Krill is a species of crustaceans similar to shrimp that mainly serves as food for larger marine animals such as whales, seals, dolphins and other fish. Krill oil is extracted from the Antarctic species of krill, Euphausia superba, as it contains the most potent form of components such as Omega-3 fatty acids, PLFA (phospholipid-derived fatty acids) referred to as ‘marine lecithin’. Oceanic fish oils are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, mainly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). While most fish oils contain EPA and DHA, krill oil is particularly rich in choline-containing phospholipids and a concentration of 34g of phosphatidylcholine per 100g. Krill oil also contains a fair amount of astaxanthin which is responsible for the red color of krill.
What Are The Benefits Of Krill Oil Supplements?
Krill oil is a great way to renew health with its unique ability to transport adequate amounts of the healing power and antioxidant effects of Omega-3 fatty acids into the body thereby reducing cholesterol and keeping your heart healthy. Clinical studies are ongoing to research and test the effectiveness of krill oil. Below are some of the health benefits of taking krill oil supplements on a daily basis:
– Protects the heart.
– Maintains healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
– Boosts the immune system.
– Eases pre-menstrual stress such as fluid retention, cramps, and mood swings.
– Upholds brain health such as learning, memory, and concentration.
– Improves liver function.
– Improves overall function and lubrication of joints.
Krill oil provides a significant improvement in cardiovascular health by helping to maintain healthy inflammatory pathways. Studies have shown that krill oil supplements help to sustain healthy HDL cholesterol levels. Just 500mg of krill oil taken daily showed a significant improvement in HDL levels compared with 3g of other fish oil supplements. Most krill oil supplements contain 1,250mg of extract which is more than twice the amount used in the study.
Women in particular benefit from the unique ability of krill oil to help ease the distress of PMS in addition to the dozens of other benefits. In studies with participants taking krill oil the following results were experienced:
– Reduction in discomfort from cramps
– Reduction in mild mood swings
– Less fluid retention
In a study published by The American Journal of Nutrition, krill oil was analyzed to determine its effectiveness in lubricating joints and in maintaining a healthy inflammatory response. After the study participants reported the following benefits:
– Improved joint function.
– Reduced joint distress.
– Increased overall mobility.
– Reduced stiffness.
The most exciting finding of this study was that results were obtained in just 7 – 14 days indicating the effectiveness of krill oil in joint agility and lubrication.
Krill oil also has great brain health benefits from its rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and the powerful astaxanthin antioxidant with its rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and maintain cellular integrity. The antioxidants in krill oil also slow the aging process and promote radiant youthful skin.