KRILLING

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KRILL, TINY CRUS­TACEANS FOUND IN ALL OF the world’s oceans, are an ex­cel­lent source of omega-3s, and have ad­van­tages over fsh oil and al­gae sources.

Te three ma­jor types of omega-3s are al­pha-li­nolenic acid (ALA), eicos­apen­taenoic acid (EPA), and do­cosa­hex­aenoic acid (DHA). Of the three, the two long-chain acids—EPA and DHA—both found in krill— are the ones most easily uti­lized by the body, mak­ing them the most bioavail­able. ALA, which comes from plant-based sources, is con­verted to the more us­able EPA and DHA; while this is bene­f­cial, the catch is that only a small per­cent­age is con­verted, and some is con­verted to omega-6, a fatty acid that ac­tu­ally trig­gers in­fam­ma­tion.

One of the main rea­sons my pa­tients pre­fer krill oil is that they don’t get the un­pleas­ant burps through­out the day that some peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence tak­ing fsh oils. Be­yond that, there are sev­eral rea­sons I rec­om­mend krill to my pa­tients:

It’s bioavail­able— Due to krill oil’s nat­u­ral phos­pho­lipid com­po­si­tion, the body ab­sorbs a higher per­cent­age of omega-3s than it does with other sources with a triglyc­eride coun­ter­part, more com­mon in fsh and al­gae oils. Te EPA and DHA in krill oil are in­cor­po­rated into phos­pho­lipid mol­e­cules that are both fat-sol­u­ble and wa­ter-sol­u­ble. In fsh oil, the DHA and EPA are bonded to triglyc­erides, which is fat-sol­u­ble only. Tis difer­ence dras­ti­cally afects ab­sorp­tion. It also makes krill oil more po­tent than other sources, so you can take a lower dose and still beneft.

It’s palat­able— My pa­tients ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that krill oil is easy to swal­low be­cause the gel­caps are smaller than most fsh oils. Typ­i­cally, the gel­caps are a lit­tle larger than a pea.

It’s sta­ble— Krill oil con­tains as­tax­an­thin, a po­tent an­tiox­i­dant that gives it a red color and pre­vents ox­i­da­tion, so the krill oil doesn’t go ran­cid nearly as quickly as fsh oils. Tis helps to elim­i­nate any fshy af­ter­taste. Tis sta­bil­ity means greater shelf life. As­tax­an­thin also boosts im­mu­nity and over­all cell health by help­ing fght free rad­i­cals in the body.

It’s sus­tain­able— Krill oil is de­rived from the largest biomass on the planet. At around 500 mil­lion tons, krill weigh more than all the peo­ple on earth! Krill oil har­vest­ing be­gan in the late 1990s, and is un­der the watch­ful eyes of the CCAMLR, the Com­mis­sion for the Con­ser­va­tion of Antarc­tic Marine Liv­ing Re­sources. Tis in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion strictly mon­i­tors the krill biomass, as well as har­vest­ing vol­ume and prac­tices. Less than 1 per­cent of to­tal krill biomass is har­vested per year.

It’s safe— Be­cause krill are so low on the food chain and are har­vested in pris­tine wa­ters, there is much less risk of any con­tam­i­na­tion from mer­cury and other tox­ins com­monly as­so­ci­ated with var­i­ous types of fsh. Be­fore I rec­om­mend any prod­uct to my pa­tients, I need to see well-done stud­ies show­ing benefts. Here are a few:

Krill oil shows beneft for main­tain­ing healthy choles­terol lev­els as well as sup­port­ing healthy hor­mone bal­ance for women, ac­cord­ing to re­search pub­lished in Al­ter­na­tive Medicine Re­view.

Re­searchers writ­ing in Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Nutri­tion con­cluded krill oil re­duced in­fam­ma­tion and less­ened the pain and stifness as­so­ci­ated with os­teoarthri­tis.

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