Krill Oil: Whale Food or Superfood of the Future?

I’m often asked what the difference is between krill oil and regular fish oil. We all know that omega 3’s are great for reducing inflammation, so they are both great. But why choose krill oil instead of fish oil? First of all…

What is Krill Anyway?

Krill are small crustaceans found in the ocean, similar to shrimp. They’re an important part of the food chain: they feed on plankton, converting it into a form that can be consumed by whales, seals, penguins and other creatures of the sea. Tiny little krill make up the world’s largest animal biomass.

Why Take a Krill Oil Supplement?

One reason why krill is so appealing is because it contains phospholipids, which act as carriers of the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. This increases the bioavailability and absorption of krill oil.

The biggest benefit of krill oil is that it contains the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, giving krill its pink color. (It’s also responsible for the pink color of salmon and flamingo feathers.) As far as antioxidants go, astaxanthin can’t be beat in it’s ability to hunt down and trap free radicals. The only dietary sources of astaxanthin are microalgae and the sea creatures that eat the algae, such as salmon, shellfish and krill.

The Benefits of Krill Oil Include:

•    Promotes cardiovascular health – by increasing good cholesterol, decreasing bad cholesterol and triglycerides levels, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Also protects against hypertension and stroke.

•    Healthy brain function – astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier and shows neuroprotective effects

•    Diabetes – the antioxidants in krill oil are of great value for diabetics, as they often have a high level of oxidative stress. Krill oil research also shows improvements in blood glucose and hyperlipidemia.

•    Supports Skin Health – protecting against UVA-induced aging, as in skin sagging and wrinkles. Dr. Lipman always takes krill oil when he’s going out in the sun.

•    Anti-Inflammatory Benefits – helps to inhibit the formation of pro-inflammatory mediators. This can be especially helpful with patients with Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

•    Supports Gastric Health – Krill oil has found to be helpful in the treatment of H. pylori, helping to reduce bacterial load, gastric inflammation, and reflux symptoms.

•    Attention deficit problem and mood disorders – due to its ability to support cognition, mood and behavior, krill may be helpful for treating attention deficit problems and mood disorders, including with kids

•    Eye Support – beneficial in reducing and preventing eye strain

Be sure to note: if you’re allergic to shellfish, you should avoid krill.  If you have questions about Krill Oil, please feel free to reach out to us.

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