent impaction and sand colic. (Mucilage gum is a type of polysaccharide that becomes viscous when mixed with water or other fluids.) There is no need for adding psyllium when supplementing with any of our flax-based Omega Fields' products.

There is a neat demonstration you can perform yourself that illustrates how effective the ground flax in Omega GRANDE is as a sand colic preventative. Mix Omega GRANDE with water and allow it to gel. Do the same thing with any product containing ground psyllium husks. The amount of "stickability" of each is very visible when you put a dipping or stirring stick into both the resulting mixtures. When you remove the stick you will be able to see how the material clings. When you remove the stick from the Omega GRANDE mixture, you will note the thicker "slime" or "goo" that coats the stick. This is the same slimy mucilage that forms when Omega GRANDE is fed to your horse and it is what suspends the sand, and carries it out of the horse's gut. When you remove the stick from the ground psyllium product mixture, you will note that the stick tends to "pop" free and there is less sticky "slime" or "goo".

Detailed Description of Platinum Performance: According to their website, Platinum Performance is a comprehensive foundation formula for all horses. However, we believe that Platinum Performance cannot be considered a mineral supplement beyond what is already present in the (some high carb!) ingredients. Major mineral levels are very low. Traces are also very low and in ratios that won't help a bit with most hays. The flax is a benefit, of course -- but you are getting that in Omega Horseshine (and it is stabilized and there is more of it per serving!).

Ingredients: Flax Seed, Flax Oil, Rice Bran, Lactose Free 75% Whey Protein Concentrate, Sunflower Seed, Soy Flour, Cane Molasses, Performance Minerals™, Osteon™ (Natural Zeolite), Calcium Carbonate, Bio-Sponge™, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Glucosamine Sulfate, Chromium Yeast, Selenium Yeast, Gamma Oryzanol, Pine Bark Extract, Aloe Vera Concentrate, Algal Omega-3 Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA),L-Carnitine Tartrate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Citrate, Manganese Citrate, Copper Gluconate, Cobalt Chelate, L-Lysine, L-Arginine, L-Glutamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Iodine Chelate, dl-Methionine, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid.

Note: Sugar (molasses) is added to Platinum Performance to make it more palatable to horses (it's the 7th ingredient). There is no sugar added to Omega GRANDE.

Bottom-line: Omega GRANDE is COMPLETE and is the only supplement your horses will need with either grass or hay. Omega Grande® is highest quality and economical per recommended serving --plus there is more Omega-3 per serving (27,396 mg per day with Omega GRANDE versus 18,900 mg per day with Platinum Performance). We would recommend that you could use Omega GRANDE to replace the Platinum Performance. As you would agree -- there is no point in you wasting your precious resources, time and energy!

Please keep in mind that these are only our feeding suggestions or recommendations. We believe it is always advisable to check with your equine nutritionist or your veterinarian concerning dietary changes you are considering for your horses.

Q: When feeding Omega Horseshine should you measure by volume or by weight? Just thought I'd check to be sure I'm feeding enough if I measure out 1 cup using a kitchen measuring cup.

A: Omega Horseshine is measured by dry weight volume -- a one cup standard kitchen measuring cup is excellent for your 1,000 to 1,200 lb horse!


Q: I currently feed my horses whole flax and black oil sunflower seeds. I was told that you should not feed only 1 of the 2 as you'd be causing an imbalance as one contains omega 3 and one omega 6?? If I were to purchase your product, would I need to continue feeding BOSS?

A: The goal in a horse feed supplement for your horse is to get as close a balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 as is found in their most natural forage -- natural grasses -- which have a ratio of 4 parts Omega-3 to 1 part Omega-6. The oil found in flax seed (a rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids) has the same ratio of essential fatty acids as natural grasses - 4 parts Omega-3 to 1 part Omega-6. This makes flax seed one of the most natural ways to supplement your horse with Omega-3 and Omega-6 -- with stabilized flax seed the safest choice for your horse health.

One thing to keep in mind concerning whole flax seeds is that the hard outer shell of the whole flax seed needs to be broken in order for any health benefits to be imparted to your horse's body. Otherwise, the seeds just get passed through and get excreted in the manure. So any seeds not being ground by your horse's teeth, simply pass through.

Of course, you can grind flax seeds yourself but because they have such a high oil content that starts oxidizing when it gets exposed to air (by the grinding) -- you have to be careful about the stability factor, because ground whole flax seed that hasn't been stabilized will go rancid if not properly stored. You have to refrigerate any leftover ground flax and keep it in the refrigerator (keeps only for a month or so).

