I've been hearing a lot about omega-3 eggs. Can you tell me more about them?

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    Nov 11, 2014
    FAQ: I’ve been hearing a lot about omega-3 eggs. Can you tell me more about them?

    A: This is a great question! Omega-3 fatty acids have become a popular topic lately because more research is showing that they are an important part of your diet. Many institutions, including Harvard School of Public Health, have listed benefits of consuming enough of this essential nutrients.1

    Human nutritionists often look at two types of beneficial fatty acids: omega-3’s and omega-6’s. Each of these nutrients is essential to the diet. The most important part of the story though is balance. For these nutrients to work their best, they should be consumed in equal levels.

    Unfortunately, the typical American diet contains more omega-6 than omega-3. To even out the balance, the necessary omega-3’s can come from your diet.

    Traditional sources of omega-3’s include fish, nuts and green, leafy vegetables. Today, we are able to add farm fresh eggs to the list of foods that are high in omega-3’s.

    For hens to produce eggs with added omega-3’s, it all comes back to nutrition. This is because hens are excellent feed converters, channeling nutrients from their feed into their eggs. Commercially-fed hens typically produce a 56-gram egg with about 50 milligrams of omega-3.

    We recently looked for ways to increase omega-3 from that 50-milligram mark. On our farm, we conducted several studies and tried many feed combinations, and we found specific nutrients that hens easily transfer directly into their eggs. By adding some next level nutrients into Purina[​IMG] Layena[​IMG] crumbles and pellets and then creating Purina[​IMG] Layena[​IMG] Plus Omega-3, hens were able to produce omega-3 enriched eggs with 250 milligrams of omega-3.3

    The benefit of omega 3 chicken feed primarily impacts egg production. Purina[​IMG] Layena[​IMG] Plus Omega-3 starts with the same essential nutrients for hens as our other complete layer feeds. The difference is that it also includes additional nutrients to help helps lay more nutritious eggs.

    Here’s a video that tells more about omega-3 eggs:


    Have you fed for omega-3 eggs? Have questions about feeding a layer feed that includes omega-3? Share your experiences and questions below!

    [1] “Omega-3 fatty acids: An essential contribution.” Harvard School of Public Health. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/. 9 December 2016.
    [2] “About the U.S. Egg Industry.” American Egg Board. http://www.aeb.org/farmers-and-marketers/industry-overview. 9 December 2016.
    [3] When fed a diet of Layena[​IMG] Plus Omega-3 exclusively for at least 3 weeks. Based on large egg (50g). Results may vary with factors such as total diet and hen health. Compared to a typical egg that contains 65mg omega-3 fatty acids.

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