A Seafood Lover's Guide To More Omega 3

March 2011, Xtend-Life Expert

Summary

I love seafood. In fact, I love it so much that I could eat easily eat fish for breakfast, lunch and supper. My passion for seafood is shared by my wife. She’s Portuguese so you can imagine the amount of delicious seafood meals we regularly enjoy. You’d think that with all this seafood, my family would be fine in terms of receiving enough omega 3 fatty acids per day...but believe it or not, it’s still not enough.

I love seafood. In fact, I love it so much that I could eat easily eat fish for breakfast, lunch and supper. My passion for seafood is shared by my wife. She’s Portuguese so you can imagine the amount of delicious seafood meals we regularly enjoy, like grilled sardines on the BBQ and my favorite…a tasty and healthy Portuguese seafood stew called ‘caldeirada’.

You’d think that with all this seafood, my family would be fine in terms of receiving enough omega 3 fatty acids per day. Well, we do get a good amount omega 3 but believe it or not, it’s still not enough.

The proteins and other nutrients we get from our high seafood diet may be good but in terms of optimizing our DHA intake, there’s simply no substitute for a daily regime of Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil.

As you may know, DHA is the real McCoy as far as omega 3s are concerned. It’s the primary component of the human brain and it’s the omega 3 fatty acid that you want for you and your family.

Eating lots of seafood may increase your daily intake of EPA and DHA, but unless you know exactly where your fish is sourced from, you may be at some risk of potential mercury poisoning or an increased intake of PCBs.

Living in New Zealand, we’re blessed with the pristine and clean Southern Ocean being right on our door-step. During my wife’s recent pregnancy, we weren’t concerned about eating locally caught fish because the purity of New Zealand’s seafood is unrivalled to anywhere else in the world. However, we wanted to ensure that she received an optimal amount of DHA not only during her pregnancy but also while she was nursing our newborn son.

I understand that some people may find it difficult to know exactly where their seafood is sourced, let alone enjoy fresh fish that hasn’t been frozen for days. This makes it all that more important to supplement daily with a fish oil that is high in DHA.

By taking Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil, we optimized her daily DHA intake which ensured that our son received a healthy amount for his brain development, as well as ensuring that her daily levels were in check. This meant that we could still enjoy our regular seafood feasts, safe in the knowledge that everyone was receiving optimal doses of omega 3s, especially DHA…and without the worry of PCBs and other toxins.

Four months on since my son was born, nothing has changed. Our diet remains the same and both mother and child are exceptionally healthy and content. I’m convinced that eating a Mediterranean diet that is high in seafood, extra virgin olive oil and vegetables…combined with Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil contributed to their health and wellness…not to mention mine as well!

7 Comments

  • “I see that you are still promoting fish oil when all the other supplement manufacturers are jumping on the krill oil bandwagon. Aren’t the omega 3s in krill oil supposed to be absorbed into the blood stream better than fish oil, and doesn’t krill oil contain antioxidants (astaxanthin) that fish oil doesn’t? Why doesn’t Xtend-life offer krill oil supplements?”

    Susan Gage - April 03 2011

  • “I have been taking the xtend life fish oil for a year and a half. I have no need for krill oil. My doctor, after my last physical exam, tells me inflamation is the lowest it has ever been. Don’t mess with my fish oil. Try the ultra! Astaxanthin included. Krill is a vital low in the food chain nutrient needed to sustain pelagic life. Don’t mess with krill! Leave it alone.”

    chris - April 04 2011

  • “Thanks for your comments Beata…it’s great to hear that you’re getting the benefits you wanted from the Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil.”

    Xtend-Life Expert - March 31 2011

  • “Dear Dean, I often meet the statement I eat plenty of fish and I dont need Omega3 supplements when I speak of the Omega3. So THANK YOU for this article. Another issue in getting the Omega3 via your seafood diet is that it gets destroyed during the cooking! When heating fish, or even marinating fresh fish, the Omega will either slowly get oxidised or simply destroyed completely by heat… thus only true fresh seafood (like grade a sushi) is a source (apart from capsuled supplements of cause).. So the statement; I eat plenty of fish and I dont need Omega3 supplements is entirely dependent on its cooking, which makes the statement false by definition in most of the world including the delicious caldeirada Or am I wrong or too square?”

    JT - April 06 2011

  • “Hi Susan From time to time, some of our customers ask similar questions to yours regarding krill oil versus fish oil. It’s an interesting product and we were actually offered it a few years ago…however we decided not to go ahead with it, preferring to stay with our fish oil. This is because all the marketing around krill oil is pure hype. We have done a few blog entries on this and I really encourage you to click on the links below to read why we believe there really is no other alternative to fish oil: <a href= http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/10-10-20/Krill_oil_versus_Fish_oil-1582333168.aspx >http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/10-10-20/Krill_oil_versus_Fish_oil-1582333168.aspx <a href= http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/10-05-14/Krill_oils_conservation_controversy.aspx >http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/10-05-14/Krill_oils_conservation_controversy.aspx I hope these help answer your question. Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions or comments. Best regards, Dean”

    Xtend-Life Expert - April 06 2011

  • “Hi JT I agree, there is nothing better than fresh sushi and sashimi; however, eating raw fish may not appeal to everyone. In addition to this, I believe that cooked seafood and other fish meals are better than none at all…provided of course that the seafood isn’t deep fried. Nevertheless, most people cannot eat fresh sushi and sashimi everyday due to many factors like availability, questionable suppliers and freshness…not to mention the price. This only emphasizes the importance for people to supplement daily with omega 3 fish oil, regardless if they eat raw or cooked seafood…or none at all. ”

    Xtend-Life Expert - April 06 2011

  • “Two months ago I ordered Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil. I suffer from insomnia and depression. For the first time in my life any supplement made such a huge impact on my well-being. No more sleeping pills!! My depression lifted and I found myself not overreacting to everything that used to make me go ‘ape shape’. I have a very short fuse, I’m quite hyper and get stressed quite quickly. My policy is ’I’ll try anything once’ paid off handsomely this time. I did order another batch, this time premium version. I’d recommend it to everyone who thinks it’s yet ‘another Omega 3’ fish oil. I did take a number of different brands before. This product is truly superior to anything I ever used before. ”

    Beata - March 30 2011

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