The health benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids both in food and supplements are well known and documented. Over 30,000 studies examining the benefits of omega-3s have proven that they help with inflammation to support heart and brain health. Many cardiologists recommend eating two to three servings of oily fish at least twice a week. Unfortunately, many of us do not consume enough of the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in seafood to experience the full benefits for the body.
Benefits of Omega-3
Various health institutes state that the benefits of omega-3 supplements are as follows:
- Reduce the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease
- Show little improvement in blood pressure
- Provides overall support for heart health
- Reduce triglyceride levels associated with a high risk of heart and vascular disease
- Relieve rheumatoid arthritis and dry eyes
Fish oil and krill oil — differences
Not all omega-3 sources are the same. While both fish oil and krill oil contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), their concentrations of omega-3s vary greatly.
Fish oil capsules often contain a higher dosage of DHA and EPA than krill oil supplements. This type of oil is obtained from oily fish such as:
The source of krill oil is a small reddish crustacean similar to shrimp. Incidentally, wild salmon get their reddish-pink color by feeding on shrimp and krill. But to date, there have been too few studies to support its benefits.
Proponents of krill oil argue that it is better absorbed than traditional fish oil supplements due to the omega-3 form in phospholipids, as opposed to the omega-3 triglyceride form from fish oil. Because of this, it is believed to be better absorbed, so blood levels of DHA and EPA are significantly lower compared to fish oil. However, a 2011 study comparing the effects of fish and krill oil found that one group that took 3 grams of krill oil and the other 1.8 grams of fish oil resulted in similar blood levels of DHA and EPA.
This suggests that it takes twice as much krill oil as fish oil to achieve the same effect, and that fish oil contains a higher concentration of omega-3s. One very popular brand of krill oil contains 140mg of DHA and EPA per two capsules, while one capsule Fish Oil GP accounts for 180 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid and 120 mg of docosahexaenoic acid.
To get enough omega-3s through your diet, experts recommend eating up to five servings of fish per week, including fatty varieties like salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, anchovies, and sardines. When eating this amount of food is not possible, they advise including fish oil supplements in the diet, which contain high levels of DHA and EPA.
While small amounts of krill are considered safe, the lack of scientific evidence suggests that the benefits are more hype than hard facts. To date, over 18,000 studies have been conducted on the concentration of omega-3s in fish oils. Experts recommend taking a minimum dose of 1,000 mg of omega-3s daily to take full advantage of its benefits.
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