Omega 3 fatty acids offer numerous benefits such as maintaining the health of our brains, cardiovascular systems and other organs, as well as reducing symptoms of depression, PMS, arthritis and improving cholesterol levels. The list doesn’t end there, which is why everyone should be supplementing their diets with Omega 3 fats, especially EPA and DHA.
EPA and DHA are 2 of the fatty acids, along with ALA, found in cold water fish, seafood and plant based sea life. For the sake of convenience and purity, these fats are available in condensed oil form and can be taken by the spoonful or capsule. While fish oil has long been the gold standard of Omega 3 supplements, Krill oil is emerging as possibly a more desirable option.
Krill are tiny, shrimp like crustaceans that survive on the bottom of the food chain, serving as sustenance for most other marine life, predominantly in the North Pacific and Antarctic oceans. Krill oil contains both DHA and EPA, although in a slightly different format than that of fish oil. Along with this difference in form, krill oil offers a number of other advantages as well.
Easier for the body to absorb
The EPA and DHA found in krill oil is structured in phospholipid form, just like the cells in our bodies and brains. This makes it much easier for the body to absorb and utilize these fats, making better, more efficient use of your supplement.
Along with the vitamins A, D and E, krill oil contains the super antioxidant astaxanthin. Astaxanthin offers a wide range of benefits to the body including protection from UV light and sun damage. It also has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier, making it available to the brain and central nervous system, offering potential protection from degenerative diseases such as alzheimers.
Krill oil may be the cleanest, most pure form of Omega 3 fats available. The majority of krill is harvested in the Antarctic and North Pacific oceans, which are considered to be the least polluted bodies of water. Less pollution in the water equals less pollution in the sea life. Since krill are at the bottom of the food chain, they have a short lifespan and are often consumed by bigger fish a short time after their life begins. This allows less time for them to absorb pollutants.
Krill oil is absorbed very quickly which leaves less time to linger and create the fishy aftertaste or reflux that is common with fish oils. No more fish burps.
Are there negative side effects?
So far there are only two potential downsides to supplementing with krill oil. For one, those that have allergies to shrimp should avoid it. While it may be fine to take it even with an allergy, that is still unknown, so it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
Krill oil is also somewhat pricier than fish oil, although due to the more efficient absorbability and utilization of krill oil, it may be worth the heftier price tag.
The bottom line is that krill oil is a fantastic way to ensure your diet is rich in available, easily absorbed Omega 3 fatty acids. A regular dose of Omega 3’s can improve your health, appearance and performance and should be part of your well balanced diet.