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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Oil inflamation

What is it about corn and soybean oil that causes inflamation? I read from another nutritionist who studies EPSM and added fat that those two were fine but linseed oil should not be given in large amounts because that could cause inflamation. Now I'm confused :o) - P.S. I am very interested in becoming an Equine nutritionist myself - any advice or tips?

Where are you from? US

How did you locate this forum? Searching for equine nutrition

Re: Oil inflamation

Hello Tiffini,

Linseed (flaxseed) oil is very high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which actually reduce inflammation, not increase it.

Corn and soybean oils are very high in the essential amino acid, linoleic acid, which belongs to the Omega 6 family of fatty acids. Linoleic acid is a precursor to the development of prostaglandins, which promote inflammation. While horses require some linoleic acid, too much can be troublesome. Therefore, I do not generally recommend feeding these oils.

Soybean oil is a little better than corn oil because in addition to linoleic acid, it also contains linolenic acid, which is an Omega 3 fatty acid. In fact, it does have about 10% linolenic acid. However, its highest concentration is linoleic acid, the Omega 6 fatty acid.

I’m pleased that you are interested in learning more about becoming an equine nutritionist. Anyone can call themselves an “equine nutritionist” since there is no license required. So it is important to have to proper credentials to use the term appropriately. To become an equine nutritionist, you will want to earn a bachelor’s and at least a master’s degree in the field of animal science or animal nutrition. And, continuing on for your Ph.D. would be most desirable. Look for a university that has an agricultural program. These universities generally have a veterinary school, and offer graduate degrees in a variety of animal-related fields.

I hope this helps!

All the best,

Dr. Getty