The easiest and most convenient way to save yourself precious time and energy you would spend in grinding the flax is by using the stabilized, ground flax seed in Omega Horseshine. BOSS are fine as a treat (small palm full) because they are a rich source of Omega-6 essential fatty acids, as is most everything else in your horse's diet -- i.e. - all grains and feeds. BOSS do not contain any Omega-3 fats.

Bottom line: If you buy Omega Horseshine you do not need to continue to feed BOSS -- unless you just want to use them as a small treat (as suggested above).


Q: I recently began feeding Omega Horseshine® to my horse. Although I add it to his feed, he manages to work his way around the powder and most of it remains at the bottom of his feed dish. I was thinking about adding water to his pm serving of Purina Senior Horse Feed to make a "mash" and mixing Omega Horseshine® into the "mash". Is this an appropriate alternative way to feed Omega Horseshine® to my horse?

A: Fellow horse owners with "picky eaters" or horses that are not feeling well have successfully mixed Omega Horseshine® with one or more of the following: water, apple butter, apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, baby food, carrot juice, molasses -- to create a tasty, nutritious mash their horses love -- and their horses are getting the full flax seed benefit. Your idea of adding water to your horse's pm serving of Purina Senior Horse Feed to make a "mash" and mixing 1/4 cup of Omega Horseshine into the "mash" -- would be excellent! I also have a customer who told me he mixes the 1/2 cup Omega Horseshine® with just enough water to have it stick together and hand feeds it to his horse -- and his horse thinks it is a big treat! Please keep trying it for a bit -- as sometimes a horse needs a little extra time to get used to and accept something new.

Here is some excellent advice recently shared by one of our customers on one of the Yahoo Group Forums concerning Omega Horseshine® : "When you first start supplementing Omega Horseshine® to your picky eater, there may be a transition period where they go from thinking you are trying to poison them to mugging you at the gate to get their feed. Some horses start off hating it and refuse it for a few days while looking at you pitifully; others scoff down every bit and lick the bowl out right from the beginning. You'd have to experiment with your guys to find out what they think. But even the most suspicious horse will usually develop a taste for it, if you persevere."


Q: Do you think it is possible Omega Horseshine MAY help with my horse who battles sweet itch in the summer? I live in Minnesota.

A: Problems with sweet itch, dull coat, dry itchy skin, poor hoof growth, cracking/splitting hooves, arthritic pain, allergies, etc. may be attributed to an Omega-3 deficiency in the horse's body. The stabilized ground flax used in Omega Horseshine is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flax is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world). This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet is missing. Also essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body -- the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids do not normally get stored as fat. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of optimal health improves.

Our customers who have experienced Omega-3 deficiencies (or similar distressful problems) with their horses, have shared their successes with us. They agree that the horse needs to get a higher dosage every day for the short term in order to overcome the Omega-3 deficiency in their horse's system -- at least 2 to 3 cups of Omega Horseshine® per day (based on a 1,200 lb horse), for the short term, until the symptoms/condition of the Omega-3 deficiency are alleviated. Then, they would go back down to what was the maintenance amount for their horse -- for the long term. Note: With Omega Horseshine you don't have to keep supplementing at the high level for the long term. One-half cup to one cup (use standard size measuring cups) is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Horseshine for a 1,200 lb horse (adjust proportionally for weight of your pony). As with anything new you are adding to your horse's diet -- start gradually first week until you get to 1/2 cup, then increase as necessary.


Q: My full Friesian"Teun" is the type of horse that isn't fed any grain because he tends to be overweight. If you put him in a pasture with a round bale he will never pull his head out of it. Will he gain weight on the Omega Horseshine? He is in training and gets plenty of work but it just a VERY easy keeper. This is my main concern….

A: The stabilized ground flax seed used in Omega Fields' products is very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flax seed is the richest source of Omega-3 in the plant world -- 4 parts of Omega-3 to 1 part of Omega-6 (4:1 ratio) -- the same ratio as the natural fat found in fresh grasses. This makes it ideal because it is heavily tipped in favor of the Omega-3s your horse's diet is missing. Also Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the first fats that are used by the body because they are essential to the working of the body -- the outer layer of every cell in the body is made up of Omega-3 essential fatty acids -- especially the cells in the brain, eyes, and all organs. Essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3, do not normally get stored as fat so they will not put weight on an easy keeper. When the body has proper functional nutrition, in the right balance -- the level of optimal health improves.


