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Sunday 28th April 2013 

 

A Krill may be a small shrimp but its vital in the food chain…

Way back in the mists of time, when a local school teacher was trying to pummel knowledge into my unyielding brain, I remember something being said about the food chain.

I recall that huge numbers of the simplest organisms at the bottom of the stack helped support a much smaller number of the big boys at the top.

Small creatures were preyed upon by slightly larger ones, who in turn became lunch for the bigger ones, who finally ended up as main course for the top predators – but it seems this isn’t always the case.

It fascinates me that something as big as a whale missed out the intervening stages and went straight for the little stuff directly.

A mammal weighing something like 20 tonnes feeding mainly on tiny fish fry and also on shrimps called krill seems an odd one to comprehend, however, these majestic creatures may have known something that we have only recently discovered.

Discover why a diet which includes krill oil boosts your eyesight, brain power and heart function

Why the biggest creature in the ocean knows best

The whole food chain thing came back to me whilst I was at the Natural & Organic Products Show at Olympia earlier this month.

In conversation with one chap on a stand he was talking eloquently about the latest research from the European Food Standards Agency indicating that many supplements simply don’t provide enough of the active ingredient we need.

Omega fatty acids are a fantastic case in point.

For many years we have been told to increase the amount of Omega 3 and 9 in our diet to improve our cardiovascular function.

This helps support a huge market in supplements, mostly derived from oily fish like mackerel and tuna.

However, it turns out that these products might not be either sufficient to make a difference or be entirely safe to take.

In the case of the Omega 3 content much of it is derived from fish, however, there is no guarantee that they are taken from waters which are free from pollutants like mercury and other heavy metals.

Plus, the relative amounts of Omega 3 may be below newly recommended levels.

Actually, it’s not the amount of Omega 3 the problem lies with its composition.

The two major components of Omega 3 are known as DHA and EPA (they have very long names which really upset my spellchecker when I try to include them!).

What is important to know is that EPA & DHA are highly unsaturated fats which play a very important role with the function of our bodies.

They are vital nutrients and maintain healthy function of the following:

- Brain and Retina- DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters which are important for brain function.

- Cardiovascular - EPA and DHA are converted into hormone like substances called prostaglandins, and they regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.

- Growth & Intellect – These compounds are important in early and late age to help develop bodies and maintain cognitive function. In fact these compounds are so important that pregnant mums are advised to take supplements to help their babies brains develop and research has shown that it is even more important to maintain function as we age.

So, let me just recap all of that for a moment...

...the correct balance of Omega oils is vital, and the right amounts of DHA and EPA is critical.

But how do you make sure that you are getting the right amount?

You might think that eating even more fish is the answer, but actually we should be looking further down the food chain than that.

Some of the smallest creatures in our oceans provide the mainstay diet for the larger – as my dear teacher would implore me to remember.

It is these, the simplest of organisms, which actually provide the fatty acids which are concentrated by the larger fish and mammals that feed upon them.

Interestingly this means that the shoals of mackerel, tuna and sardines that are used for other supplements are feeding on the same food source as the gigantic whales that roam our watery world.

Basically, it is the krill at the bottom of the food chain which are rich in the essential Omega 3 constituents, and it is these that we should be eating as well.

Maybe the majestic ocean creatures know more about eating healthily than we thought!

So, how can you get to enjoy the healthy benefits of krill?

Click here to discover the once a day way to get the full recommended amount of EPA and DHA

There is much that other sellers need to know too...

Don’t imagine that the big boys on the High Street know what they are doing either.

Yesterday I was looking through the shelves of my local health food store that may or may not have something to do with a flat European country and a shoe shop...

...well they had something on their shelves called ‘Maximum Strength, Triple Omega 3,6,9’ claiming to provide all that you need – but when I looked into it they weren’t even close.

For a start they advised that a daily dose was three capsules, meaning a 60 capsule pack would only last 20 days – that didn’t seem like good value to me.

Next the three capsules would give you only 240mg of DHA per day, below the 250mg minimum advised by EFSA in their research.

So, it seems if you really do want to protect your heart, eyesight and brain and only take one simple capsule a day – you really need to Think Krill.

Find out more about Think Krill here

Yours, as always

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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