Ideal Omega-3 Sources
Seafood is your best source of long-chained omega-3 fats. However, it’s important to realize that all fish do not contain these fats. Tilapia, for example, contains no EPA or DHA. The fish needs to be harvested from cold water, as this is what triggers the production of omega-3 fats in the fish. Some of your best options for clean fats are wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies.
An excellent alternative, if you do not want to eat fatty fish, is to take a krill oil supplement. I firmly believe krill oil is superior to fish oil. Although both contain EPA and DHA, krill oil is bound to phospholipids, which allows the EPA and DHA to travel more efficiently through your bloodstream. Hence, it’s more bioavailable. This means you need far less of it than fish oil, as confirmed by a 2011 study published in the journal Lipids.6
Researchers gave subjects less than 63 percent as much krill-based EPA/DHA as the fish oil group, yet both groups showed equivalent blood levels, meaning the krill was more potent. Phospholipids are also a principal compound in high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which you want more of, and by allowing your cells to maintain structural integrity, phospholipids help your cells function properly.
Meanwhile, fish oil is bound to triglycerides and methyl esters, which must be broken down in your gut to its base fatty acids of DHA and EPA. About 80 to 85 percent is simply eliminated in your intestine. Krill oil also contains natural astaxanthin, which prevents rancidity of these highly perishable oils. Regular fish oil does not contain this antioxidant, and is therefore far more prone to oxidation.
Vegans can use algae sourced Omega-3.
It’s vital for long life.