Looking for an alternative to fish oil supplements, but still want to get extra omega 3-s? Krill oil may be your answer. The link between omega 3 fatty acids and cholesterol is pretty clear and the American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fatty fish a week to get your omega 3s. However, new research shows that krill oil supplements provide just as much omega 3 fatty acids.
What is krill?
Krill is a small crustacean, in the shrimp family which lives in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and is rich in EPA and DHA (omega 3 fatty acids). They have been used in both human and domestic pet food for many years and the oil from krill is also available in supplement form.
This study was a randomized controlled trial comparing krill oil to regular fish oil supplements to determine how both supplements assist with improving cholesterol levels as well as inflammatory markers in the blood. They found that the krill oil was just as effective as the fish oil. However, this study was partially funded by a company called Aker Biomarine ASA and they also make krill oil supplements. This doesn’t automatically mean that the results reported are untrue, but that health professionals need to tread lightly before making recommendations based on this study.
- Eat more fish, especially a fatty fish such as salmon, herring or sardines. This is really the best way to get more omega-3s. Keep your intake to two 3.5 ounces servings a week.
- Eat some nuts! Plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts, avocado, olive oil and perilla seed oil.
- Try supplementing with fish oil or krill oil. Buy a reputable brand and speak to your doctor before choosing a new supplement
Finally if you want more info check out this primer on how to choose the best fish oil.