dac® Breeders Excel provides a direct source of DHA to mature breeding horses. DHA may support normal semen quality and reproductive function. Omega 3 fatty acids include a-linolenic acid (ALA, plant sources such as flax), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, marine sources such as algae), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, marine sources such as algae). There is NO EPA/DHA in any plants like flax, chia, hemp etc. The body does not utilize ALA directly, it must first be converted to EPA and DHA this conversion rate is poor. In order to be reaping the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids we should be feeding direct sources of DHA.
omega 3 – Semen from stallions contains high levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. High concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids in semen have been shown to increase fertility. Omega 3 fatty acids are considered essential to the horse and may possess the following beneficial properties: increase semen quality and increase vitamin E status.
DHA – DHA is a major poly unsaturated fatty acid in semen. Stallions supplemented with DHA have been shown to have significantly increased number of sperm per ejaculate, increased motility of sperm and decreased dead and abnormal sperm compared to non-supplemented stallions. Supplementation with DHA also increases the number of motile sperm after cooled or frozen storage