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Forget Fish: Krill Oil is a Better Source of Omega-3s

September 25th, 2015

Learn why you need omega-3s and why krill oil is the best way to get them.

If you eat like the average American, you are most likely not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. This should worry you because these essential fatty acids are extremely important for:

  • Supporting brain health
  • Improving memory
  • Protecting against depression
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Normalizing triglyceride, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease

At the same time you are not getting enough healthy omega-3s, you are probably getting lots of unhealthy omega-6s in your diet. This tends to happen to people who eat lots of processed foods, because such foods are high in omega-6-rich corn, soy, canola, safflower, and sunflower oils. Omega-6s can actually promote inflammation, which undermines the good work of omega-3s and contributes to many health problems including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and premature aging.

How to Get More Omega-3s in Your Diet

The ideal ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s in the diet is 1:1. To achieve this ratio is no easy feat, considering that the average American may be consuming 20 to 50 times as much omega-6s as omega-3s. However, you can make excellent progress by reducing your consumption of omega-6-laden oils and incorporating more omega-3-rich foods into your diet.

Many people extol the benefits of eating fish to boost your omega-3 levels. While fish is certainly high in omega-3s, unfortunately it is also often high in contaminants such as mercury, PCBs, and other pollutants. This means it is actually more practical to get your omega-3s by taking a supplement. The three main choices are:

Flax oil: As a plant source of omega-3s, flax oil does not naturally contain the forms of omega-3s that are best for brain health. Instead, the body must convert the ALA form of omega-3 found in flax oil to the more useful EPA and DHA forms via a very inefficient process.

Fish oil: Cod liver oil and other fish oils have long been the most common choice for supplementing omega-3s. Unfortunately they have an unpleasant taste. They are also prone to spoilage and may release harmful free radicals, increasing your need for antioxidants in your diet.

Krill oil: Krill oil is now our number one recommendation for an omega-3 supplement. Krill oil delivers many benefits:

  • Krill oil allows for direct metabolism of EPA and DHA
  • Krill oil contains 48 times the antioxidant power of fish oil
  • The tiny crustaceans krill oil is made from are abundant in the oceans and at no risk of overfishing
  • Because krill are at the bottom of the food chain, they do not accumulate toxins like fish can

Get High-Quality Krill Oil from Renew Man™

Because not all supplements are created equal, it is very important to get your supplements from a trusted provider such as Renew Man™. Our experts have reviewed all the supplements we offer to ensure they are of high quality and provide exactly what is promised on the label.

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