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Equine Athletes Share Their Omega-3 Secrets

By
Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD
May 25, 2010

What if a supplement could make exercising easier and more efficient? Well, the long-kept secret of the horse world is out, and it’s good news for athletes, morning joggers and couch potatoes alike. The omega-3 benefits seen in horses produce similar results for their human counterpart.

As many Omega Cure customers know, Omega3 Innovations’ sister company, Wellpride, creates a fish oil supplement for competitive sports horses. How does omega-3 fish oil give horses a leg up on the competition?

Horse owners have reported improved athletic performance when they supplement their horses’ feed with Wellpride, citing improved endurance, increased stride, and a decrease in recovery time. Whether sprinting in the Kentucky Derby or jumping over stone walls in competitions, these horses face a demanding physical routine that requires optimal fitness.

Equine athletes have for years used omega-3 fish oil as part of their and their horses’ diets.

US Olympian Gina Miles and her horse McKinlaigh are an example of improved performance from omega-3 fish oil. One year after using Wellpride as a feed supplement, Miles and McKinlaigh took the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

“McKinlaigh was not only the fastest of the U.S. horses, but he also recovered the fastest and was one of only three clean show jumping rounds,” said Miles following her Pan American victory.

Studies show that omega-3 regulates the heartbeat, which means a steadier pulse during a long run. Omega-3 also acts as the body’s natural anti-inflammation agent. Because omega-3 eases joint pains and muscle soreness after working out, less inflammation means a faster recovery time.

If you are not convinced to put on your running shoes just yet, listen to this heartening study: according to the American Society for Nutrition, consuming omega-3 fish oil alongside a regular exercise routine significantly reduces body fat, more so than exercise alone.

With all the good news about omega-3 fish oil and exercise, you’ll probably want to do an extra lap in celebration. But make sure your swig contains 2-3 teaspoons of fish oil – the dose necessary to kick your personal best up a notch or two.

Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD

Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. Dr. Chalmers practiced medicine for many years, serving both at high-tech hospitals and as a community health worker in rural Norway. Together with Dr. Martinsen, she later co-founded Wellpride LLLP dba Omega3 Innovations and is the joint holder of several patents that facilitate the ingestion of multiple medication combinations. Today, she serves as the president of Omega3 Innovations.

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