What is Krill Oil and should you take it?
In recent years, krill oil has become a common dietary supplement. Krill oil is similar to standard fish oil in regard to being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA. However, their origin, health benefits, and effectiveness may differ.
In this article you will find:
- What is krill oil?
- Is krill oil better than fish oil?
What is krill oil?
Krill oil is derived from krill, a small crustacean fish found in the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean. Krill oil has been linked to numerous benefits. This includes improving heart health, lowering blood sugar, fighting inflammation, managing PMS symptoms, reducing levels of fats in the blood, reducing LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”), decreasing swelling, and treating dry eye.
Is krill oil better than fish oil?
Fish oil is extracted from various fatty fish, such as anchovies, mackerel, and salmon. Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart, and DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.
Like fish oil, krill oil is also rich in EPA and DHA. However, the fatty acids found in krill oil are structurally different that those in fish oil.
The fatty acids in fish oil are found in the form of triglycerides. In krill oil, they are found in the form of phospholipids. Many studies have shown that fatty acids found in the form of phospholipids are more easily absorbed and used better by the body, and thereby may be more effective at treating and reducing illness and disease.
Krill oil also contains more antioxidants than fish oil. Antioxidants are substances that helps protect the body against free radicals, a type of molecule that can cause cell damage. Astaxanthin, a naturally occurring antioxidant found in krill oil, has been linked to healthier skin, endurance, heart health, and joint pain to name a few.
Sona Extra Strength Krill Oil is a small capsule with no unpleasant fishy odour, taste, or aftertaste, with 25% more EPA/DHA than standard Krill Oil products. The higher levels of Phospholipids in Sona Extra Strength Krill Oil increase the bioavailability of the omega 3 fatty acids. Sona Extra Strength Krill Oil also contains choline which supports the liver, and aids in the healthy digestion of fats.
It is important to consult your doctor before taking krill or fish oil, if you are on any blood-thinning medication or have a blood disorder, as they may affect blood clotting.
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