Fish oil supplements help individuals increase omega-3 consumption

If you are like most Americans, chances are you do not consume adequate amounts of omega-3s. Yet health experts say that these are among the most important nutrients a person can include in their diet. So how do you go about getting more?

Molly Kimball, a registered dietitian in New Orleans, recently wrote in the Times-Picayune that fish oil derived from cod liver is among the richest sources of omega-3s available. This substance has the two primary varieties of omega-3s, DHA and EPA.

She wrote that a person could get adequate amounts of omega-3s simply by eating more fish like cods or salmons, but few people have the taste for fish to allow them to eat enough to satisfy their bodies' needs for omega-3s. For these individuals, fish oil can fill the void.

Aside from cod liver oil, individuals who are looking to increase their consumption of omega-3 supplements may benefit from looking into krill oil. These supplements have the added benefit of containing high levels of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which may provide strong support for heart health.