Krill, in Norwegian, translates to “whale food”. Krill oil is made from krill; tiny shrimp-like crustaceans and a favourite food of whales, penguins and manta rays. Oil is extracted from the krill, put into capsules and taken as a food supplement. Some krill products are specified as using Antarctic krill which usually refers to the krill species known as Euphausia superba. Krill oil contains similar fatty acids (types of omega-3 fats) to regularly used fish oils, curious? Read on for these Top 5 Health Benefits of Krill Oil!
1. Source of healthy fats
Krill oil and fish oil both contain omega-3 fats (EPA and DHA). Some studies found that krill oil might be more efficient at raising omega-3 levels than normal fish oil. There is some evidence suggesting that the fats in this oil may be easier for your body to process than those from standard fish oil where omega-3s are stored in triglyceride form.
Thanks to its omega-3s, it seems to have an important anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It also contains astaxanthin, a pink-orange pigment that possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. (Different clinical trials have been shown to improve or reduce levels of inflammation.)
3. Heart health and blood lipids
The magic word “omega-3”, specifically DHA and EPA are your heart-healthy friends. Studies on fish and krill oil have found that they might improve blood lipid levels and lower the level of triglycerides and other blood fats. Krill oil seems to be effective at increasing good cholesterol (HDL).
4. Useful for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
According to recent studies, taking omega-3 as mentioned (which krill oil contains) could help decrease period symptoms and pain. This may also lead to a reduction in the use of painkillers.
5. May help those with osteoarthritis
Research has shown that taking krill oil supplements daily may help reduce stiffness and pain in people suffering with osteoarthritis.
Krill oil is growing as an alternative to conventional fish oil, mainly due to having less undesirable side effects, lower dosage requirements, and its favourable antioxidant profile. Stay tuned, as with more research over time, we’ll be able to tell whether krill is superior in quality compared to the usual fish we’re familiar with today. Taking krill? Let us know if you notice any differences by commenting below, joining in the conversation on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram. (Check out these other oils to help you get your system into tip-top conditiON!)