Omega-3 sources are not all the same. In fact, you may not be getting everything that you need.
It may seem logical that fat is fat regardless of its source, but there’s more to the story when omega-3 fatty acids are involved. While fatty fish like salmon and sardines are the most common sources of this essential fatty acid, you can also get it from the following:
Fortified foods are those that state on the label that omega 3s were added. Orange juice is one product that is commonly seen with the additive. Unfortunately, these products typically contain very little omega-3 fatty acid, so you would have to consume a lot of them on a daily basis in order to supply your body with adequate amounts of this nutrient.
You can eat fish two or three times a week to enjoy a satisfactory intake, but that’s assuming the fish is cooked in a manner that doesn’t destroy the omega-3 fatty acids and you consume at least one full serving multiple times a week. The question then becomes which foods are the best and how do you prepare them.
Finally, you have the option of taking in omega-3 fatty acids through a supplement. Fish oil has been the most commonly used supplement for many years, but studies are showing that krill actually contain higher quality omega-3 oils. There are many fish oil and krill oil supplements on the market, but they aren’t all equal. Some have a higher content of pure fish or krill oil while others include a lot of fillers. Others are sourced from higher-quality, safer fish and krill.
When selecting a supplement, keep the following tips in mind:
If you’re still on the fence between krill and fish oil supplements, consider one fact: krill oil doesn’t have the fish taste and smell that often comes with fish supplements.