Krill Oil Benefits
Fat in the news
If you keep up with the latest healthy eating news, you know that the role of Omega-3 fats is often the top story. Most people, while getting enough Omega-6 fats, are deficient in the Omega-3 variety.
This is a cause for concern because, in addition to being important for brain health, eye health, joint health and normal growth, Omega-3's seem to protect us against diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and Type II Diabetes.
Research has shown that regular consumption of Omega-3 fats may help prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure, defend against inflammation and support a healthy immune system.
There are also studies that suggest that the lopsided Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio may contribute to the increased incidence of clinical depression.
Alternative to fish oil
Many health experts recommend that you take fish oil as a source of these vital Omega-3 fats. However, I have recently looked into krill oil benefits as a source of these essential fatty acids.
Krill are a shrimp-like crustacean found in the deep waters of the Antarctic and Southern ocean. When scientists discovered krill oil benefits in human nutrition, they found a way to create a supplement that can help you fulfill your need for these essential fatty acids.
From what I understand, the main advantage of using krill oil over fish oil is that the structure of the Omega-3 fatty acids in krill more closely resembles the fat found in your body,making it easier for your body to assimilate.
Not just Omega-3 fats
One of the benefits of krill oil, compared to other sources of Omega-3 fats, is that it also contains a potent phytonutrient called “astaxanthin.” This is the red pigment that gives certain aquatic animals their pinkish color. (If you watch Dr. Oz, you will have seen him recommend that you take a supplement of this phytonutrient.) Astaxanthin will help keep you free from disease and due to its antioxidant qualities, can slow down the aging process.
How much do you need?
It is recommended that at least 2% of your daily calories be in the form of Omega-3 fats. For a person eating 2,000 calories a day, this would amount to about 4 grams of Omega 3 fats.