The Health Benefits of Squid (Calamari) Oil

Squid Oil

Most health conscious people regularly supplement their diet with fish oil which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. However more recently squid oil has burst on to the scene as the most healthy omega-3 supplement available.

Squid OilSquid oil is a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and improves the heart and brain functions. It is also a better source of omega-3 fatty acids when compared to fish oil or krill oil. The oil is also ecologically more sustainable than fish oil as the squids have a shorter life span (around 450 days), a lower reproductive age and the squid population is generally more resilient to extensive fishing. The another good aspect about the calamari is their unusually high weight gain, they acquire one unit of body weight for every two units of food consumed. The squids are generally fished using hooklines, the selective hooklines only target the fully grown adult quids, thereby not harming the average population of squids, there is also no collateral damage to other species in the sea.

One of the Richest Sources of DHA

Docosahexaenoic acid also commonly called as DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid, and it is an important structural component of our brain, skin, reproductive organs (testicles and sperm) and also retina. This acid is an essential fatty acid (it cannot be synthesized within the our body and must be present in our food for a healthy body). Therefore DHA in food is very important for healthy brain, eyes, central nervous system, heart, skin and testicles. In addition to these health benefits, DHA also acts as a strong anti-inflammatory agent.

The Squid Oil:

The Squid oil is extracted from the trimmings of squid, the crude is then filtered, refined and purified. The commercial process involves cold filtration, organic filtration, detoxification and concentration. Due to the high concentration of DHA in the squid oil, one squid oil capsule can replace a handful of fish oil capsules.

Side Effects:

Squid oil is generally very safe and is well tolerated by most body types, however in rare cases consuming squid oil might result in side effects like diarrhea and bad breath. People with heart condition and those who are under blood thinning medication should consult a doctor before consuming squid oil supplements. People with sea food allergy should avoid squid oil.

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