What is an Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

by DR, ARTHUR M. ECHANO
MD, ND, MACNEM,
D.HOM.I.
“The Coconut Doctor Down Under”

 

From time to time, patients ask my opinion about a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Of course, many already know that you can find it in fish oil. It is interesting that 30 years ago when I started talking to people in San Francisco and San Jose California about omega-3 fatty acids, the response was rather disappointing. But today, even medical specialists are telling their patients to be on it. It is now a household word in the health and medical industry.


The reason is understandable because of the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids which consist of DHA and EPA to our joints, brain and heart. The evidence is no longer just anecdotal or empirical, with scientific studies confirming the efficacy and safety of omega-3 fatty acids.


So what is happening now is that many patients with heart problems, arthritis and brain fog are stocking themselves with fish oil from the nearest pharmacy or health food store. What a big change from few decades ago when many thought that taking fish oil was just a waste of money. In spite of the strong evidence that the Eskimos were relatively free from heart problems compared to their mainland counterparts, not many took fish oil (omega-3) seriously. I just made a wish then hoping that fish oil would get the attention that it deserved sometime in the 21st century. I am glad that my wish came true.


While we know now about the usefulness of fish oil as a source of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), there is another source of these essential oils which is considered by many experts to be far superior to fish oil. In the article “Powerful Healing Oil Discovered in Tiny Antarctic Sea Creature,” Dr. Al Sears, MD, an American board certified medical specialist and diplomate of the American Board of Anti-aging Medicine writes about “this tiny sea creature that will make your fish oil obsolete.” What is he talking about?


Dr. Sears states “This sea creature swims in large groups near the South Pole. Scientists call it Euphausia Superba, but its common name is Antarctic krill.


A Swiss study found krill oil helped support healthy joints in mice by 81% more than fish oil. It’s more potent and absorbable than fish oil too. Krill works at the deepest levels of your joints, getting into the actual joint tissue that fish oil can’t. This is the reason it’s so much more effective at promoting healthy joints.


The healing power penetrates everywhere including your heart. Just look at what it does for heart muscle. Norwegian scientist recently published an incredible study looking at the effect this creature’s oil has on the heart muscle of rats that had heart attacks.


There were two groups. The first group was given krill oil before a heart attack was induced and the second was given krill oil after a heart attack was induced. It turns out that every single one of the rats in this study—those treated before and after—showed significantly higher heart-protecting omega-3s in their heart tissue. And, the rats that received their dose of krill oil before their heart attack had a significant reduction in the indicators of left ventricular damage.


It’s because the power of this special oil is so deeply penetrating into the heart tissue itself that it can promote normal left ventricular function in a healthy heart.


I’ve researched nutrition and medicine my whole life and one thing I know for sure… If I ever have a heart attack I want the most omega-3 protection for those cells in my heart muscle that I can get.


And this new study is not alone. Recently, a randomized study of 113 people compared fish oil and krill oil. For 7 weeks, one third received fish oil, one third received krill oil and the rest received nothing. Krill oil’s omega-3s were 27% more absorbent and powerful. Boosting omega-3 levels faster and with smaller dosages.3 Proving krill oil is more bio-available, absorbable, and more potent than fish oil.* It really makes your stinky old fish oil obsolete.”


That is really amazing! We know that fish oil is good, pretty good already. But krill oil is in another league, the major league as a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Are there any more advantages with krill oil against ordinary fish oil?


According to Dr. Sears, “Fish oil can’t enter the mitochondria (the tiny energy-makers in your cells). Krill can. Amazingly, this allows krill oil’s omega-3s to help support mitochondria’s production of energy. The loss of energy make’s doing the things you love, and getting up in the morning tougher—while putting your health under great strain.


This is particularly important in your brain and heart since they have the most mitochondria, and need the most energy. I recommend my patients use a form of CoQ10 called ubiquinol formula to replenish natural energy loss. But krill oil’s ability to flood your mitochondria with omega-3s certainly provides a nice energy enhancement too. By entering the mitochondria of your cells krill oil can also help support a healthy metabolism.


That’s what a study out of Italy looked at recently. According to the study, krill oil enters the liver and inhibits three key enzymes involved in the metabolism of fat... While also reducing liver triglycerides 50% more than fish oil and decreasing cholesterol levels 36% more than fish oil.


A Norwegian study also found that krill oil showed significant effects on glucose in the liver and metabolizing fat, helping promote healthy levels of fat in the liver and blood. But it’s not just the enzymes, fat, and glucose that it deals with through the mitochondria.


In my research, I’ve found that krill oil also helps support healthy function of the endocannabinoid system. It’s key in physiological processes like appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory. You will find that in people who are obese, this system is overactive, potentially can even lead to increased food intake and slowed metabolic function. Imagine the massive difference it would make, returning these unbalanced process to normal. The only reason any of this is at all possible is because krill oil can get powerful omega-3s deep into cells all over your body.”


The world of natural medicine is really full of surprises. We discover better and newer ways of making us healthy every day. Dr. Al Sears, MD is just one of the nutritional medicine specialists worldwide who are now promoting and encouraging open-minded patients to consider krill oil for its health benefits.


The entry of krill oil in the brain-joints-heart health program is a huge boost for those who would like to maintain optimum health the natural way. Who could have predicted that something will unseat fish oil as the best source of omega-3 fatty acids? While fish oil is still a good source of DHA and EPA, krill oil is an excellent source in which we don’t have to worry about fish smell, burping, reflux and indigestion.


Dr. Echano is an integrative medicine practitioner down under. Contact details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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