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Omega Fatty Acid Controversy – Plant Source Verses Animal Source and more

Omega Essential Fatty Acid Controversy & Debate – Plant Omega Fatty Acids vs Animal Sources:

More experts are starting to conclude plant Omega’s are not as fully effective as animal sources due to enzymes and other co-factors in animal omegas that help the body process and absorb the Omega Fatty Acids better. Similar research concludes animal sources proteins are also more bio-available. Setting aside humanitarian concerns and benefits, there seems to be no scientific evidence that your health is maximized by eliminating animal source proteins and omegas.

Fish Quality and Sustainability Concerns:

Pollution. Water quality around the world is of increasing concern. Even wild caught fish are likely moderately contaminated if for no other reason than due to coal burning plants emitting all types of mercury and other chemicals that find themselves back in the water around the world. Many other water pollution sources of course exist, and farm raised fish can have many related concerns.

Sustainability and Quality. Krill are the most common form of bio-mass in the oceans, s harvesting krill as a food source poses less of a sustainability issue. Also research suggests Krill oil may be superior to fish oil due to higher antioxidant levels – particularly of astaxanthin – one of our favorite super antioxidants derived from algae. Astaxanthin is a natural carotenoid-type antioxidant more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein.

How To Improve Your Health

Two of the most effective simple ways to improve your health are:

Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, harmful metabolic by products that damage cells and tissues throughout your body and help slow signs of aging.

Today’s diets are almost always deficient in anti-oxidants. Daily supplementation is affordable and highly recommended.

Benefits of capsules over softgels:

  • Protects contents more by providing a strong barrier to oxygen.
  • Gives you a more pure product by reducing the number of inactive ingredients that act as a carrier for the active ones.
  • Helps you avoid potentially allergenic ingredients.
  • Improves bioavailability by promoting absorption.*
  • Avoids the use of plasticizers — chemicals that can exert a negative effect on your endocrine system.
  • Possesses greater bioavailability due to reduced sensitivity to heat and moisture.*
  • Provides you with a good alternative to bovine capsules…it is formulated with fish gelatin.
  • Allows you to see your product’s purity through increased visibility of contents.
  • Resists tampering.

What are krill?

Krill are small shrimp or prawn-like creatures that feed the world’s most mammoth animals — the great whales. Toothless great whales gulp down huge quantities of krill to provide the energy they need to fuel their massive bulk. A blue whale eats up to 8,000 pounds of krill each day during feeding season.

Whales aren’t the only animals that depend on krill; others include eels, penguins, sea birds, squid and fish.

Together with plankton, krill make up the largest biomass on earth…one of the most easily renewable food resources available, an excellent nutritional source from an environmental perspective.

Krill oil is a unique source of essential omega fatty acids 3 and 6 due to the natural combination with antioxidants and unique capacity for absorption and delivery past the blood brain barrier. The highest quality krill oil supplement available today can be researched further by CLICKING HERE.

More on EFAs:

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) include both omega-3 fats (high in the vital compounds EPA and DHA) and omega-6 fats. EFAs cannot be manufactured in your body but are beneficial to normal health and metabolism.* Therefore, EFAs must be obtained through your diet.

Although some omega-6 fats are good for your health, the balance of omega-6s to omega-3s is crucial. Unfortunately, most people consume an overabundance of omega-6 fats.

Your ancestors embraced a diet with a healthy balance of approximately equal omega-6 and omega-3 fats. But the current Western diet is far too high in omega-6 fats. The average omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is now closer to 20:1, and in some cases even 50:1. This can keep you from optimal health.

Unlike fish oils, pure krill oil carries omega-3s in the form of phospholipids — liposomes or little packages that deliver the fatty acids directly to your body’s cells.

Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are these phospholipids.

Unfortunately, standard fish oils (and inferior krill oil brands) lack this phospholipid complex. Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less-beneficial form of free triglycerides.

Why are phospholipids important?

They are the building blocks for your cell membranes, regulating cellular transport by functioning as ‘gate-keepers.’* In this role, they protect cell membranes from free radical attack.*

This unique relationship between the phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids greatly facilitates the passage of the fatty acid molecules through your intestinal wall. This helps you in two ways…

  • Makes the omega-3 fats in Krill Oil significantly more bioavailable than those in fish oil by allowing EPA and DHA to directly enter your cells.
  • Improves your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.

Another important fact: The most predominant phospholipid in pure krill oil is phosphatidyl choline, which is partially composed of choline.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of choline in brain development, learning and memory.* In fact, choline is particularly important for fetal and infant brain development in pregnant and nursing women.*

Choline is the precursor for the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine (which sends nerve signals to the brain) and for trimethylglycine, a recognized liver protector.*

Further, our Krill Oil supplement also boasts a full complement of necessary antioxidants not seen in fish or cod liver oil.

Benefits of Krill Oil over Fish Oils:

  • MUCH Better Absorption Than Fish Oil

This means you can take 1/5 the dose. The phospholipid binding increases the bioavailability of the omega-3s, improves the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and supports healthy cell membrane functioning.*

  • Superb Antioxidant Protection

Unique antioxidants — including astaxanthin and a novel marine flavonoid — may protect you from damaging free radicals.

  • Pollution-Free

Krill are at the bottom of the food chain and collected far from pollution in the pristine seas surrounding Antarctica. So you don’t have to worry about unsafe accumulations of mercury, PCBs, heavy metals or other toxins.

  • Ongoing Supply

Krill are a highly renewable source. They are the largest biomass in the ocean and there is simply no risk of causing them to perish from over-harvesting.

  • Stability

Krill oil is more stable and more resistant to rancidity than conventional fish oils. This means it will last longer and won’t oxidize in your body due to rancidity. It will last for TWO years at room temperature.

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