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What Is The Best Source of Omega 3? Fish oils, Plant or Krill?

5 Oct

What is the best source of Omega-3?

What Are Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids?

Omega 3’s are found in all animals, including seafood.  They are named ‘essential’ because the body cannot manufacture them and they are necessary for good health – this means they must be provided through diet or supplementation.

There are 3 commercial sources of Omega 3’s:

  • Fish oil
  • Plant (flax seed, etc)
  • Krill oil

Fish oil is the most popular source of Omega 3, and plant sources are generally chosen by vegetarians or vegans as well as people who may have concerns about the toxicity of other sources.

It is worth noting that Omega 3’s in the form that your body requires (EPA/DHA) is only found in animals, including seafood – not in plant sources.  Plant sources provide Omega 3 in the form of ALA, which has to be converted into EPA/DHA by the body.  While this can be done, it requires energy and nutrients, so is not ideal.

By the way, if you only want to consider plant sources of Omega 3 for your own reasons, I’d suggest you take a look at sacha inchi oil which seems to be a better option than flax seed oil due to the lingans that that contains and which can interfere with hormone balance.

Krill oil is a recent addition to the options of Omega 3 sources.  Krill is a small, shrimp-like crustacean that feeds on phytoplankton before being eaten by whales, fish, penguins and even squid.  Krill oil marketers claim that it is a superior product because the fatty acid is attached to a phospholipid, while fish oil fatty acids are attached to a triglyceride – this is supposedly a benefit because it means that the fatty acid can reach the intestines more rapidly.

However, Omega 3 products are required to support a wide range of body systems over a sustained period, and so at this time there is no evidence to validate that the speed of entry makes any difference to the health benefits already documented as being achieved through supplementing a fish oil supplement.

The majority of research demonstrating a long list of health benefits is based on EPA/DHA Omega 3’s obtained from fish oil supplements in the triglyceride form, and so this is my recommended source of Omega 3.  You can order my recommended and personally used Omega 3 supplement at a great discount – and with a 100% money back guarantee – here.

Is It Safe To Supplement Fish Oils (Omega 3s) During Pregnancy?

4 Nov

This is a question I get asked fairly often, so I thought I would place the answer here for everyone.

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital during pregnancy.  They are essential both for your wellbeing and the development of the baby growing inside you – particularly their nerve and brain development. 

However, you must select your omega-3 supplement very carefully as many brands are not as pure as you may think, or they may claim. 

(I do recommend specific brands – please contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk for details)

Some people make the mistake of supplementing cod liver oil during pregnancy, which can be dangerous as these supplements can contain excess levels of retinol. 

Omega-3s can be provided by oily fish, however this should not be done as an alternative to supplementing.  When eating a diet high in oily fish it is important to remember two things.  Firstly, that tuna (a common fish choice) has a high mercury content and so should be limited.  Secondly, that all fish are forced to live in the world’s polluted waters, and should therefore also be eaten 2-3 times a week as a maximum.

And so, not only is it safe to supplement omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy, it is vital that you do so.

For more information, feel free to contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk

Do I Really Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

7 Sep

Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that your needs to maintain good health.

Two omega 3 fatty acids are especially important; EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  It is imperative that adequate levels of these are provided.

For centuries, this was not a problem as people received adequate amounts in their diet.  However, due to commercial farming practices and a lack of natural grazing, produce and livestock now provide little, if any, omega 3 fatty acids.

Furthermore, our modern diet is dominated by grains and seed oils, providing us with too much omega 6.  While omega 6 is important, is competes with omega 3 for space in our cells.  Ideally, there should be a balance of the two, but modern diet has created a 30:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.

This imbalance has contributed to many of the diseases associated with the Western diet.

The human body can’t produce omega 3 fatty acids and our diet generally doesn’t, so it’s essential that everyone takes fish oil supplements.

(Think you’re getting adequate omega 3’s from oily fish?  Farm-raised fish are grain fed, meaning they actually contain more omega 6.  And if you’re relying on flaxseed, don’t.  Flaxseed provides the ALA form of omega 3, which the body must convert to EPA/DHA.  Now our bodies are amazing, but they’re not so good at this particular job, meaning it’s virtually impossible to receive adequate omega 3 from flaxseed.)

It is vital that everyone includes a fish oil supplement in their personal health programme.

To order, or learn more, contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk