On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing krill oil vs fish oil: which omega 3 supplement is better?
Over the years, I’ve talked a lot about omega 3 fatty acids and the health benefits, specifically of fish oil.
If there’s one supplement to invest your money in, I’d say omega 3 fatty acids are the way to go.
I filmed an entire video on fish oil benefits here.
It’s no secret, the average US diet is deficient in the omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA.
In a perfect world, we’d all eat a lot of foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon.
However, either people don’t like the taste or they’re afraid of the reports of unsafe heavy metals, like mercury, and toxic compounds, like PCBs, found in some fish.
If you’re wondering if you can get enough omega 3 fatty acids from just food, check this out.
There are approximately 1.8 grams of omega 3 fat in a 3 oz serving of wild salmon.
For people with high triglycerides, some doctors may recommend 2-4 grams of omega 3 fats per day.
So if we take the middle dosage, 3 grams per day, that would be a total of 21 grams of omega 3 fats per week.
To get the recommended weekly amount of omega 3 fats, people with high triglycerides would have to eat approximately 12 x 3 oz servings of wild salmon per week.
This is why a high quality omega 3 supplement is so important.
In other words, should you just pick up the cheapest brand of omega 3 fatty acids at your local grocery store?
Unfortunately the answer is, no.
All omega 3 supplements are not created equal.
Like most supplements, there are high quality brands and cheap low quality brands.
In fact, low quality fish oils can be rancid and oxidized.
A good way to test if your fish oil is rancid is by chewing a fish oil capsule after opening up the bottle for the first time.
Plus, when it comes to omega 3s, you can supplement with either a high quality fish oil or a high quality krill oil.
In fact, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about krill oil lately, so lets compare krill oil vs fish oil.
Krill oil comes from krill, which is a shrimp-like small crustacean, found in the icy waters of Antartica.
The highest quality fish oils usually are extracted from a blend of oily, cold water fish comprised of a blend of any of the following:
Fish oil contains more EPA and DHA than krill oil, however the EPA and DHA in krill oil tends to be more absorbable by the body.
Also krill oil contains an antioxidant, not found in fish oil, called astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is what gives krill it’s pink color, and increases the fight against free radical damage and inflammation in the body.
Since krill have a shorter life span than most fish, they have a lower likelihood of having higher amounts of toxins like mercury and PCBs.
Also, larger fish tend to have higher concentrations of mercury, since these toxins work their way up the food chain.
Krill, on the other hand, is on the bottom of the food chain, and mainly feeds on plankton.
Both krill oil and fish oil are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
Whether you choose krill oil vs fish oil, I just highly recommend you do your research on the company that is selling the omega 3 supplement.
If you buy the cheapest fish oil you can find, you’re at risk of buying a low quality and potentially rancid fish oil that could cause more damage than good.
When I lived in Canada, I loved taking a high quality omega 3 fish oil called NutraSea.
However, now that I live in the US, it’s harder to find.
I’ve also taken the Omega Balance from MyProtein, but they’ve been out of stock for a long time.
I also like the omega 3s from Nordic Naturals.
When it comes to krill oil, go check out the krill oil from my friends at Onnit.
If you’ve never heard of Onnit before, they offer some of the highest quality supplements.
In the comments below, let me know if you take krill oil vs fish oil, and which brand you take.
Thanks for watching and keep Living Lean.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.