Most of us have heard about the incredible benefits of omega-3 fats and how important they are to maintain a healthy heart and brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our bodies to function properly. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough of them from the foods we eat. In fact, we get way too many of the other type of fat - omega-6. We need both of them for optimal health, but our bodies crave balance and need an equal amount of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
Since most of the foods Americans typically eat are high in omega-6 fats (grains, commercially raised meats, oils used in processed foods, and many commonly used cooking oils including corn, safflower, and sunflower), our bodies are flooded with omega-6 fats while our intake of omega-3 fats is dramatically lower. (Foods high in omega-3 fats are leafy green vegetables, oily fish like salmon and sardines, walnuts, organic eggs, and naturally raised meats.) This creates a huge imbalance between the amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fats we are ingesting. And this is why it is so important to take a supplement to get your much-needed amount of omega-3 fats. We just simply do not get enough from our food.
So what type of supplements are the best? Well, fish oil has proven to be the most complete source of omega-3 fatty acids and there are many different kinds of fish oil supplements out there. However, recently we’ve discovered another source that outshines them all – Krill oil.
Krill oil does some amazing things for your body. Let me just start by saying that after a few weeks of taking Krill oil, I noticed I had dropped a size without making any other changes. You see, your body needs fat to burn fat. And you need to be getting enough omega-3 fats in order for your body to metabolize the other fats you ingest. This is why fad diets that restrict your fat intake will actually cause you to gain weight in the long run. You must get both omega-3 and omega-6 fats to burn the extra fat and lose weight.
Krill oil is such a concentrated form of omega-3 fat, so your body quickly and efficiently receives what it needs to metabolize fat properly. One of the reasons that Krill oil is better than regular fish oil is that it contains an extremely powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin which is not found in most standard fish oils and phospholipids which are also not found in regular fish oil. Plus, your body absorbs the antioxidants and phospholipids 500% better than it does regular fish oil, according to U.S. Government National Institutes Of Health. Krill oil also contains two other powerful components – EPA and DHA, which cannot be found in plant-based oils such as flax oil.
So, not only will Krill oil help your body naturally burn off unwanted fat, but it will improve your cardiovascular health, balance your blood sugar, and minimize any joint pain.
Here are some other reasons to take Krill oil:
- improves memory
- strengthens your immune system
- supports heart health
- slows the signs of aging
- improves your overall mood
- gives you healthy-looking skin
- helps to balance your blood sugar levels
Another plus for Krill oil is that it is pollution-free. (I’m talking specifically about Antartic Krill here.) A lot of “healthy” fish has been contaminated and is acutally unhealthy due to high levels of mercury, PCBs, heavy metals, and other toxins. However, Krill are at the bottom of the food chain and are harvested far away from polluted waters in the seas surrounding Antarctica. (Krill are tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans that whales, seals, penguins, and other fish feed on.)
Some more good news…There is an ongoing supply of Krill and no risk of extinction. They are a renewable source of powerful antioxidants and omega-3s. And from my experience, there is no fishy aftertaste or strange fishy burps hours later.
Krill oil is at the top of my list of supplements as a “must”. (Right up there with Probiotics. See Healthy Habit #7 for more about this.) Just be sure to look for supplements that contain pure Krill oil without any fillers. As Krill oil becomes more well-known, there are going to be cheap “knock-offs” made, so be sure to look at the ingredients before purchasing any Krill oil supplements.
Want to learn more about Krill oil? Check out this link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/08/26/how-can-this-oil-help-you-beat-these-24-common-diseases.aspx