For many years the omega 3 oil of choice was fish oil. In recent years however, we have learned that all fish oil is not equal.
Fish oil is perishable and is subject to the environment from which it is taken. Poor quality fish oil may contain toxins, is weak in antioxidant content and may become rancid.
Oxidation and inflammation are key elements leading to the clogging of arteries in the heart and brain.
In addition to this, since nutritional supplements are unregulated Consumer Lab has reported that many products fail to live up to their advertising.
When I first learned about the exceptional krill oil benefits and the solid research behind its combination of antioxidants, omega-3 oils and other ingredients I was very impressed.
1. LDL cholesterol when oxidized by free radicals inflames the heart artery walls and creates placque.
2. HDL cholesterol reverses this process. It acts as an antioxidant and sweeps through our heart arteries like a vacum cleaner, removing the damaged ldl cholesterol.
3. The famous Framingham Heart Study proved conclusively that those with low HDL cholesterol are at the highest risk for heart disease.
A 2007 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that 300mg daily supplementation of krill oil resulted in significant decreases in inflammation and arthritic symptoms in cardiac and arthritis patients.
Other studies have found that krill oil works as effectively as omega-3s from other sources, yet at a much lower dose. Furthermore, krill oil has been found to raise our good HDL cholesterol and lower our triglycerides as well.
Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil is one of the richest sources of the powerful antioxidant called astaxasthin.
And since krill is so powerful the small capsules are easy to swallow, and there's no fishy after taste!
Furthermore, an important krill oil benefit is its ability to raise our good HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides, both of which lower risks of having a heart attack or stroke!
Krill oil is very effective at reducing hdl cholesterol and increasing the good HDLs. It has been shown in clinical studies to improve glucose levels, which is significant for managing diabetes.
Other Krill Oil benefits include weight loss and the high astaxanthin antioxidant levels included in Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil are thought to be beneficial for controlling inflammation, including inflammation of the cardiovascular system, the brain and joints.
Krill are shrimp-like invertebrates or crustaceans that live in large schools, called swarms, sometimes reaching densities of 10,000-30,000 individual animals per cubic meter.
Unlike fish oil, the omega-3 fatty acids in Krill Oil are absorbed and carried to the body's cells in phospholipid form.
Phospholipids form the structural basis of cell membranes, so phospholipids with omega-3 fatty acids are easily recognized, absorbed and utilized by the body.
Best of all, there is no fishy after-taste and the softgels are a lot smaller and easy-to-swallow.
In addition, Krill Oil contains the powerful antioxidant, Astaxanthin, which works synergistically with the Omega-3 fatty acids to deliver therapeutic benefits at a lower dosage.
Highly intelligent great whales, seals, penguins and sea birds depend on krill for their nutritional needs.
These semi-translucent crustaceans congregate in dense masses or swarms that can turn the ocean's surface pink or red.
Together with plankton, krill make up the largest biomass on earth... one of the most easily renewable food resources available, an excellent nutritional source from an environmental perspective.
Krill aren't a new source of nutrition either. They've been harvested as a food source for both humans and domesticated animals since the 1800s. Possibly even earlier in Japan where they're considered a delicacy.
According to a study reported by noted physician and author, Dr. Joseph Mercola, krill oil actually influences your metabolism and genes to improve!
Liver triglycerides, a key risk of heart disease, were reduced by TWICE as much in the krill oil group compared to the fish oil group, by 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. This is particularly important, as fasting triglyceride levels are a powerful indication of your body's ability to have healthy lipid profiles.
The referenced study found that, although both fish oil and krill oil contain omega-3s, they differ greatly in how they affect the genes controlling your metabolism.
Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of good heart and brain health.
It is harvested from the pristine, crystal clear waters of Antartica and has received the coveted Friend of the Seas certification.
For cardiovascular health, we recommend a daily dose of 1,000 to 1,500 mg per day of Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil for 3 months, followed by a maintenance dose of 500 mg thereafter. For joint health, we recommend a daily dose of 500 mg per day.
"A 2007 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that 300mg daily supplementation of krill oil resulted in significant decreases in inflammation and arthritic symptoms in cardiac and arthritis patients.
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CONCLUSION: The results of the present study demonstrate within high levels of confidence that krill oil is effective for the management of hyperlipidemia by significantly reducing total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, and increasing HDL levels. At lower and equal doses, krill oil was significantly more effective than fish oil for the reduction of glucose, triglycerides, and LDL levels. PMID: 15656713 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]Evaluation of the Effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the Clinical Course of Hyperlipidemia