In an ideal world, your child would get all the nutrition he or she requires from organically, biodynamically, locally grown food. But that’s simply not the case, so nutritional supplements like krill oil are available to help fill the need.
But what particular component of krill oil – specifically Krill Oil for Kids – positively impacts your child’s health and well-being?* Dr. Joseph Mercola shares the good news.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats
Apart from offering DHA, choline, and other nutrients that aid your child’s learning and mental development, Krill Oil for Kids is considered a wonderful source of omega-3 fats.
There are two types of fat: omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which are both essential to your health. The ideal ratio of these fats is 1:1. However, the typical American consumes far too many omega-6 fats in their diet while consuming very low omega-3 levels.
The primary sources of omega-6 are corn, soy, canola, safflower and sunflower oil, which are overabundant in the typical American diet.
“Over a century ago, most of the average intake of omega-6 fats from vegetable oils was about a pound a year. A century later, we’re having 70 to 75 pounds of this omega-6 vegetable oil a year. And that’s just not healthy, because this omega-6 and omega-3 ratio becomes severely distorted,” warns Dr. Mercola.
The Problem with Fish
The best type of omega-3 fats are found in fish because they contain DHA and EPA, both crucial to human health.*
However, there’s a catch. Dr. Mercola explains:
The challenge, of course, is that most of the marine life is contaminated with mercury. Why? Because the bulk of electricity – at least in North America – is provided by burning coal, and coal is contaminated with mercury. When you burn the coal, it volatilizes and literally tons of mercury drop down into the ocean every year and gets recycled into the marine life and is actually bioaccumulated in the organism. The longer they live, the more mercury they’re going to have. (Emphasis added)
This is why it’s now highly unlikely to acquire fish (and fish oil supplements) that’s mercury-free, unless it comes from the extremes like the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.
The Krill Oil Advantage for Your Kids
Natural health experts like Dr. Mercola prefer krill oil for a number of reasons, mainly:
- Krill oil contains phospholipids. “Phospholipids actually increase your body’s ability to absorb it effectively. And because of that, you tend not to get this belching or burping that many people have with fish oil,” explains Dr. Mercola. Choline is a phospholipid and is found in your child’s brain. It has been seen to promote intelligence and support proper cholesterol function and levels in your child’s body.*
- Krill oil is loaded with antioxidants. Since omega-3 fats are unsaturated fats, they’re highly perishable and easily oxidized when exposed to oxygen. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation from taking place.
- Krill is a highly renewable omega-3 source. Krill forms the largest biomass on Earth. “It is not an issue from an environmental perspective. It’s certainly far more renewable and friendlier than traditional fish as a source of omega-3 fats,” says Dr. Mercola.
Won’t you take advantage of this great insurance for a healthy and smart child?* Keep posted for more krill oil and optimal health news.