Red Palm Oil for Parrots
Red Palm Oil or Dende Fruit for parrots has received a “bad rap” on some blogs lately, but many avian vets encourage using this nutritious oil to supplement your birds diet, when used as directed. I don't know about you, but I trust my Avian Vet to be very knowledgeable about my birds’ nutrition requirements and the effects of good, natural nutrition. Sure, they might sell the stuff, but they also sell necessary pharmaceuticals!
Why Offer Red Palm Oil for Parrots?
Especially helpful for African Grey Parrots, Macaw's and Palm Cockatoo's the health benefits Red Palm Oil are tremendous for all birds! Research on human subjects reveals that Red Palm Oil, sometimes called Dende Palm Fruit Oil has these benefits:
- Decreases incidence of arteriosclerosis.
- Lowers blood cholesterol.
- Decreases occurrence of blood clots by increasing vasodilatation.
- Lowers incidence of strokes and heart attacks.
- Improves immune function.
Red Palm oil for parrots is one of the richest, bird safe, natural sources of carotenoids. Carotenoids offer important antioxidant and anticancer effects. Antioxidants “forage” free, radicals, thereby reducing known risks associated with heart disease, cellular aging, cancer and arthritis. Carotenoids are also known to repair of body tissues. They assist in the formation of bones, improve the resistance to infection and aid in the development of healthy eye tissues. Who doesn’t want these benefits for their bird?
A rich resource of Vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, Antioxidants, Beta Carotene and Carotenes (Vitamin A precursors), your bird would have to consume overwhelming amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables to receive the benefits found in just ¼ teaspoon of Red Palm Oil. But, on top of that little factoid, the body requires oil to convert the Carotenes.
Fruits and vegetables that contain Carotenes, such as squash, carrots and mangos, are not necessarily rich in the important oils.
Several of our customers tell us that they've seen a marked difference in their pet birds feathering, beak condition and disposition when using 1/4 teaspoon or less Red Palm Oil to lightly coat nutritious foods. Not only do they tell us that the individual feathers are much brighter and stronger, but that their birds skin is more supple. One customer, Suzie M., has had a feather plucking African Grey Parrot who refined his feather plucking habit over the course of many years.
Suzie had tried everything she could think of until she stumbled upon Red Palm Oil. Well, actually, her vet recommended it! She found it at BirdSupplies.com. While she's taken other steps to improve her birds nutritional intake and reduce overall anxiety, she believes that the benefits associated Red Palm Oil have made all the difference in the worlds with her bird. Even her groomer has attested that Gizmo's feathers are more normal than he has ever seen them. Plus, Gizmo is now chewing on wood rather than his own feathers.
The groomer says that prior to serving up AviGlow, Gizmo's beak was in such poor condition that it would crack when he tried to play with his bird toys. Now, Gizmo's beak is in much healthier condition and he is actually able to chomp on wood rather than chewing feathers and scratching his skin! The fact that he receives the enrichment that bird toys have to offer reduces his anxiety and helps him feel more confident. A bird safe brand of Red Palm Oil is Avitech AviGlo.
Tell us about your experiences with Red Palm Oil and Parrots in the comments section below.
- Diane Burroughs, LCSW