Q: I was reading ingredients in Omega Horseshine® and it lists as the third ingredient ground oats--is this something to be concerned about in IR horses?

A: We're going to answer your ingredient question with some nutrition information, especially pertinent for IR horses. Omega Horseshine®'s base of stabilized ground flax is enhanced with a small percentage of biotin, Diamond V Yeast (probiotic), oats (antioxidant), vitamins, and chelated minerals. (In the formula there is .2% oats). When proper nutrition is present for the horse's body, the horse is better able to assimilate and utilize the Omega-3 essential fatty acid oil in the flax seed much more efficiently. The naturally occurring shorter chained Omega-3s in flax -- Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA / LNA) -- can effectively be converted by the body into the longer chained Omega-3s -- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docohexaenoic Acid (DHA) -- when the proper nutrition is present. The Omega Horseshine® formula helps assure the proper nutrition is present for maximum Omega-3 conversion. Thus, the horse has the full spectrum of Omega-3s available for optimum health. This translates into increased health benefits for the horse -- than would be available with plain ground flax seed.

The stabilized ground flax we manufacture and use in our formulas is Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure and Triple-Cleaned; protected from rancidity or loss of nutritional value; and guaranteed fresh for a full 18 months:

    * Proprietary stabilization technology (developed by our company and patented 25 years ago) provides a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich safe source of Omega-3 in the diet. Note: Our stabilization process is all natural, nothing is added, no chemicals used, the ground flax is kosher certified.
    * Proprietary stabilization technology includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. B-6 and Zinc fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the body when flax seed is being metabolized during digestion. Since ground flaxseed naturally contains B-6 and Zinc antagonists, it makes sense to fortify ground flaxseed with Vitamin B-6 and Zinc to assure proper nutrient absorption.
    * Omega Fields' manufacturing facility in Newton, Wisconsin (Made in the USA!), is American Institute of Baking (AIB) Quality Certified. Our SUPERIOR rating assures the highest manufacturing quality and safety. *Note: The AIB Quality Seal is a specialized certification program for food-grade manufacturing plants that establishes and recognizes a standard for consistency in product quality and safety. ENRECO® (our parent company) / Omega Fields® is very proud to have earned AIB's SUPERIOR Rating.
    * Flaxseed is contracted for and purchased from northern Canadian producers. Because of the rich soil and short, intense growing season -- the flaxseed from northern Canada contains a higher percentage of Omega-3 than other flaxseeds.
    * High quality standards mean that we reject more seed than we accept. Who do you think accepts the inferior seed we reject?

Also, the NSC level in Omega Horseshine® is well below the recommended levels for IR horses:
4,4% NSC (0.6% Starch, 3.8% Sugar) -- NSC Analysis (as fed) done by Dairy One, Inc


Q: How much flax seed oil would you give a 1000 pound horse to help with skin problems? Thanks for your help and I hope to hear from you soon.

A: Please see the following response from Eleanor Kellon, DMV -- to a similar question concerning the viability of using high Omega-3 capsules/oils -- copied from one of her emails to the Yahoo Cushings / IR Group
Subject: [EquineCushings] Re: Flax Seed Oil
Main problem with any high omega-3 oil capsules is having them go rancid on you. These oils are very fragile. I know I've had several bottles of both flax and evening primrose oil capsules that were rancid.
Sometimes you can even smell it, other times you don't know until after you've taken it and can taste it. Why don't you just get some ground stabilized flax or one of the other Enreco/Omega Fields products? www.omegafields.com Eleanor

