When our customers requested a soy-free organic egg, we began hatching a plan to feed our soy-free hens the best diet possible. With the help of our nutritionist, we scrambled up a blend of organic grains and seeds to replace the nutritional content of the soy. In addition, we added organic flaxseed to boost the omega-3 fatty acid content in the eggs. Why is flaxseed such an excellent supplement in the diet of hens? Below are some reasons why.
Healthy Fat: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the main element of flax. All of the omega-3 fatty acids contribute to overall health in infants and adults, but ALA leads the pack. In addition, once ingested by humans, ALA splits into two other omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Thus, eating just one omega-3 enriched egg raises the levels of three omega-3 fatty acids in the body.
Healthy Heart: Research has shown that the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from eggs reduces blood pressure and serum triglycerides in humans. Furthermore, researchers found that omega-3’s decrease platelet activity in the blood. A build up of platelets can contribute to plaque build up in the arteries, which leads to coronary artery disease.
Healthy Population: Currently, the average American does not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the presence of omega-3’s is at a historically low rate compared to the presence of omega-6’s (studies show that these omegas should be consumed at a ratio of 1:1). Keeping the ratio of these in balance helps the body convert ALA to DHA and EPA. In addition, a diet rich in omega-3’s can lead to healthy eyes and decreased risk of dementia.
At Chino Valley Ranchers, we take the health of our hens and our customers very seriously. That’s why we only feed our egg-laying hens an organic diet that is free of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones. Contact us today for more information about our soy free, omega-3 enriched eggs.