The use of fish oil to support overall health is nothing new. For more than 2,000 years people have turned to the substance in various forms. Just in the last hundred years we have come to understand why fish oil has the impact it does on our health. But along with this new knowledge has come a fair bit of questions. How much is the right amount to take? Why does it work? How should it be fished or packaged? Why should I take a supplement if my diet already includes some fish?*
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as ALA, EPA, DHA are polyunsaturated fatty acids. These Omega-3s are vital to the healthy function of various systems throughout the body. When taken in the right amounts, these Omega-3s support cardiovascular, cognitive, respiratory, vision, joint and dermal health.*
If these essential fatty acids are available through diet, why choose a supplement? The answer lies in the source and composition of the supplement. Fish, which have long been the main source of essential fatty acids, now carry the very real risk of containing heavy metals and fat-soluble pollutants like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins. These environmental pollutants can be absorbed by the fish and transferred to people when consumed.*
According to the American Heart Association, the average person needs to eat fatty fish at least twice a week to attain the health benefits of fish oil. However most people do not follow a diet that allows for this (allergies, vegetarian or vegan, etc.) and, for some people, two servings per week might not be enough. Individuals who have health concerns may be recommended to take higher levels of Omega 3 because diet alone is not sufficient. Also, some people may be concerned that eating too much fish may increase their potential exposure to contaminants.*
Therefore, relying solely on diet is not the only and most optimal way of getting the necessary beneficial amounts of Omega-3s.
Furthermore, not all Omega-3 supplements are the same. While some are created from fish, Neptune has sourced their Omega-3 supplement from krill. Krill are a superior source to fish because of their abundance as well as their naturally lower levels of environmental pollutants.
For many, the choice to take a krill oil supplement as opposed to relying on diet alone for their Omega-3s is obvious: Krill oil is easier to digest, is absorbed more efficiently by the body, provides superior levels of DHA and EPA, and contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
About the Author
Serving as Sales Director, Jacqueline Khayat’s role includes expanding distribution for Neptune’s line of products and ingredients. Jackie has extensive and relevant education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Montreal University and obtaining a Graduate Degree in Business and Management from renowned HEC Montreal. As a Dietitian, she taps into her extensive knowledge of nutrition to help educate the market about omega-3 krill oil benefits and our line of products including OCEANO3: Neptune’s consumer branded krill oil, exclusively offered through its website oceano3.com in Canada and the US.
Jackie also enjoys a healthy lifestyle, great food and travelling. You can follow her on Twitter for daily health related tips: @jkhayat23