Monday, October 4, 2010

Krill Oil Supplementation

The use of traditional fish oil in the United States has become a relative common place in modern society. No one would look at you funny if you told them you were taking a pill or two a day of your favorite brand of fish oil to keep your cholesterol down. Fish oil has great influence in our blood chemistry to lower the level of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), the bad form of cholesterol. It also has the ability to elevate the amount of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), the good form of cholesterol. There is no question; fish oil is a great nutritional supplement. Today, I’m going to introduce you to something better, Krill Oil.

Krill oil comes from a fish source just like traditional fish oil does. There are many similarities between these two nutritional supplements. However, there are several differences that set Krill Oil apart from the alternatives. Krill Oil is derived from a shell fish called Krill that primarily inhabits the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic ocean is far from the shores of the nearest industrial port of call and hence has significantly less pollution than waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where most traditional fish oil is found. The most notable toxic chemical lacking in the Antarctic Ocean that is readily found in the Atlantic is toxic mercury. Unfortunately, many fish that inhabit Atlantic waters are high in mercury. Since this is where most traditional fish oil comes from, many fish oils are also high in mercury. Ingestion of excessive mercury can be problematic for the normal functions of human physiology and should be avoided whenever possible. Now I’m not making a claim that all fish oils have high mercury levels, but are you going to do the research on every brand out there to find the safest choice? What will you do when you find out that it’s two to three times the price of the product you currently use? I have good news. The Antarctic Ocean is not full of Mercury, and neither is Krill Oil, so your research is already limited. But the lack of Mercury in Krill oil certainly isn’t its only benefit when compared to traditional fish oil

Krill makes up the largest biomass of all animals in the world. Simply put, Krill oil is far more sustainable than traditional fish oil and is therefore more environmentally friendly. Okay, so you’re not concerned about the environment enough to change your supplementation, I get it. There is more. Krill oil contains an important substance called Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin allows the Krill oil to be absorbed into the blood stream more than twice as readily as traditional fish oil! What that means to you is two fold, smaller pills (less than half the size) and no more fish burp. Just like egg white is the ultimate protein source, Krill Oil is the Ultimate omega-3 source, almost all of it gets used. Fish oil pills have to be so large because less than half of what you take is absorbed by the body. That’s also the reason for the fish burp. It takes so much longer to digest fish oil that some gets left be hind in your gut causing that unpleasant tasting burp. With Krill oil, fish burp simply does not happen.

Krill Oil has antioxidant properties. You might be familiar with the term “anti-oxidant”. Researchers believe that there is a strong relationship between anti-oxidants and the prevention of various cancers. Fish Oil does not have anti-oxidant value.

I don’t work for a major Krill Oil manufacturer, so my stake in you beginning a Krill Oil regimen is nothing. We do carry Krill Oil in my office, but no profit is made on its sales. I wrote this blog because I want you to know the facts. If you are currently taking fish oil and you like it, continue, and pat yourself on the back for being proactive when it comes to your wellness.

Thank you for your attention. Until next time… Eat food, move freely, and live well.

1 comment:

  1. To protect the stability of your krill, opt for a ‘caplique’ instead of a softgel. A ‘caplique’ is far more effective than a gel cap at sealing out oxygen, which makes the oil go bad. It stands to reason – a softgel is semi-permeable, and it allows oxygen to cross that barrier.