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April Showers Bring Omega-3 Powers: The Benefits of Seal Oil

27 March 2023
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The proverb ” Never cast a clout till May is out” serves as a reminder of the unpredictable Canadian Spring weather, as well as the importance of maintaining good health in the face of changing spring conditions in Canada. Omega-3 supplements, such as seal oil, can be a valuable tool in supporting overall health and immune function, particularly during the transition from cooler to warmer temperatures. This article will take you on a journey of exploring the incredible benefits of seal oil, not just for you but for your furry friends as well!


Seal Oil for Humans

While many people turn to fish oil supplements for their Omega-3 intake, there is another superior source that is less commonly known: seal oil. Seal oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and it has been used for centuries by Indigenous communities in the North.


Seal oil is a better source of omega-3 than fish oil because it includes Docosapentaenoic Acid (DPA), which allows the body to retain, absorb, and utilize Omega-3s more effectively[1].  DPA is an important omega-3 fatty acid found in seal oil that is not present in most fish oil supplements. The unique combination of EPA, DHA, and DPA in seal oil makes it a complete source of omega-3 fatty acids.


1. Heart Health

Several large-scale studies have demonstrated that increasing the intake of omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease. For example, one study published in 2006 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) (omega-3) may be effective in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease[2]. Omega-3s have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing inflammation and reducing blood pressure.

2. Brain Health

Omega-3s are also important for brain health, as they are a major component of brain cell membranes. Additionally, the omega-3s have been linked to improved brain function, mood regulation, and cognitive performance, making it a valuable supplement for anyone looking to support their mental health. One study published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2005 proved that Omega-3 supplementation is associated with an improvement of attentional and physiological functions, particularly those involving complex cortical processing[3].

3. Joint Health

Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body and alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3s have been widely investigated in scientific research. A 2015 study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy also suggested that omega-3 supplementation new potential therapeutic strategy for resolving inflammation in arthritis[4].

How to Incorporate Seal Oil into Your Diet

Seal oil can be consumed in a variety of ways, including taking supplements or adding them to your food. Here are some ways to incorporate seal oil into your diet:


Seal oil supplements are available in capsules or liquid form. Simply take the seal oil as you would any other supplement. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you live in Canada, you can easily find seal oil products in health food stores or online retail platforms. It’s important to choose a high-quality supplement that is free of contaminants and has been third-party tested for heavy metals.



Seal oil can be added to smoothies for a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of omega-3s. Simply blend your liquid-flavored seal oil with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients for a healthy and delicious smoothie.


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Seal Oil for Pets

Just as seal oil offers significant health benefits for humans, it also can provide a range of benefits for pets. Dogs and cats, like humans, require omega-3 fatty acids to maintain optimal health.


Some of the specific benefits associated with seal oil for pets include improved coat and skin health, reduced inflammation, and support for joint health. The omega-3s in seal oil can help to improve the immune system in older pets, making it an excellent supplement for senior dogs and cats.


1. Healthy Skin and Shiny Coat

Omega-3s are essential for maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat in pets. They help reduce inflammation, which can cause itching and skin irritations. A 1994 study published in the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology found that dogs fed a diet supplemented with marine oil had improved skin and coat conditions compared to those fed a control diet. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of Omega-3 as an alternative anti-inflammatory for canine pruritic skin disease[5].

2. Joint Health

Like humans, pets can also suffer from joint pain and stiffness. Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation and improve joint mobility in pets with arthritis and other joint conditions. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition found that dogs with osteoarthritis who were fed a diet supplemented with Omega-3 had significantly improved mobility and performance in activities of daily living compared to those fed a control diet[6]. Omega-3s have been scientifically proven to support joint health in humans and pets alike

3. Good for old pets 

As pets age, their immune system may weaken, making them more susceptible to infections and diseases. By maintaining a healthy immune system in older pets, we can help them stay healthy and live longer happier lives. Omega-3s in seal oil can also support the immune system in pets, helping to fight off infections and diseases. One 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association proved that Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and other marine sources appear to be capable of modifying inflammatory and immune responses in aged dogs[7]. 

How to Incorporate Seal Oil into Your Pet’s Diet

Seal oil can also be added to your pet’s diet in a variety of ways. Here are 2 ways to incorporate seal oil into your pet’s diet:

Food Topping

Seal oil can be added as a food topper to your pet’s meals. Simply drizzle seal oil over your pet’s food and mix well. This will provide your pet with the omega-3 benefits they need for a healthy and shiny coat. Seal oil is especially ideal for picky eaters because the delicious taste helps them finish their meals with ease.


Seal oil capsules can be given to dogs as a tasty and nutritious treat. Just give one or two capsules to your dog, depending on their size and dietary needs, and let them enjoy the delicious flavor of this health supplement. Your dog will love the taste, and you can feel good knowing that you are providing them with a beneficial source of omega 3.



April showers bring more than May flowers. Seal oil is a powerful source of nutrition that offers a range of health benefits for both humans and pets. So whether you’re looking to boost your own health or support your pet’s well-being, consider incorporating seal oil into your diet this Spring and see the difference that it can make.


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