There are many differences between Fish Oils and Virgin Coconut oil, starting with their physical structure. The structure of fish oils and coconut oil is very different, and fish oils and coconut oil are used and metabolized differently in the body.
Saturated fats are made of single carbon bonds, which means that the oil if stable and not prone to oxidation or free-radical formation. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and has shown no signs of rancidity even after three years of storage.
Fish oils primarily have an anti-inflammatory effect, and may help against heart diseases and cancer. EPA and DHA are converted into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.
EPA and DHA in fish oils primarily support healthy brain function and normal eye health. DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye.
Studies further show that omega-3 fatty acids may help dogs with osteoarthritis, supporting healthy mobility and bone health.
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You may give coconut oil along with and fish oils. Some veterinarians recommend rotating oils, as some animals may develop sensitivities and allergies to Fish oils, especially if given daily, over long periods of time. It is always best to provide as much variety as possible when giving your pets supplements and treats, to ensure your pet is getting as much nutritional support as possible.
Alternating coconut oil with fish oils will provide your pet with the best possible variety, as well as adding coconut chips to his repertoire of treats.
Talk to your holistic veterinarian about incorporating virgin coconut oil in your pets diet.