Why Take Krill Oil? 5 Key Benefits Of Krill Oil Supplements
Krill Oil supplements are a fairly new addition to the world of health nutrition, not currently as popular as cod-liver oil or other fatty acid supplements. However, we think this is all set to change in the near future, once the wider health benefits of Krill Oil become better known. In this article we explain the principal health ingredients of Krill Oil, and the five main health benefits.
Krill Oil Active Ingredients
What are the main active ingredients of Krill Oil that are beneficial to human health?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in many cold water, fatty fish species, such as mackerel and salmon. It is also found in fish oils, and in an especially concentrated form in Krill Oil. It is not always practical to eat the volume of fish required to get the optimum health benefits from omega-3! Supplementing with Krill Oil solves this problem. Omega-3 is found in two forms in Krill Oil, both of which are highly beneficial to human health. The two forms are Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenic Acid (EPA). In Krill Oil these active ingredients are more bioavailable i.e. easier for your body to absorb than in other fish products, including fish oil. Both are so-called long chain fatty acids, which in practice are bound up in two types of compound: triglyceride and phospholipids. In Krill Oil, most of the Omega-3s are found in phospholipids, which are absorbed by the body in the small intestine, rather than being broken down in the stomach. This has two benefits. Firstly the compound can be directly metabolised without having to run the gauntlet of stomach acid first, and secondly, undesirable amine compounds are not released into the stomach. The so-called T-amines (TMAO and TMA) are the compounds responsible for fishy smelling burps an undesirable side effect of fish oil that is less of a problem with Krill Oil supplements.
Antioxidants are vital for protecting your body from the damaging effect of free radicals, which can cause cell damage and DNA mutations. Antioxidants help your body metabolise oxidising agents by binding them and allowing your body to process them harmlessly. One of the most powerful natural antioxidants is astaxanthin, a compound found abundantly in Krill Oil and is the substance which gives Krill its red colour.
Regular supplementation with Krill Oil, as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, has been linked to the following health benefits. Please note that we cannot make a direct medical claim for Krill Oil per se, but in laboratory tests the active ingredients present in Krill Oil (especially Omega-3 fatty acids) have been shown to have a beneficial impact on human health in a number of areas.
1) Improved Cognitive Functions
Omega-3 has been linked to successful treatments for depression, stress and ADHD, and a reduction of symptoms in Alzheimers disease and dementia.
2) Cardiovascular Health
Marine oil supplements have been shown to lower levels of fat in the blood, contributing to lower blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health. Lower cholesterol and blood fat levels correspond to a reduced risk of heart disease.
3) Healthy Joints
Some researchers have suggested that omega-3 supplements can have a positive effect on rheumatoid arthritis by curbing stiffness and joint pain, as well as complementing the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medication.
4) Increased Respiratory Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of marine oil may be linked to improved lung function, which can have a positive impact on breathing conditions such as asthma.
5) Child Development
DHA potentially plays a role in the brain development of unborn infants, making omega-3 a popular choice of supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The Case For Krill
If you currently take fish oil supplements, we recommend you give Krill Oil a try. Krill Oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, along with the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin. Krill Oil consumption has been linked to positive health benefits in human test subjects, including improved heart, liver, muscular and joint health. Tests have shown Krill Oilto have a better absorption than cod-liver oil and other fish oil products, which makes it more effective for long-term use. It also lacks the infamous fishy burp side effects common to many fish supplements, caused by water-soluble amine compounds in the oil.
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