Unless you have been living under a rock, it is unlikely that you haven’t been bombarded by the so-called importance of supplementing with Omega-3’s. These fatty acids (fatty not being a bad thing) are responsible for, among many things:
- brain health,
- muscle formation,
- heart health,
- lubricated joints,
- acting as a potent anti-inflammatory
- and are essential for beautiful and glowing skin.
Unfortunately, in the Standard American Diet (SAD) it is hard, if not impossible, to get enough Omega 3’s through food alone. We do, however, get more than enough Omega-6 & 9’s which are inflammatory fatty acids which come from sources such as
- cottonseed oil
- processed foods
To be clear, not all 6 & 9’s are bad. Although they have certainly been vilified, we do need both (inflammatory and anti-inflammatory fats) in our diet. If our diets were void of inflammatory oils, we would be unable to stop bleeding (clot our blood) of heal injuries and wounds.
The ideal ratio of inflammatory fats to anti-inflammatory fats is thought, by many cutting edge anti-aging specialists, to be 1:1. However, it is estimated that we currently get about 25:1
It is clear that we need to increase our Omega-3 intake and in reality it should most likely be done through supplementation.
The three main supplement options for Omega-3 are:
- Plant based supplements (flax)
- Fish oil
- Krill oil
Up until recently Fish oil has been the most popular and efficient form of supplementation; however, a new and exciting supplement has recently made it to market. – Krill Oil.
Four reasons to consider krill oil, for weight loss, performance and beauty.
1) Krill is a clean source of DHEA
DHEA is a supplement that was originally made popular by body builders for its ability to create lean muscle mass. In reality, DHEA is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body which helps:
- control cholesterol
- improve bone density
- build lean muscle mass
- increase energy levels
- produce sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone
Until recently fish oil has been used as a way to supplementing DHEA; however, fish oil is a very unstable and potentially unclean supplement.
At this point, all fish has the potential to:
- contain heavy metals,
- contain PCB’s and Mercury
- be toxic
Krill oil offers a safe, and powerful alliterative because krill are at the bottom of the food chain making them very low in contaminants and heavy metals.
2) Krill oil is more easily absorbed by the body
The interesting thing about Omega-3 supplements is that we mainly take them to help our body create something else … DHEA. So which ones work the best for creating DHEA?
There are three forms of Omega-3 fatty acids:
EPA, and DHA both come from animal sources. ALA comes from plants but, your body has to work very hard to turn ALA into DHEA. DHA, and EPA is a much more efficient way to make DHEA and is also responsible for healthy skin, joints, and better moods.
Krill oil is very high in DHA and is converted very quickly, and efficiently, by the body. The evidence looks like it is a much more efficient supplement than fish oil. Krill really is a little powerhouse of energy, after all, it is what fuels the biggest mammals in the ocean – whales.
3) Krill oil is more stable than fish oil
Fish oil tends to oxidize quickly making it harmful to your wallet and your insides; however, Krill oil is higher in antioxidants which makes it more stable for our bodies and more stable for itself.
It is far less likely that you will get a rancid batch of krill oil.
** Although Krill oil is cleaner still make sure that you get a reputable brand and not a knock off. Where there is a booming product on the market there will always be impostors trying to make a quick profit.
4) Krill oil can improve your sleep
We really do need our beauty rest (hopefully 8 hours of it), but sometimes that can be hard to get.
Omega-3 acids have been shown to improve sleep by relaxing the body and reducing anxiety. Krill has also been shown to repair brain cells.
What could be better than getting beauty rest while knowing your brain is being restored, your muscles are becoming leaner and your skin is growing more beautiful from the inside out.
So is it time to ditch the fish oil and move onto Krill?
Yes, we think so.
Wild caught, cold water fish, nuts, avocados, and olives should still be a part of your Omega-3 rich diet but this is one of the supplements we highly recommend adding in.