Krill oil is an omega 3 fatty acid that is extracted from a particular species of antarctic krill. Containing DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), the omega 3’s in oily fish such as krill oil, benefits many functions of the body and are absolutely CRUCIAL to good health.
As the human body cannot manufacture its own omega 3 it must be taken in through the diet and/or supplementation. The problem with the cheaper omega 3 supplements is they are poorly absorbed in the body, and you can sometimes lose up to 90% of the benefits through this alone.
This is why krill oil specifically, can be a great substitute to other fish oils due to its much higher bio availability in the body.
OTHER KRILL OIL BENEFITS:
OMEGA 3’S AND ANTI AGING
Exactly how omega 3 fatty acids affect the skin is not yet known, but we do know that EFA’S (essential fatty acids, like those found in krill oil) work like magic when it comes to attaining a healthy youthful glow and smooth skin.
Boosting your levels of these fatty acids gives your skin the ability to hold moisture more effectively, which plumps out and smooths wrinkles and fine lines. A diet low in EFA’s can lead to premature wrinkles and dried out skin, and none of us want that!
As mentioned above, one of the main added benefits of krill oil is its bio availability which is quite different to fish oil. Instead of attaching to triglycerides, the krill’s omega 3 fatty acids attach themselves to phospholipids which allows for much easier absorption.
Krill oil omega 3’s can help improve cardiovascular health by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increasing HDL levels. They also act as an anticoagulant, which can help prevent blood clotting – a factor that can cause heart attacks and strokes.
EFFECTIVE ANTI INFLAMMATORY
The omega 3’s in krill oil can have a huge effect in the reduction of inflammation. Chronic inflammation in the body can be the cause of many illnesses and diseases, such alzheimer’s, diabetes, high BP, high cholesterol, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, Parkinson’s and crohn’s.
For these reasons alone it is worth supplementing your diet with a good quality omega 3 oil to help act as a preventative measure.
For more information on an anti inflammatory diet please visit my page ‘Benefits of a plant based Diet’.
REDUCED PMS SYMPTOMS
Although it’s still unclear how or why omega 3’s have a positive effect on PMS, studies show that great improvements are made with supplementation. This is thought to be due to the effect of omega 3’s on the brain (which needs fats to function properly), therefore helping to ease the depression, anxiety, and mood the swings associated with that time of the month.
Inflammation and PMS –
Inflammation effects how the brain works, which can in turn lead to hormone imbalance. Omega 3′ can reduce overall inflammation in the body and therefore may help to reduce the symptoms of PMS.
Good quality omega 3’s can positively affect the neurological development of your unborn baby. A baby heavily relies on omega 3 fatty acids for the strong development of its brain, eyes, and central nervous system. (Omega 3 supplementation can also help stop allergies in children).
These EFA’s have a good effect on the mother also; helping to keep mood and hormones stable during pregnancy. This supplementation should carry on whilst breastfeeding to ensure the baby and mother are both receiving an adequate supply.
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
The area of depression and anxiety is a big subject in itself and requires more than just one approach. To really help ease these conditions you will also need to consume a healthy low GI diet, keep stress to a minimum, get plenty of fresh air and sunlight, plus good quality exercise. All of these combined with omega 3 fish oils will help ease depression and anxiety.
It’s the anti inflammatory effect of fish oils that can have the effect of reducing depression and anxiety. This is a subject close to my own heart, and I know from personal experience that using a combination of all of the above relieved my symptoms of depression by about 90%. I cannot say with certainty that it will work for everyone, but it cannot do any harm to try.
OMEGA 3’S AND EXERCISE
Omega 3’s are simply a must for anybody in any form or training or doing regular exercise. Due to their anti inflammatory effects omega 3’s will help fasten recovery time, relieve joint tenderness, and heal the tiny tears that muscles are left riddled with after a hard workout.
Omega 3 fatty acids increase protein synthesis, therefore helping you build stronger muscles in less time and stronger, bones that are less likely to break – plus EFA’s will help give relief from the associated days of muscle aches and pains.
Better muscle function:
The DHA and EPA in these oils make your muscles work better. This is due to the omega 3 in muscle membranes, neurons, and nerve endings that direct your body’s neuromuscular function. In turn, this can help the muscles to function up to 20% better, and because of the added heart benefits of EFA’s you will also decrease the amount of oxygen you need, giving you that competitive edge.
Omega 3’s also help you to lose those excess pounds, as they encourage the body to burn fat for fuel during exercise instead of burning lean muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have on your body in general the more calories you will burn, even at rest, so it is important to build muscle up as much as possible.
Exercise induced asthma:
Another great benefit of omega 3’s is it’s effect on exercise induced asthma. A study from ‘Respiratory Medicine’ found lung function and airway inflammation ‘dramatically improved’ with the supplementation of omega 3’s in those that suffered with this condition.
Krill oil contains a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin, which helps to keep the compound stable and stops it from spoiling (a problem that many other oils have) in both your stomach, and on the shelf).
Also, you have the added benefits of the antioxidant itself, which our bodies need for protection and the neutralisation of free radicals, from both the environment and the food we eat.
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