In Norwegian krill means a fry or small fish. The shrimp like invertebrate creatures inhabiting the oceans of our planet are the major source of nutrient for marine creatures, both big and small. Even seabirds love to feast on these tiny marine inhabitants. However, these creatures have not featured in our favorite seafood dishes. Several studies have shown that krill oil is a beneficial nutrient for humans. You can take krill oil as krill oil supplements. Studies have shown that krill oil supplements are healthier than fish oil pills.
Benefits of krill oil
Superior than fish oil
Absence of fishy burp is not the sole reason why many people prefer krill oil to fish oil. The proportion of healthy fatty acids and certain vitamins in krill oil is higher than that in fish oil supplements. Both krill oil and fish oil are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy unsaturated fats are extremely beneficial for health.
However, researchers have observed that compared to fish oil our body could more easily absorb omega-3 fats extracted from krill oil. Omega-3 fatty acid in both fish and krill oils are present as EPA and DHA. In fish oil, these fatty acids occur as triglycerides. In krill oil, EPA and DHA are found in phospholipids.
Since our cell membranes are made of phospholipids, our body cells could easily absorb EPA and DHA acquired from krill oil. Krill oil is a source of vitamins A and D, which might be missing in fish oil. In addition, the calorie content in krill oil is lower than that in fish oil.
Krill oil could treat inflammation and pain in the arthritis-ridden joints. To prevent as well as treat the debilitating arthritis symptoms, you can take 300mg of krill oil everyday.
Symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS that bothers several women before the periods could be treated with krill oil. Taking about 1 to 3 grams of krill oil daily could prevent abdominal cramps developing during PMS.
Lowers bad cholesterol
Krill oil is capable of bringing down your blood cholesterol level. High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) increases the risk of plague formation in the blood vessels. Krill oil supplements could reduce the levels of LDL and triglycerides, high levels of which cause heart diseases and stroke.