Did you know that Eskimos have a low incidence of heart attacks, even though their diet relies heavily on whale blubber? That’s because whale blubber is rich in omega-3 fats!
You may have already heard of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which are both essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. Your body needs both of these to function properly, but the human body cannot make either of them on its own.
Omega-3 fats are made by cold-water algae. They’re also found in the fat of cold-water fish like sardines, wild salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna that feed on these plants, along with fish oil supplements and algae extract. Another type of omega-3 is also found in walnuts, flax seed, canola and soybean oil as well as in green leafy vegetables.
Omega-6 fats are found in cooking oils such as corn oil, safflower and sunflower oils, margarine and low-fat foods, meat and eggs.
Together, omega-3 and omega-6 fats control many of your body’s physiological processes. As long as they are in balance, your body remains healthy.
The problem is this - today, relative amounts of dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fats are completely out of balance. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate approximately twice the amount of omega-6s as omega-3s, which many experts believe is ideal for health. Believe it or not, the typical US diet today contains up to 20–50 times more omega-6s than omega-3s!
In such excessive amounts, omega-6 fats can completely skew your body’s fat balance and physiology, causing real harm. Countless studies have shown a clear connection between high ratios of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 fats, and skyrocketing rates of heart disease, arthritis, asthma, insulin resistance, metabolic disorder, type 2 diabetes, even some forms of cancer.
So what can you do to improve your odds?
It’s easy, do what the Eskimos do and increase your consumption of omega-3 fats.
Both fish oil and krill oil are a great natural source of omega-3 fats. The difference is while high-quality fish oils have many important health benefits, their antioxidant content is poor; whereas krill oil has the health benefits plus high levels of potent antioxidants.
In fact, the antioxidant potency of krill oil is 48 times more potent than that of fish oil, which makes choosing between the two an easy task.
Antioxidants are your body's primary way to neutralize free radicals. They boost heart health, keep the immune system healthy and prevent memory loss with aging. In fact, antioxidants seem to slow down many aging-related changes.
Genuine krill oil contains:
- More than 300 times the antioxidant power of vitamins A and E
- More than 47 times the antioxidant power of lutein
- More than 34 times the antioxidant power of coenzyme Q10
Not only that, krill oil also contains Astaxanthin, a unique marine flavonoid which makes antioxidants more readily available to your body.
In a recent study, supplementation of a high-fat diet with krill oil prevented buildup of triglycerides and cholesterol in the livers of rats, along with lowering blood levels of triglycerides and glucose.
In another study, consumption of krill oil countered body weight gain and increase in blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL-cholesterol in rats given a high fat diet, along with preventing harmful oxidative damage.
Last but not least, krill is at the bottom of the food chain - which means that unlike fish oil, it’s unlikely to be contaminated by toxic heavy metals.
So why not boost your consumption of omega-3 fats and protect your health with a krill oil supplement today?
Do you currently take any omega-3 supplements?