So many of us take omega-3 essential fatty acid supplements because research has consistently shown them to be a potent anti-inflammatory, as well as extremely heart protective. But a new study has cast omega-3s in an unfavorable light, concluding that this essential nutrient could significantly raise a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. But let’s clarify a few things before we ditch one of the most beneficially nutrients of all time.
Fish oil has become the most popular supplement in America — and for a good reason. Hundreds of scientific studies have demonstrated that the omega-3 fats it contains are extremely effective at protecting the heart and brain — so effective, in fact, that even the mainstream medical establishment now stands behind it. In addition, a mountain of research has shown that omega-3s are also critical for mood balance, immune strength, supple joints, sharp vision, and youthful-looking skin. The list of benefits simply goes on and on.
But as amazing as the benefits of fish oil are, researchers have recently discovered a surprising new source of omega-3s that they claim is so much more powerful, it practically renders fish oil obsolete! But is this just the latest omega-3 fad or a true scientific breakthrough?
Are You Critically Deficient in Omega-3s?
Every cell in your body requires omega-3s to function properly. Yet according to many experts, nearly all Americans are critically deficient. When you lack omega-3s, you’re vulnerable to a wide range of health problems, including chronic inflammation and joint pain, depression, cognitive decline, vision loss, premature skin aging and heart trouble.
However when you replenish your omega-3 levels, you’ll begin to notice amazing improvements in your health. But as emerging research is beginning to reveal, not all omega-3 supplements are created equal and fish oil may not be the safest or most effective way to get your omega-3s.
The Dangers of Low-Quality Fish Oil Supplements
There’s big money in fish oil and unfortunately, many supplement manufacturers looking to capitalize on fish oil’s popularity try to pass off worthless pills that contain pathetically low levels of omega-3s. What’s worse, these pills are often filled with toxins like mercury and PCBs.
In recent lab tests, Consumer Reports found that 1 in 3 fish oil supplements fell short of claims made on their labels. Some of these pills even contained rancid, oxidized or heavily polluted oil. Sadly, the problems with fish oil quality are only getting worse, as the oceans become increasingly polluted.
A New Omega-3 Source That Renders Fish Oil Obsolete
You may have heard about a new omega-3 supplement called krill oil that some experts, such as Dr. Oz, claim is healthier and more powerful than fish oil. Well, I’ve spent enough time in the natural health industry to know that not every trendy new supplement is worth its salt, so I set out to investigate the claims about this new discovery.
It quickly became obvious to me that krill, tiny pink crustaceans that are abundant in the pristine waters surrounding Antarctica, is vastly superior to fish oil as a source of omega-3s in many ways. Here’s why:
More Powerful: Krill oil contains extremely high levels of the same important omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA that fish oil provides. But unlike fish oil, krill oil also contains brain-protecting omega-3 compounds called phospholipids AND the potent antioxidant astaxanthin. This combination is unique to krill oil.
More Absorbable: The omega-3s found in krill oil have a chemical structure that makes them easier for your body to absorb than the omega-3s found in fish oil.[11,12,13] This means you get more DHA and EPA in every serving.
Purer and Safer: Krill is harvested from the pristine icy blue waters of Antarctica, one of the cleanest marine environments in the world. Krill is also low on the food chain, so it doesn’t accumulate the toxins that fish does. As Dr. Oz put it when he featured krill oil on his TV show, taking krill oil is like “cutting out the middleman.”
So What Can Krill Oil Do for You?
Here are some of the research-proven benefits:
Reduce Dangerous Inflammation by 30%: Unfortunately, the standard American diet is high in unhealthy fats, which can promote chronic inflammation and damage cells throughout your body. This chronic inflammation is thought to be a major culprit in heart disease and brain aging, and is often responsible for various “mystery symptoms,” such as joint pain, fatigue, allergies and dry skin.
Research shows that omega-3s found in krill oil can neutralize these unhealthy oils, keeping inflammation at bay. In addition, krill oil has been shown to be particularly effective at combating joint pain and inflammation. One landmark clinical study showed that after just 14 days of krill oil supplementation, inflammation markers dropped 30%, while they rose by 32% in the placebo group. In all my years in the natural health industry, I’ve never seen any supplement reduce inflammation so quickly and efficiently.
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Harmonize Your Cholesterol Ratios and Protect Your Heart: For a healthy cardiovascular system, you need strong, pliable blood vessels, and maintaining balanced levels of LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol is vital to keeping your blood vessels healthy. The trouble starts when LDL cholesterol oxidizes, building up inside your blood vessels and arteries, causing them to harden.
It turns out that there is perhaps no substance on earth more effective than krill oil at balancing LDL and HDL. In fact, one clinical study showed that just one-third of the amount of krill oil is up to 10 times more effective than fish oil at balancing cholesterol. That’s right — krill oil was shown to be up to 30 times more effective! Those taking krill oil had their LDL cholesterol reduced by as much as 32% versus 5% for fish oil, and their HDL cholesterol levels improved by up to 43% versus 4% for fish oil. In another head-to-head study, krill oil was shown to balance triglycerides by up to 28%, compared to just 3% with fish oil.
Nourish, Protect and Supercharge Your Brain: Earlier, I mentioned that krill is rich in a type of healthy fat not found in fish oil, called phospholipids. When you nourish your brain with phospholipids, you’re giving it the fuel it needs to function optimally.[18,19] You’ll experience better moods, more alertness, improved focus and concentration and fewer “senior moments.”
A recent quality of life survey conducted on people taking either krill oil or fish oil revealed that those taking krill oil experienced a 48% improvement in mental health, compared to only a 15% improvement for fish oil. Krill oil has also been shown to be extremely effective at combatting mood imbalances associated with premenstrual syndrome in women.
Astaxanthin: Krill Oil’s Antioxidant Edge
In addition to its miraculous omega-3 benefits, krill oil is also incredibly rich in the antioxidant astaxanthin, the natural carotenoid pigment that gives krill, as well as salmon and flamingos, their rosy hues. Astaxanthin ,which is thought to be one of the most powerful antioxidants every discovered, has been hailed for its anti-aging properties. It’s been proven to help prevent wrinkles, blemishes and dryness, and even reverse years of skin damage.
Astaxanthin is unique in that, unlike many antioxidants, it can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect your brain and nervous system and the blood-retinal barrier to protect your eyes. Astaxanthin has also been shown to enhance immunity, strength and endurance, making it easier to recover from exercise.
As an added bonus, astaxanthin acts as natural preservative for the krill oil, preventing oxidation and rancidity, giving it a longer shelf life, as well as eliminating any possible “fishy” aftertaste that you might be used to with fish oil.
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