FYI: This extremely informative group is co-owned by Dr. Eleanor Kellon DMV, highly respected Veterinarian, Author and Cushings/IR Expert.
Contact information: Post message: EquineCushings@yahoogroups.com Subscribe: EquineCushings-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Thank you for your interest in helping your horse's skin problem with Omega-3 rich oil. We promote the use of whole ground flax seed because the whole seed offers not only the Omega-3 essential fatty acids, but also more nutrition. Lignans (powerful antioxidants) and dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) are not present in flax oil. Yet, in the seed, these are found in generous quantities. Flax oil is very unstable and prone to oxidation if not kept refrigerated at all times. The special premium flax seed we use in all our products is stabilized before it’s ground to give it a one-year shelf life at room temperature.
You can save yourself some worry and effort by using our Omega Horseshine®. One-half cup per day is the recommended maintenance amount for a 1,200 lb. horse. The per-serving cost is very low, because there are 320 servings in a 50 lb. bag. You can have confidence in the Omega Fields® Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax we use in our Omega Horseshine® formula. Following are several reasons Omega Fields® Flax has a one-year shelf life. 1. Omega Fields® contracts for a specific stable palatable variety of flax containing more Omega-3.
2. We use our own patented stabilization process to provide a stable, fortified flaxseed composition as a rich source of Omega-3 in the diet.
3. Omega Fields® stabilization process binds (chelates) the naturally occurring lignans (powerfull antioxidants) in the flax seed to those wonderful essential fatty acids. Therefore, when the seeds are ground, the antioxidants serve to protect the integrity of the essential fatty acids for a year, and they get transferred to your horse's blood serum.
4. Another part of our stabilization process includes the inclusion of B-6 and Zinc when the seeds are going through the grinding process. B-6 and Zinc not only enhance the stabilization of the essential fatty acids, but also fortify the ground flax seed with the nutrients used by the horse's digestive system when flax seed is being metabolized.

Omega Fields® has never compromised the quality of our products and we never will.


Q. I have a mare that is allergic to oats, beets, and molasses. I am hesitant to use Horseshine because of the oats listed on the ingredient label. Can you recommend another product that will give my horse the same beautiful coat, but not aggravate her allergies?

A. Concerning your mare that is allergic to oats - we would recommend Omega Antioxidant as it does not contain any added oats, beets, or molasses in the formula. Omega Antioxidant is an Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 plant-based and vitamin-based antioxidant supplement for health, well-being, and longevity of all breeds of horses - it is the next step up from Omega Horseshine.

Omega Antioxidant contains the best premium, stabilized ground flaxseed, a synergistic blend of six all-natural antioxidants found in ground grain sorghum -- Lignans, Catechins, Quercetin, Taxifolin, Phytosterols, and Tocopherols -- with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. It is formulated to extend the longevity of your horse's active life by protecting against debilitating diseases. Two-thirds cup to one and one-third cups is the recommended daily maintenance amount for Omega Antioxidant.

Omega Antioxidant contains a base of Premium, Human-Grade, Non-GMO, 99.9% Pure, Stabilized, Ground, Fortified Flax to provide Omega-3 (LNA). About one half of LNA is utilized by the skin and coat (for health and shine), and the rest is used for muscles and modulating the immune system to prevent hyper-immune disorders, heart arrhythmia and excess platelet aggregation. This base of Stabilized Flax is blended with the special variety of high-antioxidant ground grain sorghum seed which we contract for. Premium sorghum is a rich source of polyphenol (plant-based) anti-oxidizing power. Polyphenols also act to regenerate Vitamin E after it becomes oxidized.

Since numerous forms of free radicals are produced in an animals' body, it makes sense to supplement your horse's diet with the wide range of antioxidants found in Omega Antioxidant. Per serving, the special synergistic variety of natural antioxidants contains more polyphenol anti-oxidizing power than chemical-based antioxidant ingredients. Scientific studies have indicated that antioxidants are most effective and safest when combined in a team effort -- they may help in preventing debilitating disease – and that is something we all want for our horses!
Q: Are there any side effects from feeding your horse supplements?

A: The only side effect is that your horses will be taking a step closer to optimal health.


Q: I have a horse with allergy problems - would you recommend Omega Horseshine®?

A: The mention of your horse’s allergy problems brought to mind an interesting testimonial we just heard last week. One of our dealers in Wyoming called to say that one of this customers is a veterinarian for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl’s horses at Senator Kohl’s ranch in Sheridan, Wyoming. The vet tried our Omega Horseshine® on a horse troubled with allergies. The symptoms disappeared! Then he took the horse off Omega Horseshine®. The symptoms reappeared! Needless to say, he put the horse back on Omega Horseshine® and is a very satisfied customer.


Q: Is flax sold for animal purposes lesser quality than for human purposes, i.e. is it safe for human consumption when sold for animal consumption? What is the difference?

