Omega-3: How to Properly Increase Intake of Omega-3 with Krill Oil to Protect Against Disease
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You want to increase your overall health and energy level. You want to prevent heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer's. Perhaps you also want to treat rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Raynaud's disease and a host of other diseases. One of the most important things you can do for all of these is increase your intake of the omega-3 fats found in Krill Oil and cod liver oil, and reduce your intake of omega-6 fats.
These two types of fat, omega-3 and omega-6, are both essential for human health. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in their diet while consuming very low levels of omega-3. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats is 1:1. Our ancestors evolved over millions of years on this ratio. Today, though, our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 averages from 20:1 to 50:1! That spells serious danger for you, and as is now (finally!) being reported throughout even the mainstream health media, lack of omega-3 from Krill Oil is one of the most serious health issues plaguing contemporary society.
The primary sources of omega-6 are corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil; these oils are overabundant in the typical diet, which explains our excess omega-6 levels. Avoid or limit these oils. Omega-3, meanwhile, is typically found in flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and fish.
By far, the best type of omega-3 fats are those found in that last category, fish. That's because the omega-3 in fish is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, DHA and EPA. These two fatty acids are pivotal in preventing heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. The human brain is also highly dependent on DHA - low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Researchers are now also linking inadequate intake of these omega-3 fats in pregnant women to premature birth and low birth weight, and to hyperactivity in children.
Sadly, though, eating most fresh fish, whether from the ocean, lakes and streams, or farm-raised, is no longer recommended. Mercury levels in almost all fish have now hit dangerously high levels across the world, and the risk of this mercury to your health now outweighs the fish's omega-3 benefits. However, because fish would otherwise be immensely healthy, I had been searching for a safe source of fish for some time -- and finally discovered one. The Vital Choice Alaskan wild red salmon offered on this site is the one source of salmon or any fish that, via independent lab-testing, I have discovered is safe from high levels of mercury and other toxins. In addition, the Vital Choice Alaskan salmon is loaded with omega-3 with EPA and DHA , is high in antioxidants to help you live longer, and tastes absolutely delicious.
Routine consumption of Krill Oil is another highly recommended method of increasing your omega-3 intake and improving your health, and is also the most convenient for today's busy lifestyles. Krill Oil contains high levels of the best omega-3 fats - those with the EPA and DHA fatty acids - and, as it is in pure form, does not pose the mercury risk of fresh fish.
Why These Krill Oil and Cod Liver Oil are the Best Available
While I am well-known as a minimalist when it comes to supplements, Krill Oil (in the warm months) and cod liver oil (in the cool months) are "supplements" that I cannot urge you strongly enough to add to your daily diet if you want to prevent disease and increase both the length and quality of your life.
But as with most foods in general, the type (i.e., brand) of Krill Oil/cod liver oil you choose makes all the difference when it comes to aiding your health. Simply put, there are many inferior brands of Krill Oil and cod liver oil on the market that, at best, you'll be throwing your money away on because they have little real benefit, and at worse, can actually cause you harm over time. Purity and potency mean everything when choosing Krill Oil, and there is a wide variance in those factors with brands out.
I have researched brands and types of Krill Oil and cod liver oil extensively, and can with absolute confidence recommend both Krill Oil and the Salmon Oil. Both are rigorously tested for potentcy and purity, and because these exceptional brands may be difficult to find in health food stores, I now offer both the Krill Oil and Salmon Oil here in the "Recommended Products" section.
If you opt for the Salmon Oil, I strongly recommend you read this article and consider adding a full-spectrum vitamin E to your daily diet with the Krill Oil as well. While you won't typically find this full-spectrum vitamin E on the vitamin shelves of most grocery stores or corner drugstores, a good health food store or vitamin shop should carry it and be able to recommend a quality brand.
To conclude, one of my highest recommendations to my patients, and to you, is to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of omega-3 with EPA and DHA fatty acids in your diet to prevent disease and prolong your life. Supplement daily with a high-quality Krill Oil/cod liver (see Krill Oil and Salmon Oil for dosage information) and try to eat plenty of toxin-free fish like the Vital Choice salmon.
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