Organic Chia Seeds

Organic Chia Seeds contain (ALA)

ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (ALA)

Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid but it does not appear to have direct functions when feeding dogs and cats. However, there is evidence to suggest that it may contribute to a healthy water barrier. Additionally, ALA fatty acid is a precursor for Eicosapentaenoic and Docosahexaenoic acid (EPA/DHA); however ALA should not be relied upon for EPA/DHA since the conversion rate in dogs and cats is poor.

In nutritional analysis, ALA can be identified by “18:3 (n-3)” or “all-cis-9,12,15-octadecatrienoic acid” in analysis and literature. The National Research Council (NRC) for dogs and cats provides recommended amounts for α-linolenic acid (ALA) per 1000 kcal:

Adult Dogs

0.11g recommended allowance

Puppies

0.2g recommended allowance

Adult Cats

No established minimum or recommended allowance

Kittens

0.05g recommended allowance

α-Linolenic Acid (ALA) is primarily found in seeds but can be found in some animal foods. Pasture raised meats will provide a higher ALA fatty acid profile in comparison to commercially farmed meats. However, the highest concentrations are found in seeds.


Chia Seeds

1oz (28g) = 5.09g