A: Omega Fields flax is premium, non-GMO, high-quality, cleaned to 99.9% purity, human-grade flax. Our business has made the decision to use only this highest quality flax for all of our human and animal products. Feed-grade flax is a lesser quality flax that contains different percentages of Omega-3 and has a high percentage (up to 8%) of dockage. Dockage is debris from the field and can be toxic and bad tasting weed seeds, dirt, bugs, or even manure. Perhaps this is how some companies can offer such low prices


Q: When I feed Omega Horseshine®, is there any chance of over supplementation if I’m also feeding another probiotic/vitamin/mineral supplement?

A: The biotin and vitamins and minerals are a value-added addition to Omega Horseshine® to enhance our product. They are not intended to be the daily required amounts. There should be no problem adding a ½ cup serving of Omega Horseshine® as a supplement to your horse’s current diet.


Q: I’m looking for something to bring out some shine in my horse’s coat. Will Omega Horseshine® help?

A: Omega Horseshine® will definitely give your horse’s coat a beautiful bloom!


Q: Would it be okay to feed your Omega Horseshine® to our dogs, cats and goats?

A: Actually, both dogs and goats (and pot-bellied pigs or rabbits if you have them) would do very well on our Omega Horseshine® -- fed at the rate of 1 teaspoon for every 20 pounds of animal weight. Your cats will only need a very little sprinkled on their food to get the benefits.


Q: Some flax products are genetically altered ..Such as in the case of a product called “Golden Flax”…Is your product genetically altered in any way?

A: Omega Fields® is very proud that we always have and always will continue our commitment to use only non-GMO ingredients.
Q: Is the relationship between the supposed suppression of thyroid function and cyanogenic glycosides in flax a valid concern in supplementing a 1,200 pound horse with 1/2 cup ground flax seed (Omega Horseshine®) per day?

A: Flax contains cyanogenic glycosides. Under extreme conditions (pH1 or less), cyanide can be produced – but has never been reported to happen in mammals. Instead, cyanate is produced which is non-toxic. The US FDA did a study in which they fed 10, 20, and 40% of the diet as flax and found no harmful effects of any sort.

Within the context of everything else a 1200 pound horse would be eating, there is very little likelihood 1/2 cup of ground flax seed will have any significant effect on thyroid function. Even less likely if the diet is properly fortified with selenium, which is required to detoxify the antithyroid factors. Frankly, if suppression from a dietary factor is suggested, you should be much more suspicious of soy.

If you are still concerned, would simply suggest that you monitor thyroid function tests before starting and six weeks after starting, with no other dietary or management changes in between.


Q: I am trying to find a supplement for my equine diagnosed with diabetes - not Cushings. He drinks 45 gallons of water a day. I have him on daily electrolytes, yeast, and vitamins. He is on high fat grain. Do you have a supplement that I can add?

A: We consulted with Eleanor Kellon, VMD -- Veterinary Editor of The Horse Journal -- with regards to your question. Following is her answer. We encourage you to join her Yahoo Equine Cushings group to learn about additional successful strategies: "A few ounces of Omega Horseshine® will be fine, certainly not harmful, and may be helpful. However, the dietary management of these horses is VERY complex and involves controlling the simple carbohydrate level in their diet (absolutely no grain whatsoever of any type, etc.), regular exercise if they don't have laminitis already and very, very strict balancing and supplementation of key minerals. To accomplish that, they need a hay analysis. High fat diets are also NOT a good idea! If this horse is actually diabetic (elevated blood sugars), he may indeed have Cushings. You might want to suggest to your customer that they join the Yahoo Equine Cushings group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EquineCushings/ - I am a moderator. The horses there are dealing very successfully with these issues - whether they are Cushings related or not." We're always excited about finding and sharing information that will help our customers and their animals obtain optimal health. We have the advantage of being part of an extensive "network of experts" who provide up-to-date, cutting-edge nutritional knowledge.


Q: I read somewhere that the ground flax in Omega Horseshine® can replace psyllium husks for routine prevention of sand colic in horses (as opposed to using Sand Clear tm). Is that right?

A: Yes, the premium, stabilized, ground, fortified flax seed used in Omega Horseshine®, Omega Antioxidant and Omega Grande® contains a high mucilage (soluble fiber) content that swells and takes on a gel-like consistency, helping prevent sand colic and impaction. Flax mucilage traps and suspends sand, carrying it out. The flax also acts to buffer excess acid and aids in the stabilization and modulation of blood glucose. You can discontinue psyllium, if you supplement with Omega Horseshine® everyday -- plus your horse will have the benefit of Omega-3 essential fatty acid for a beautiful coat and optimal health.