You hear a lot of conflicting parenting advice these days.
Some small differences aren’t a big deal
others are more disturbing.
You think one thing is good for your kids’ health…
Then it changes overnight.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with emerging health news, isn’t it?
And it’s even harder to sort the real stuff from the fads.
The hard reality of parenting
You don’t let your toddler eat pure sugar for breakfast.
You don’t let your teen drive a car with no airbags.
These are no-brainers…
Everything else isn’t so simple. Smaller details can be hard to know for sure.
You know you don’t wanna be that GMO nazi that ruins birthday parties…
But you do want the latest facts that help your family be healthier or safer.
To prevent aggressive behaviors, depression, and poor thinking abilities – we know omega 3’s are crucial.
I still remember my third grade teacher saying, “Eat fish before the aptitude test, it helps you think clearly!”
But the idea of fish for breakfast made me gag. In fact, I was like a lot of kids – I hated the taste of fish.
Nutrients missing… Supplements to the rescue?
Using pills or chewables to fill a nutrient gap is common, (even with adaptogen supplements like ursolic acid).
And Americans have turned to omega 3 fatty acid supplements to help us “think clearly.”
Not to mention avoid dementia or Alzheimer’s later in life.
But have we been doing it all wrong?
Probably, and here’s why.
Fish Oil is not a good source of omega 3’s
This is true because of several factors:
1) It’s not absorbed well (your body uses phospholipids – fish oil comes in triglyceride or ethyl ester form, making them less bioavailable)
2) It can go bad quickly (especially if the maker or seller stored it poorly – this is very common, unfortunately)
3) It can be harmful (mercury and other frightening contaminants are a major problem – oils from big fish like tuna have the highest levels)
Want to give your child the long-term edge given by omega 3’s?
You should rethink fish oil based supplements.
Same goes for you if you’re looking for better mental and physical health.
What to look for instead
So you know you want omega 3’s that absorb easy.
You know you don’t want a source that can go rancid easily.
And you know you want to avoid toxic pollutants like mercury.
Essentially, your perfect omega 3 source would:
1) Be in phospholipide form
2) Be protected from going bad as easily
3) Come from a source low on the food chain (big fish eat smaller fish and the contaminants build up)
Hey 2016, meet krill oil
Krill oil has been around a few years but it’s popularity has recently surged.
Why? Because it lacks all the harmful things that can go wrong with fish oil:
Krill are super low on the food chain.
The oil comes in the right form.
It naturally has an amazing antioxidant that secures it from going bad (astaxanthin).
It’s also 40% more bioavailable, so you or your child can get more bang for your buck – in a healthier way.
And because omega 3’s have been shown to curb depression, it makes krill oil the obvious choice.
So if you’re not big on eating fish everyday – there is a better way to stay sharp and fight depression.
Ditch your old fish oil pills.
Provide your family this remarkable new alternative.
Because it’s not a fad, it’s science 🙂
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Li, Fang, Xiaoqin Liu, and Dongfeng Zhang. (2015) Fish consumption and risk of depression: a meta-analysis. Journal of epidemiology and community health
Psychology research from PsychInsider helped inform some of this post.
Morris, M. C., Tangney, C. C., Wang, Y., Sacks, F. M., Bennett, D. A., & Aggarwal, N. T. (2015). MIND diet associated with reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia.