As you may know, omega-3 fatty acids are essential because your body cannot manufacture them, and they must be obtained from diet or nutritional supplements. There are two primary omega-3s: EPA and DHA. EPA has healthy inflammatory response effects and plays multiple roles in cardiovascular health, while DHA is particularly abundant in the brain. Both EPA and DHA, however, are present in tissues throughout the body and are required for optimal health. One of the best—and most recognized—dietary sources of omega-3s is fatty cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, cod, and tuna. Eating these types of fish several times a week will give you plenty of these crucial fatty acids. However, most of us just don’t eat, or may not want, fish that frequently. That’s why Dr. Whitaker is an enthusiastic proponent of omega-3 supplements—fish, squid, and krill. Here’s a quick summary of the differences between these supplements:

Fish Oil: The omega-3s found in fish oil have been the focus of the majority of the scientific research, and these supplements are the most economical. Squid Oil: The primary difference between this omega-3 source (also called Calamarine®, which is the brand name of the largest producer) and fish oil is the percentage of EPA and DHA—squid contains more DHA. Krill Oil: This supplement source of omega-3s has grown tremendously in popularity in recent years. Derived from tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, krill contains phospholipids, which may increase omega-3 absorption, and astaxanthin, a carotenoid with significant antioxidant properties. The bottom line? Dr. Whitakers suggests choosing your omega-3 supplement according to your personal preferences. For example, if you’re looking for higher DHA concentrations, go for squid oil. If price is your focus, fish oil is likely the most economical choice. Just make sure your supplements are from a reputable manufacturer and are guaranteed for purity.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Vitamins & Supplements

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