Krill oil

Krill oil is an oil that comes from a tiny crustacean that is akin to the shrimp. It is commercially fished off the coasts of Canada and Japan. These small sea creatures range in size up to 6 centimeters in length. They are utilized as food for aquariums, bait for sports fishing, food and for their oils. The Japanese eat Krill and call the dish okiami.

The Krill are a reddish pink color like lobster or shrimp and their oils are extracted and used as a nutritional supplement. The oil has the same omega 3 fatty acids that other fish oils do. Krill oil also has a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin which is the element that is responsible for giving the Krill their color. The Krill gain their color and the antioxidant for their oil from eating the algae that lies along the sea beds where they live. Krill oil also contains significant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.

Krill oil is becoming very popular as a nutritional supplement for several reasons. The first reason is due to it being very rich in omega 3 fatty acids like other fish oils. Many people like Krill oil better than other fish oils as it does not give them the fishy aftertaste or cause them to burp and have the aftertaste as many of the other fish oils can. The other reason is that astaxanthin as an antioxidant can freely pass through the barrier from blood to the brain which helps it protect the brain and the other parts of the nervous system from damage that can be caused by free radicals.

Research is being done at present to see how beneficial Krill oil is in lowering cholesterol levels amongst other things. In some previous studies Krill oil has been shown to lower cholesterol levels by as much as 35% as well as lowering triglycerides at the same time. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown in research in the past to have significant effects in lowering the risk of future heart and cardiovascular disease. Krill oil has the same potential as other fish oils in this respect.

Another study was done which showed that Krill oil was beneficial in reducing the inflammation and pain that happens in the joints in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There were some studies that looked at Krill oil as being beneficial for aches and pains in general. More study is needed before the efficacy can be determined in that.

Other studies are being done at present to see how Kril oil can be beneficial in reducing the effects of premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea. One study showed that Krill oil helped reduce the discomfort of dysmenorrhea and reduced the effects of PMS significantly for over 60 women. More studies are being done in this area. There are some things to note here as far as taking Krill oil as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs for either arthritic issues or for PMS or dysmenorrhea. Krill oil will not take effect immediately. It will need approximately two to three weeks to build up a significant level in the blood to be effective and give a person the needed therapeutic effect.

Studies are being done at the present on Krill oil’s effect on children and adults with ADHD. The results have not been published at this date. One of the positive things about Krill oil is that it is rapidly absorbed by the body and is used almost immediately once it has hit the bloodstream. It has few side effects. People who have increased bleeding times or are taking anti-coagulants should not take Krill oil at this time.

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Last updated on Sep 27th, 2009 and filed under Health Supplements. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. Chemist says:

    I will definitely start using krill oil, as it seems to have all kinds of preventative effects in one package, and I prefer to avoid fish products. 48 times more antioxidant than fish oil and 34 times that of coenzyme Q-10 is impressive.

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