Krill oil benefits
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.
Why is fat important?
Fat provides flavor and fullness. Without it, many foods would lose their appeal and you would find yourself hungry more often.
Eating a meal or snack with some fat in it means it will take more time for the food to get through your digestive system, which means you feel satiated longer.
Aside from these taste bud advantages, fats, along with protein and carbs, provide energy, both when the fats are eaten and later, when the fats can be released from storage in your body.
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The fat that is in storage under your skin, keeps you warm and protects your vital organs and bones from bumps and shocks.
Fats also form an important part of the structure of cell membranes, facilitate the passage of hormones and certain vitamins in and out of the cells, and are part of the make-up of important compounds in the body such as bile acids and hormones.