Date: 2018-12-03 23:25:23
On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing krill oil vs fish oil: which omega 3 supplement is better? Is your fish oil supplement safe?
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Over the years, I’ve talked a lot about omega 3 fatty acids and the health benefits, specifically of fish oil. If there’s one supplement to invest your money in, I’d say omega 3 fatty acids are the way to go.
It’s no secret, the average US diet is deficient in the omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. In a perfect world, we’d all eat a lot of foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon.
However, either people don’t like the taste or they’re afraid of the reports of unsafe heavy metals, like mercury, and toxic compounds, like PCBs, found in some fish.
If you’re wondering if you can get enough omega 3 fatty acids from just food, check this out. There are approximately 1.8 grams of omega 3 fat in a 3 oz serving of wild salmon.
For people with high triglycerides, some doctors may recommend 2-4 grams of omega 3 fats per day. So if we take the middle dosage, 3 grams per day, that would be a total of 21 grams of omega 3 fats per week.
To get the recommended weekly amount of omega 3 fats, people with high triglycerides would have to eat approximately 12 x 3 oz servings of wild salmon per week. This is why a high quality omega 3 supplement is so important.
Are all omega 3 supplements created equal?
In other words, should you just pick up the cheapest brand of omega 3 fatty acids at your local grocery store?
No. Like most supplements, there are high quality brands and cheap low quality brands.
In fact, low quality fish oils can be rancid and oxidized.
Plus, when it comes to omega 3s, you can supplement with either a high quality fish oil or a high quality krill oil.
Lets compare krill oil vs fish oil.
What is krill oil?
Krill oil comes from krill, which is a shrimp-like small crustacean, found in the icy waters of Antartica.
Krill oil vs fish oil: which has a high does of EPA and DHA?
Fish oil contains more EPA and DHA than krill oil, however the EPA and DHA in krill oil tends to be more absorbable by the body.
Also krill oil contains an antioxidant, not found in fish oil, called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is what gives krill it’s pink color, and increases the fight against free radical damage and inflammation in the body.
Krill oil vs fish oil: which has a lower risk of added toxins?
Since krill have a shorter life span than most fish, they have a lower likelihood of having higher amounts of toxins like mercury and PCBs.
Also, larger fish tend to have higher concentrations of mercury, since these toxins work their way up the food chain. Krill, on the other hand, is on the bottom of the food chain, and mainly feeds on plankton.
Bottom line: krill oil vs fish oil – which omega 3 supplement is better?
They’re both excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Whether you choose krill oil vs fish oil, I just highly recommend you do your research on the company that is selling the omega 3 supplement.
If you buy the cheapest fish oil you can find, you’re at risk of buying a low quality and potentially rancid fish oil that could cause more damage than good.
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