We have talked about how you need omega 3, it is the essential fatty acid that your body cannot manufacture by itself. How omega 3 is good for your heart, skin, lungs, eyes, bones, joints and many other things.
You can get omega 3 from fish oil or by eating cold water oily fish such as tuna, salmon, and many others. Then there is the plant form of omega 3. This is the form that isn’t ready for your body as soon as you take it or eat something with it. Our bodies have to change it from the ALA into DHA and EPA types. Sometimes it cannot be done. Things that have the ALA omega 3 in them are, English walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil and the list goes on.
Now there is a type of omega 3 you can get from Krill. Krill has recently emerged as another source and is getting a lot of attention. It contains the omega 3 DHA and EPA as fish do but is better absorbed. It gets the much needed DHA to where it is needed.
Krill comes from little crustaceans. The crustaceans are very much like shrimp. It is also what the whales live on most the time in the Atlantic Ocean. Another good point about Krill is that it is located in one of the cleanest oceans that contains very little commercial fishing. The lack of boating in the water helps keep the water cleaner. This water doesn’t contain the dangers of PCB’s, toxins like mercury and other metals that many of the other oceans do.
As Krill is becoming more and more popular as a way to get your much needed omega 3 in your diet, we do need to be aware that it hasn’t been tested as much as fish oil has and could be found not to be as beneficial. It is an alternative to take, but later as more studies are completed, we will learn what role it plays.
I have seen some that say you need only one pill a day, which is nice compared to the 3 I take a day of flaxseed oil. Then they also say there is no fishy after taste like many complain of after taking a fish oil gel tab.
It’s good to know we have choices. Now to pick out which one you feel is best for you. It may be the cost or what the gel tabs cost that help you make up your mind as to what you want to take. I wish I could get all my omega 3 from the food I eat, but that’s hard to measure. How would I know if I had eaten enough.
For me for now, it’s flax seed oil, later, it may be Krill or another type of plant based omega 3. I am not sold on taking fish due to the toxins and after taste. How about you? What will you choose?