Benefits Specific to Krill Oil

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 @ 09:01 PM
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Krill oil and fish oil are great sources of omega-3. Krill oil comes from krill, small Antarctic crustaceans whose oil contains eicosapentanoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexanoic acid, or DHA, the two omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease, among other benefits.

Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are unsaturated fatty acids best known for their role in the prevention of chronic disease. Though fish oil has long established itself as the king of omega-3′s, krill oil has risen as a superior option due to its faster and stronger abilities to fight disease. EPA and DHA in krill oil is more easily absorbed than fish oil due to their phospholipid structure, which allows them to enter cells more easily.

Some of krill oil’s benefits are unique among omega-3 supplements. Astaxanthin, which gives the oil its characteristic red coloration, is chemically similar to beta-carotene and acts in a similar capacity. As an antioxidant, it can help to defend against cell damage caused by free radicals. A report published in the ”Journal of Natural Products” speculated that astaxanthin in krill oil may fight cancer, diabetes, eye disease and weak immunity.