Popping Pills 3: Fish and Krill Oil

My vitamins

I used to take fish oil. I switched to krill oil because the pretty packaging told me it was better and it is a smaller pill. Now, I am reconsidering because of an info-program on an AM radio station. It seems that both have benefits. Check the EPA and DHA levels in your supplement. There are also antioxidant action to be considered.

It seems that there is still a lot of research to be done to find out which, if either, is better for what. As I have stated in the previous popping pills posts, please consult your doctor before adding any supplement to your routine. Fish oils can affect you in unintended ways and may not be suitable to for use with certain medications. Fishy burps are supposed to be helped by special coatings used by some brands and by freezing the pills. I have not had the problem with krill oil.

I started taking an Omega 3 supplement because my dry eyes and aching joints. Purported cardiovascular benefits were just a bonus. I do try to eat fish and seeds that contain omega 3’s, so I do not take supplements everyday. My food list: flaxseeds, chia seeds, salmon, sardines, walnuts, white fish (please be careful with mercury levels in fish). For a long list of foods and their fatty acid content click here. Currently, there is no RDA for omega 3.

What Omega 3 may help:

Inflammation

Heart Disease

Arthritis

Cognitive Function

Vision

Nerves

Triglyceride levels

ADHD

Depression

More on Omegas:

Download PDF

From Good Fats 101

Other Resources:

University of Maryland

Women to Women

Web MD

Previously on Popping Pills:

D3

Iron

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20 thoughts on “Popping Pills 3: Fish and Krill Oil

  1. I try to take an Omega 3 supplement a few times a week since I don’t eat fish, but I don’t always remember. It seems it was all the rage for a while, but now some studies are suggesting it isn’t all it was touted to be. Isn’t that the way it goes with vitamins in general? That’s why I only take calcium, vitamin D, and the fish tabs (when I remember), and I try to get all the rest (as well as these three) from my diet.

    By the way, not sure I should admit it or not, but when I first read your blog post title, I read it as ‘Pooping Pills.’ Too much time with teenage sons.

  2. The protein powder I use has Omegas, but when I don’t use it I totally go without, which is bad. On the plus, I did just get some liquid multiples today.

  3. Not to be flippant but a college room-mate once told me that there were benefits to be had by swallowing goldfish.

  4. Isn’t it amazing how many conditions are helped from omega 3s? My favorite is chia seeds, they are tasteless and can be added to most anything. 🙂

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