Krill Oil: The New Face of Omega-3
It has been a long known fact that Omega 3 is a vital fatty acid for our body’s overall health and well-being. However, one thing remains a source of debate and confusion: what is the best source of Omega 3?
Technically there are 3 primary ways we can obtain Omega 3 and all the essential fatty acids contained therein such as EPA and DHA. First, there is diet. And in a perfect world, eating expensive fish and fresh produce every day would be a real treat. But for realists who don’t always have the time or funds necessary to prepare such a meal every single day, supplements are the way to go. And in the realm of Omega 3 supplements there are two kingpins: fish oil and krill oil.
Simply put, fish oil is usually derived from oily fish such as cod, salmon, tuna, and trout. Krill oil is derived from, well, krill. It is a type of small crustacean. Think of them as very small shrimp.
Some sources argue that a fish oil supplement is the best choice. Others argue that a diet rich in foods containing Omega 3 is better. Surprisingly, however, the overwhelming majority of sources argue that a Krill Oil supplement is the best choice when it comes to Omega 3 consumption.
It is said that krill oil supplements are better than fish oil supplements for their natural levels of DHA and EPA. This is arguably the case since the polyunsaturated fats contained in krill oil supplements are considered phospholipids. The phospholipids that are found in Krill oil are great for our bodies since the majority of every cell membrane in our body is made of phospholipids. This means that these fats can be immediately used by the body.
Comparatively, in fish oil, the fats are considered triglycerides. This means that the fats need additional processing in order to prepare them for consumption and distribution throughout the body. Additionally, Krill oil tends to be slightly more stable as it contains astaxanthin – an antioxidant – that works to protect those fats considered fragile from oxidization.
When comparing both Krill and fish oil supplements to a vegetable source of Omega 3, there are multiple studies indicating that the supplements are better than the vegetable sources.
In conclusion, if you are taking a fish oil supplement for Omega 3, there is nothing wrong with your supplement. In fact, some supplements have recognized the benefits of both fish and krill oil and utilize the benefits of added DHA and EFA with Omega 3, such as that found in kyani products. Keep in mind that the purpose of this article is to enlighten and educate to the various sources available for Omega 3 consumption. Fish oil is a very effective product and supplement in regards to Omega 3 consumption. While krill oil may have more benefits, taking any supplemental dosage of Omega 3, regardless of the type, is better than not consuming any Omega 3 at all.