According to a recent survey conducted by Discovery Research Group, 37% of 705 American supplement takers who participated in the survey said they would rather get their DHA & EPA omega-3s from a source other than fish oil. Nearly four out of 10 respondents said they currently take or want to take an omega‐3 supplement, but would rather take something other than fish oil.
The leading reasons cited for not wanting to take a fish oil supplement included the bad taste, bad aftertaste, fishy burps, bad smell, and large capsule size.
Krill Oil is an Excellent “Non-fishy” Way to Get Your DHA and EPA Omega-3s
Krill oil is an excellent option for those who don’t care for fish oil. Krill are tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans that thrive in the cold, pristine waters of the Antarctic. They are the primary food source for hundreds of animals, including fish, squid, birds and whales. In fact, the Norwegian word “krill” literally means “whale food.”
Krill oil has been harvested as a nutritional supplement since the 1800s. The highest quality krill oil supplements available on the market are cold-pressed and purified, such as Healthy Choice Naturals Purified Krill Oil. With 1000mg of krill oil in every two-capsule dose, it is the ultimate source of DHA and EPA which our bodies need to maintain proper function and wellness.
Krill oil is abundant in phospholipids, the building blocks of cellular membranes that make DHA and EPA and other nutrients in krill oil markedly more absorbable than the nutrients in fish oil. This means your body quickly absorbs and utilizes all the beneficial nutrients in krill oil. Fish oils don’t contain any phospholipids, and instead, they contain omega-3 fats in the less-beneficial form of free triglycerides. Krill oil is also rich in antioxidants that help to neutralize highly unstable metabolic byproducts called free radicals that ravage your body at the cellular level.
How to Lower Your Omega-6 Fats:
- Change your cooking oils to olive, macadamia, avocado and coconut oils. Eliminate vegetable oils that have lots of omega-6s and very little omega-3s such as grape seed, cottonseed, safflower, corn and sunflower oils.
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet as much as possible. Most processed foods contain unhealthy vegetable oils, not to mention tons of calories, sugars, salt, preservatives, etc. By eating more whole, natural foods, you may be able to cut your omega-6 consumption by one-third or more.
- Read food labels carefully to check the content of fats, sugars, sodium, proteins, etc. Avoid foods that contain vegetable oils that are packed with omega-6 fats (grape seed, cottonseed, safflower, corn and sunflower oils, etc.).
- Watch for “hidden” omega-6 fats in dressings, margarine, mayonnaise and spreads, and products that contain soybean or vegetable oils. Instead, choose healthier alternatives made with olive or macadamia oil.
- Choose fat-free or low-fat product options. Always choose the fat-free or low-fat product options when given the choice. But read product labels to make sure no harmful ingredients were added in place of the fats.
- Avoid deep fried foods. Not only are they coated with a thick layer of omega-6 fats, the cooking process also introduces harmful compounds that could cause health issues.
How to Boost Your Omega-3 Fats:
- Eat two portions of fish per week, such as wild salmon, sardines or anchovies, to boost your blood levels of omega-3s. Choose wisely what fish you eat because some fish contain higher levels of contaminants and toxins like Mercury. Go to the Environmental Defense Fund’s website for a list of the best and worst choices of seafood to eat.
- Eat DHA and EPA fortified foods. Read labels to make sure the products you choose are low in omega-6 fats and the type of omega-3s they contain are clearly specified as DHA and EPA (and not ALA, or Alpha-linolenic acid).
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Even though fruits and vegetables contain ALA, which our bodies are extremely inefficient at converting to DHA and EPA, it doesn’t mean we should stop eating them. Fruits, vegetables and plants like flaxseeds and dark green, leafy vegetables provide us with important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants that we need for good health.
- Buy free-range and pasture-fed meats. Compared to grain-fed animals, free-range and pasture-fed meats contain higher amounts of DHA and EPA.
- Take DHA and EPA supplements to ensure you’re getting adequate amounts of omega-3 essential fats. Healthy Choice Naturals Purified Krill Oil provides 1000mg of highly absorbable, purified krill oil in every easy-to-take daily dose of two gel caps.