We take fish oil for our brain, right? Well what if I were to tell you that it may be as important for our gut flora and gastrointestinal tract?
Research is having a profound effect on our knowledge of how the gut flora works. I’m going to share with you some of the most recent insights while taking a deep dive into what fish oil you need to be taking.
This Seems Fishy
I know, it may seem weird that fish oil promotes gut health. Most of us see it as a brain food. Omega 3 fatty acids have long been touted as one of the most powerful foods for your brain.
I mean, heck, your brain is made up of fats. So, getting the proper amounts of DHA and EPA long chain fatty acids should take major precedence in your diet. Yet, it’s not the only reason to be loading up on Omega 3’s.
The gut needs these fatty acids as well according to research. Actually this has been in the “know” of research and science since the early thousands. In 2001 Clinical Nutrition published a study proving it.
In the research they revealed that leaky gut or gut wall permeability was greatly effected by EPA and ALA long chain fatty acids. Specifically, that EPA effects the tight junction bonds in your gut (1).
These are the bonds that are important. Without these bonds being healthy your food leaks into your gut and wreaks all sorts of havoc on your body.
Fish Oil and Your Gut Lining
In a more recent study in 2012 this scenario was recreated. Not only did they find that fish oil effected the gut lining but it had a massive positive impact.
In a study in the American Society for Nutrition they found that long chain fatty acids such as those found in fish oil actually enhance intestinal integrity (2). This is pretty amazing when you consider the importance of the gut lining.
There have also been studies that show E. Coli being more prevalent in lab animals that were not fed fish oil (3). Meaning, it is a strong possibility that fish oil holds the bad bacteria at bay while promoting good bacterial growth.
Alright, so we’ve established the importance of fish and fish oil. So, now what is the best oil to take? What’s going to be the healthiest. Let’s get to it!
Fish Are Dangerous?
Most seafood is highly contaminated with Mercury, toxins and other heavy metals. Sadly, most of the seas and oceans have high concentrations of Benzene, PCB’s, Lead, Mercury, etc. These toxins bio-accumulate in the largest of the fish.
So, as the smaller fish are eaten by the bigger fish again and again we see an accumulation of these toxins. It grows and grows until we reach the top of the food chain. The bigger the fish the higher the concentration. Pretty simply math.
This is one of the many reasons why I cannot advocate you relying on seafood as your main source for EPA and DHA. With that, to get the best fish around would put you in the poor house faster than you can say the word go.
If you’re going to get seafood you want to be eating that which is sustain-ably caught in less polluted waters like the northeastern coast of the US or Alaska. This can get expensive and would simply never supplement your need for EPA and DHA.
Krill Oil vs Fish Oil, Which Is Better?
So, we’ve established why it’s wildly, insanely important for you to have EPA and DHA. This is the crossroads that most people get mixed up in.
With all of the above said, which is better? If you were to choose between Krill and Fish Oil why would you choose one or the other? There are a few variables and I believe it to be important to give them due diligence.
You can get the answers in PART II of this article. Simply click the link.