What is Krill Oil
Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans that are approximately 1 to 6 centimeters long. Krill inhabit the cold ocean areas of the world, primarily the Antarctic and North Pacific Oceans. Despite their small size, krill make up the largest animal biomass on the planet. According to Neptune Technologies, the Canadian company that holds the patent for krill oil extraction, there are approximately 500 million tons of krill roaming around in these northern seas, 110,000 tons of which are harvested annually. They’re near the bottom of the food chain and are eaten by whales, seals, penguins, squid and fish.
The oil that is found naturally in krill, is extracted and sold as a nutritional supplement. Krill oil contains high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids , which is the main reason that it is growing in popularity as a nutritional supplement. Another reason is because it contains a potent antioxidant called astaxanthin, the bright red pigment that results from the algae that krill eat, which is what gives krill and other crustaceans, such as lobsters and shrimp, their reddish-pink color. Antioxidants protect our body cells from damage from free radicals–unstable substances that are thought to contribute to certain chronic diseases. Unlike many other antioxidants, astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier, where theoretically it could protect the eyes, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage. And unlike other sources of omega 3’s, Krill Oil is recognized and easily assimilated by our bodies due to its similarity to our brain’s own phospholipids.
Krill oil, like fish oil, contains both of the omega-3 fats eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), but linked together in a different form. In fish oil these omega-3 fatty acids are found in the triglyceride form whereas in krill oil they are linked up in a double chain phospholipid structure–the same structure as the fats found in our own cell walls. Attached to the EPA leg of the phospholipid is a molecule of astaxanthin, an extremely potent antioxidant, which is found in higher concentrations than in fish oils. The phospholipid structure of the EPA and DHA in krill oil makes them much more absorbable and allows for a much easier entrance into the mitochondria and the cellular nucleus. In addition to EPA and DHA, krill oil also contains a complex phospholipid profile including phosphatidylcholine, a potent source of stress-reducing choline. Due to the rapid absorption and the high anti-oxidant content of Krill Oil, it does not cause fish burps, reflux or leave an aftertaste, which are all common side effects of fish oil. The fact is that very few side effects have been reported from taking Krill Oil soft gels.
Krill Oil and Cholesterol
Krill oil is being studied as a natural remedy for high cholesterol. A number of studies have shown that Krill Oil is tremendously effective in reducing LDL-cholesterol, raising HDL-cholesterol. In one study, 120 people were given krill oil, fish oil or a placebo. Krill oil reduced LDL (commonly referred to as “bad”) cholesterol by 34% and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 43.5% compared to the placebo. In comparison, fish oil reduced LDL cholesterol by 4.6% and increased HDL cholesterol by 4.2%. Krill also lowered triglycerides. Click on the following link for full details about the study and its findings, Neptune Krill Oil Study.
Looking at the research on Neptune Krill Oil and cholesterol, you can see how effective Neptune Krill Oil is at reducing high cholesterol levels. Krill Oil may also reduce your risk for coronary heart disease.
Research on Krill Oil and cholesterol revealed that as little as 500 mg per day may reduce high cholesterol levels by 19% and lower triglyceride levels up to 25%. And taking 3 grams per day of Krill Oil may increase healthy lipid levels (HDL) by up to 60%. Researchers concluded that 500 mg – 3 grams per day of Neptune Krill Oil may reduce high cholesterol, manage glucose, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL levels.
Study Results of Neptune Krill Oil:
- Reduced high cholesterol levels
- Lowered LDL (unhealthy cholesterol)
- Lowered triglyceride levels
- Increased HDL (healthy cholesterol)
- May be more effective than fish oils for managing high lipid levels in the blood.
- Surpassed fish oils for a greater reduction in LDL (the bad cholesterol).
- The lower maintenance dose of 500 mg. of Neptune Krill Oil showed more noticeable health benefits compared to fish oils and placebo.
EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTS OF NEPTUNE KRILL OIL ON THE CLINICAL COURSE OF CHOLESTEROL & TRIGLYCERIDES-SUMMARY STATISTICAL RESULTS
Results of Krill Oil (2 SOFT GELS/DAY) on Lipids
- Total Cholesterol -13.44%
- LDL -32.03%
- HDL 43.92%
- Triglycerides -11.03%
Results of Krill Oil (3 SOFT GELS/DAY) on Lipids
- Total Cholesterol -13.71%
- LDL -35.70%
- HDL 42.76%
- Triglycerides -11.89%
Results of Krill Oil (4 SOFT GELS/DAY) on Lipids
- Total Cholesterol -18.13%
- LDL -37.42%
- HDL 55.30%
- Triglycerides -27.62%
Fantastic Results of Krill Oil (90 DAYS-6 SOFT GELS/DAY) on Lipids
- Total Cholesterol -17.90%
- LDL -39.15% BAD cholesterol reduced 40%+/-
- HDL 59.64% GOOD cholesterol increased 60%+/-
- Triglycerides -26.51% BAD triglycerides reduced 27%+/-
Effect of a Lower Maintenance Dose (1 SOFT GEL/DAY) of Krill Oil on Lipids
- Total Cholesterol -18.90%
- LDL -44.40%
- HDL 33.40%
- Triglycerides -25.40%
Ways That Krill Oil Can Benefit You
- Supports and maintains healthy cholesterol levels and contributes to blood lipid health
- Helps maintain a healthy heart
- Improves concentration and memory
- Supports and regulates blood sugar health
- Maintains healthy joints and aids joint comfort
- Fights signs of aging
- Contributes to healthy brain and nervous system function and development
- Protects cell membranes
- Contributes to healthy liver function
- Relieves regular PMS symptoms
- Bolsters the immune system
- Maintains optimal skin health
- Works as a natural mood stabilizer and enhancer
In addition to all of these benefits, Krill Oil also contains vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and canthaxanthin, which is, like astaxanthin, a potent anti-oxidant. The anti-oxidant potency of krill oil is such that when compared to fish oil in tems of Oxygen Radical Absorptance Capacity (ORAC) values it was found to be 48 times more potent than fish oil. The astaxanthin found in krill oil provides excellent protection against ultravoilet light and UV-induced skin damage. It has proven effective at lowering blood sugar. It has been shown to be effective in treating the pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and aches and pains in general. One large study showed that Krill Oil has tremendous benefits in terms of symptom reduction in PMS and dysmenorrhea. And it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of adult ADHD. In all these studies krill oil was tested against fish oil and not simply a placebo.
Over the last several years fish oil based supplements have been the primary and dominant products available to health-conscious consumers as an all natural way to reduce cholesterol and support heart health. However, based on test results, Neptune Krill Oil may soon surpass its marine cousin by proving itself to be a more effective way to naturally improve your cardiovascular health, as well as delivering a wide range of secondary health benefits. There are many Krill Oil products that are currently available. Finding the right one that has the correct combination of omega-3-fatty acids and antioxidants may be the key to getting the health benefits you seek. Using the right blend of ingredients can lead to healthy lipid levels and improved heart health. Cardio Renew Krill Oil provides an excellent source of omega-3s and antioxidants in one package.
For more information about Krill Oil soft gels, contact Cardio Renew at 1.905.906.8264