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Comparing Krill and Fish Oils

Essential Fatty Acids Why do people take fish oil or krill oil? Because both contain Essential Fatty Acids (or EFAs). EFAs are long-chain polyunsaturated fats that are "essential" because our bodies do not manufacture them, and they must be obtained from outside sources. The two main EFAs are Omega 3s and Omega 6s. A healthy balance of EFAs is needed for healthy hormone production and thyroid function; for cell membranes; for brain function; for cardiovascular health (think cholesterol and triglycerides); for inflammation reduction; and for healthy skin and hair ... to name a few. The typical Western diet has an overabundance of Omega 6s. They are found in things like highly processed corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, and nuts and seeds. These foods, especially the oils, are found in just about any packaged, convenience food. There is no lack of Omega 6s in most people's diets. The recommended ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 2:1. The American diet has more like a 10…