If you've been wondering, "Is Red Palm Oil good for parrots?,"the short answer is, “yes”. It's very good for parrots. In this blog post I'll describe why so many avian vets and bird nutritionists endorse red palm oil for parrots.
Sadly, Red Palm Oil for parrots has received a “bad rap.”That’s understandable.
First of all, if it's not sustainably produced it can be bad for the environment. Irresponsible production has contributed greatly to deforestation. Sadly, millions of orangutans have been displaced.
There are a number of small farming operations who use responsible, sustainable farming practices through the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).
UnRuffledRx is proud to have partnered with them to bring UnRuffledRx Red Palm Oil for Parrots. Even though it's more expensive, we’ve opted to carry only RSPO-certified Red Palm Oil.
From a nutritional perspective, red palm oil is known to be high in saturated fat.This can make it bad for cardiovascular health. Especially in large quantities.
According to Healthline.com,Palm oil comes from the fleshy fruit of oil palms. Unrefined palm oil is sometimes referred to as red palm oil because of its reddish-orange color.
Palm Oil is semi-solid at room temperature. It’s melting point is 95°F.
When fed correctly red palm oil is very good for birds.
Here is the nutritional content of one tablespoon (14 grams) of palm oil (1):
Avian veterinarians often recommend red palm oil for parrots that are experiencing skin and feather problems, for its medicinal use.
It’s especially helpful for African Grey Parrots, Macaws and Palm Cockatoos. The health benefits Red Palm Oil is unique in the bioavailability of nutrients that parrots need!
Research on human subjects reveals that Red Palm Oil, sometimes called Dende Palm Fruit Oil has these benefits:
UnRuffledRx Red Palm Oil is one of the richest, bird-safe, natural sources of carotenoids that you can offer your parrot.
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 body tissues and soothe the skin. 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?
Red palm oil is a rich resource ofVitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, Antioxidants, Beta Carotene and Carotenoids (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 fatty acids to convert the Carotenes.
Fruits and vegetables that contain Carotenoids, such as squash, carrots, and mangos, are not necessarily rich in important, essential fats.
Actually, both red palm oil and coconut oil have health benefits. and, you should consider using both of these fats in your bird's diet. Both red palm oil and coconut oil are considered Essential Fatty Acids, or EFA’s.
EFA’s Are important for reproduction, feather production, and a healthy immune system. Your bird requires EFA’s to properly absorb important vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.
You've probably heard of Omega fatty acids. Most notable are Omega-3 Omega-6.
Red palm oil contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6. Omega-3 is needed to replace old and dying cells. Omega-6 is also known as linoleic. This fatty acid supports your bird's skin, feathers, normal reproduction, and normal organ function.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is rich in medium chain triglycerides, or MCT’s. The body uses MCTS as an energy source. coconut oil has been shown to reduce cancer risk and degenerative conditions like arthritis. It also supports the metabolism and balances hormones.
Unfortunately, a lot of bird owners overlook the importance of essential fatty acids in their birds' diets.
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Parrot’s, like most pets, are often reluctant to try a new supplement.
That’s normal. It’s not the taste. Parrots only have about 30% of the taste buds that you and I have. They're more worried about whether the new supplement is safe to eat.
In conclusion, I shared with you the importance of finding sustainably produced red palm oil to feed your pet bird. I've also talked about coconut oil. Both of these products provide important nutrients for you as well as your bird! And, they should be an important part of your bird's diet.
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