Gone Fishin’? Make sure your choice of fish oil is truly safe.

Sunday 05 Oct, 2014 

 

There's a book I used to read to my youngest...

It's called Fish Tails.

The book is annoying because out of the six featured sea creatures who explain to the reader what their tails look like, only FOUR are fish. One is an octopus and one is a blue whale.

So two out of three of the characters in the book Fish Tails aren't actually fish.

And the octopus doesn't even have a tail. Which renders the book flawed in my view.

Anyway, the last page of the book goes like this:

"I'm a big blue whale and I have the biggest tail."

One day my daughter asked me exactly how big the blue whale's tail is. And I thought for a moment, and pronounced, in my most scientific tone: "Very big."

"It must eat lots of fish... and sharks... and crabs... and other whales" she said.

"Well no," I said, realising the absurdity of nature, "he eats really tiny prawns."

And it's an amazing thought isn't it? The biggest creature on the planet eats krill. These tiny shrimp are responsible for pretty much its entire nutritional intake. During the high feeding season, a blue whale consumes between four and six tons every day.

You don't find the blue whale nipping out of the ocean for a bag of grapes, just to add variety to its mundane diet.
Nope, the krill does very nicely thank-you-very-much! MORE PLEASE!

So what does the blue whale get from these mini-shrimp?

Aside from the protein it delivers, krill contains highly beneficial oils that also do humans a lot of good too.

A powerful source of healthy Omega-3 oil – click here for details

The unique benefits of krill oil

Like other fish oils, krill is packed full of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

The omega-3 fatty acids in krill come in the form of 'phospholipids'. The American alternative health guru Dr Mercola explains these as "the building blocks for your cell membranes, regulating cellular transport by functioning as 'gate-keepers'."

In other words, they guard the walls of your cells and protect them from the onslaught of damaging free radicals.

Because of these phospholipids, your body finds it easier to pass the crucial omega-3 fatty acids from your intestines to the cells that need them the most.

One of the main phospholipids in krill oil is called 'phosphatidyl choline'. Choline has been shown as an important substance for brain development learning and memory.

All in all, these tiny sea creatures punch above their weights when it comes to their health benefits.

No wonder the blue whale has the biggest tail.

Why should whales eat all the best stuff? Get your Krill Oil now

A natural remedy for cataracts, joint pain, depression and high cholesterol

Here are some of the ailments you can help remedy with krill oil....

  • High levels of bad cholesterol. In one study, where subjects were given krill oil, fish oil or a placebo krill lowered bad cholesterol by 34% and increased levels of good cholesterol by 43.5%. The fish oil only managed to reduce bad cholesterol by 4.6% That's quite a difference.
  • Joint pain. Some studies suggest that like other fish oils (like green lipped mussels for instance) krill can help reduce inflammation.
  • Depression. Upping your intake of omega-3s is vital if you suffer from depression, persistently low mood, or S.A.D. Obviously this isn't a magic bullet solution. This kind of supplement needs to work in conjunction with getting more sunlight (vitamin D), doing more exercise (to unlock your body's natural mood enhancers) and talking about your issues with a professional or trusted friend.
  • Cataracts and macular degeneration. The astaxanthin in krill oil can penetrate the eye tissue. Like green tea, this is another natural substance that could help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration (declining vision as you grow older).
  • Disease prevention. Krill oil can help protect you against free radicals, which are linked to numerous diseases.
  • Dementia and age-related cognitive decline. Many of the problems with memory, recall and concentration in old age aren't inevitable. With good nutrition you can keep your brain sharper for longer.

Obviously, krill is an animal, so this isn't suitable for vegetarians. Also, if you have a seafood allergy, then avoid.

If you're either of the above, I would stick to flax oil, which I've covered in previous Good Life Letters.

Krill Oil – a safe and sustainable source of Omega-3

Misguided advice – the great cod liver oil con

None of us are too old to learn are we?

I’m no different.

For years I took my cod liver oil and readily advised everyone to do the same, but it appears I have been the victim of what I now call the Great Fish Oil Con.

Basically, major players in the industry have been overfishing the oceans and adopting some pretty horrendous practices to get oil from the fish they catch, involving powerful chemicals – what they call the Five Stage Process.

I’ve written about this before but in summary this is it:

Stage 1: Molecular or alkali distillation. This is the rough processing of the raw oil where the majority of the heavy metal toxins found in these predator species of fish are removed – also removes much of the free fatty acids.

Stage 2: Bleaching with a settling agent. The oil has a natural yellow taint which varies by species and time of year, so a bleaching agent is used to homogenise the colour and finalise the removal of dioxins and other toxins – also removes some natural anti-oxidants.

Stage 3: Cold press filtering. Here a series of chemical filters are used to remove unwanted saturated fats. The oil is then heated to sterilise it – also damages some of the DHA & EPA molecules and reduces the available vitamin D.

Stage 4: Deodorisation. You see this oil smells like fish, a quite potent rotten version of the local docks to be accurate and the manufacturers realise that this isn’t good for sales so they treat it to remove the pong. Trouble is this also removes the last of the vitamin D and all of the vitamin A, but has the benefit of denaturing the toxic PCBs and pesticides found in the fish.

Stage 5: Reloading the vitamins. In order to meet the legal requirements for fish oil the processors add back large quantities of vitamins D, D3 and A – which seems ironic.

But if you're concerned about the rape and pillage of our planet's precious resources, the good news is that krill is plentiful and renewable. So there's a lot going for these little
fellas.

The oil we stock is sourced from the clean unpolluted waters of Antarctica which ensure the oil is virtually free from heavy metals and other contaminants.

More importantly the oil is extracted by gentle methods that do not harm the important and easily absorbable phospholipids which means you need less of the oil to get your daily dose of Omega-3.

Finally they are totally sustainable with only one third of one percent of the total biomass in the seas ever harvested.

Make taking Krill Oil a daily habit and feel good in every way possible

I'll be back with more ‘tails’ that may or may not involve fish, or fishlike creatures, very soon.

Yours, as always


 

 

 

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