Benefits of Krill Oil without the Fishy Taste

May 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Antioxidant, Healthy Living

images[8]A popular new choice in omega-3s that can give your taste buds an option over the fishy taste of cod liver oil or standard fish oil supplements is making its way to the top sellers of health food stores. Krill, a tiny sea animal resembling shrimp,  delivers the healthy fats your body needs in a different way than other omega-3 supplements while also providing the added benefit of astaxanthins, a naturally occurring antioxidant. With healthy supplementation of omega-3s you can address inflammation, dry skin, fatigue, and cholesterol levels to name a few; take a look at why krill oil may be the best choice for you.

images[3]For most sources of omega-3s the healthy EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), fats are attached to triglycerides in the system.  Triglycerides are fats that can be burned for energy or stored as fuel for your body in fat cells. Krill oil is different from other omega-3 sources because the healthy fats are attached to phospholipids, the waxy substances that make up the membrane of each cell in our bodies. While all omega-3s are healthy choices, krill may be a more effective option since it supplies the benefits of omegas while also playing an active role in keeping the membranes healthy, enabling better communication between cells. Without healthy cell membranes our bodies don’t function properly and we are predisposed to illness. Properly functioning and healthy membranes result in nutrients being readily absorbed leading to rapid tissue repair and greater energy.

The antioxidant astaxanthin naturally occurs in crustaceans like krill and shrimp as well as salmon, microalgae, yeast, and any other plant or animal with a reddish color. Astaxanthin has been touted for its benefits to the cardiovascular system, immune health, and combattinimagesCAATL0DTg inflammation, among the other benefits of antioxidants, and current research suggests its promise for neurodegenerative diseases as antioxidants play in keeping us healthy in today’s environment.

There are a several types of krill oil currently available and as the oil gains popularity, there will likely be others. As more come onto the scene it’s important to know that krill gathered from the chilly water of Antarctica is superior to others. While some worry that overfishing due to the popularity of the oil will result in depletion of the krill, the Marine Stewardship Council suggests there is no concern if you’ll be careful with your purchases. Choosing only krill that comes from the Antarctic Ocean will help ensure the creatures thrive as there are limited areas to harvest, quotas to be followed, and strict standards applied. In addition to safeguarding that the crustacean isn’t in danger of extinction, choosing krill from the Antarctic Ocean may also be better for your body where toxins are involved. Consider how small the krill is (about the size of a paperclip) then consider how tiny their food sources are! Krill harvested from the chilly waters is believed to have been exposed to less chemical and toxic pollutants and is, therefore, a healthier and safer choice.

No matter which type of omega-3 supplementation you choose, the benefits from EPA and DHA can:

  • Reduce arthritis symptoms
  • Relieve PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps
  • Improve attention span and ADHD symptoms
  • Help maintain healthy weight levels
  • Provide relief for dry skin and eyes
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Lessen asthma attacks
  • Stabilize mood, address mood disorders, and reduce aggression
  • Promote healthy eyesight

Consequently, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a seafood allergy it is not recommended that you take krill oil supplements. Because krill oil can slow blood clotting, there is concern that it could increase the risk of severe bleeding during and after surgery; stop using any krill supplementation two weeks before and after a scheduled surgery or as directed by your physician.

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  • Fred

    It’s difficult to find well-informed people for this
    topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

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