The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids (also called omega-3 fats and n-3 fats). These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food. Foods high in Omega-3 include fish, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flaxseed oil, and leafy vegetables.
BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-3 fatty acids are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KRILL & FISH OIL
Krill oil is extracted from the bodies of Antarctic krill — tiny shrimp-like shellfish — and can be taken in capsules. Like fatty fish and fish oil supplements, krill oil capsules contain the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Consumption of these fatty acids (and alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which is derived from plants and converted in the body to DHA and EPA) is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.
There's little research on krill oil supplements. One product, Neptune Krill Oil, has been shown to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to decrease hs-CRP (a measure of inflammation that's important in cardiovascular disease). But studies lasted only three months, so long-term effectiveness and safety are unknown.
Fish oil in high amounts can cause bleeding; thus it's likely that krill oil does, too. This can be a problem if you take medications that slow clotting, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal supplements (for example, St. John's wort).
WHICH IS BETTER?
Research has shown that Krill oil supplements are much more efficacious in terms of safety (i.e. less environmental toxins) and absorption than fish oil supplements.
Also, fish oil supplements have basically no micronutrient content (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc…) unless they are synthetically added, whereas Krill oil contains them naturally. In short, Krill oil is superior to fish oil for long-term health and longevity.
SPORT RESEARCH ANTARCTIC KRILL OIL
Sports Research Krill Oil is made with Superba2, a superior form of sustainable Krill Oil sourced from the pristine Southern Ocean in the Antarctic. Each soft gel contains 1000 mg of pure krill oil delivering essential fatty acids like EPA and DHA in a form that's more readily used by your body. These fatty acids are thought to support healthy joints and mobility, normal cognitive function, balanced hormone production, and good cardiovascular function. Our Krill oil also contains 1mg of astaxanthin, a super antioxidant that helps prevent oxidation of the oil.
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