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The amazing properties of Krill Oil

By The Natural City on January 8, 2014 in Nutrition | comments
What is Krill Oil? Krill is a tiny marine creature found mainly in the Southern Antarctic ocean. It’s similar in appearance to shrimp, but much smaller. Why your body needs Krill Oil Despite its size, Krill oil is a powerful source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial in joint conditions such as osteoarthritis and also has beneficial health and effects on heart health. Krill oil also assists in supporting the good health of your heart and blood vessels. It may help you to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and maintain the ratio of good and bad cholesterol in your body. While Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in oily fish, crab, canola oil, soybean oil and corn oil, krill oil delivers Omega-3 fatty acids to the body in the form of a phospholipid, which may help the body to absorb the nutrients. Krill is a reddish colour because it contains a potent antioxidant called Astaxanthin. Which may help to protect the body from harmful free radical damage. So krill oil can help you look good and feel great. Benefits of krill oil and how it can help your body to work and feel better? Krill oil contains high levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids, a class of fats that have a number of beneficial effects for our bodies. To date, research has mainly focused on krill oil’s ability to assist with joint health and arthritis, cardiovascular health and antioxidant protection. •Joints ‐ In those who are affected by the arthritic condition of osteoarthritis, krill oil may help reduce the frustrating symptoms of joint inflammation, swelling and stiffness as well as provide temporary relief of pain. •Heart – Krill oil helps cardiovascular health by assisting with the maintenance of cholesterol within the normal range in healthy people and improving the LDL:HDL (bad:good) cholesterol ratio, as well as supporting overall cardiovascular health. For those who would like to support their cardiovascular health, products such as Ultra Krill 1000mg may be helpful. •General – The omega‐3 fatty acids in krill oil has a higher absorption rate than those in fish oil. This means that omega 3 from krill oil is likely to reach your body’s cells quicker and more efficiently than those in fish oil. What this also means is that you will need to take less krill oil capsules daily to obtain its benefits. What makes krill oil even more unique is that it contains a potent antioxidant called astaxanthin which gives krill its distinct red colour. This is why it is often known as ‘red krill oil’. Antioxidants like astaxanthin help to reduce free radical damage to our cells. Is krill oil suitable for all bodies? Krill oil is suitable for those who would like to help manage their arthritic symptoms, support overall cardiovascular health including the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of free radical damage. It is also appropriate for those who would like a convenient source of omega 3 fatty acids with a smaller daily dose for their health needs. Krill oil is derived from a small shrimp‐like crustacean and is therefore not suitable for people who may have a shellfish or seafood allergy.