Fish Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Exploring the Difference
There’s a lot of info out there about fish oil, and just as much about coconut oil. If you don’t want to wade through it all, keep reading for our quick comparison.
What is fish oil?
Aside from “oil from fish,” it’s a long-chain fatty acid and an Omega 3 polyunsaturated fat. The essential fatty acids in fish oils from cold-water fish (EFAs) are called EPA and DHA.
EPA and DHA are primarily known to support brain function, cardiovascular health, eye health, and a healthy inflammatory response.
For dogs, they’re often used as supplementation to support a healthy skin and coat, including elasticity and shine.
How does this work?
EPA and DHA are converted by the body into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins that regulate cell activity, thereby supporting such functions as a healthy inflammatory response.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a medium-chain fatty acid and a saturated fat, but not like those found in animal fats. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid.
Because coconut oil is comprise of medium-chain fatty acids and not long-chain, it is converted to different substances in the body and offers different support.
Lauric acid converts to monoglyceride monolaurin, the most potent monoglyceride of lauric acid. It supports the combat of viral, bacterial and protozoal infections.
MCFAs are also broken down and used by the body to contribute to energy levels and metabolism, which can be beneficial for overweight or inactive dogs.
Many people spread pure coconut oil on their dogs’ coats to support shine, as well.
So, which is better? The truth is, the two types of oils are simply different.
One is more related to prostaglandin production and is therefore supportive of all functions that involve a healthy inflammatory response, including joint health, mobility, skin elasticity, neurological health, and more.
The other supports anti-viral and bacterial functions, as well as skin health and metabolism.
Which one do you choose to use in your home? Do you use these oils for yourself, for your dogs and cats, or perhaps both? Share your story on our Facebook page!