Krill (Euphausia superba) is a crustacean found in colder oceans – around the coasts of Antarctica, Canada and Japan. They are mainly a source of food for other bigger animals: whales, seals, penguins and fish. In Norwegian ‘krill’ means ‘whale food’. Krill has red or pink exterior derived from the type of plankton they eat. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in krill are the main reason why this crustacean is growing in its’ popularity.
But Omega-3 acids are not the only reason why we love Krill Oil so much here in Elle Belle UK. Discover below 5 incredible facts you might not have known about it.
1 Improves Brain Functions
Krill oil, rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic), supports our sharp mind. Did you know that brain is the ‘fattest’ muscle in our body? Yes, it contains up to 60% fat, therefore having a diet rich in healthy fats is more than beneficial for your concentration and mental stimulation. Number of studies showed that Omega-3 EPA and DHA improve not only our memory, but also attention and moods. Omega-3 fatty acids are equally essential in the brain development for kids, teens as well as adults.
2 Maintains healthy glowing skin
According to ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), krill oil shows astonishing qualities when it comes to fighting free radicals. These pesky little molecules are responsible for reducing our youth cells. Anti-oxidants found in krill oil stop free radicals from damaging our looks to an incredible extent. Krill oil received 43/100 score on the ORAC scale, comparing to 8/100 given a fish oil. Astaxanthin is a very powerful antioxidant and it’s mostly found in krill oil. Therefore introducing these capsules into our diet not only makes you smarter, but also full of youthful glow.
3 Lowers bad cholesterol
Omega-3 fatty acids from krill oil are absorbed by our body in more natural form than fish oil. That means we can enjoy their features to the fullest potential. What are these? Omega-3 can lower producing ‘bad’ cholesterol (low density lipoprotein LDL) and boost production of ‘good’ cholesterol (high density lipoprotein HDL). High levels of LDL may often lead to heart disease, coronary artery disease and a stroke. By consuming healthy forms of krill oil, we help our body protect against these.
4 Increases mobility
We all suffer from stiff joints from time to time, and it’s more noticeable as we age. Omega-3 has been praised by many for its’ wonderful benefits for improving flexibility, and krill oil contains this highly digestible fatty acid by bucket loads. Omega-3 not only reduces stiffness but also improves joint care and lowers distress.
5 Keeps PMS in check
Now this will speak volumes to many of us. By the end of the day, who enjoys this moody, painful time before the period? No – me neither. Good news is, krill oil has been proven to ease that pre-menstrual time and reduce cramps, fluid retention and mood swings. Researchers found that krill oil can significantly reduce distress associated with PMS and bring comfort to cramps and swelling. The fatty acids found in these crustaceans have shown more system friendly abilities than the ones found in the fish oil.
We have discovered great health benefits of krill oil and it’s worth noting few additional facts. Always consult your doctor before taking krill oil, especially if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding. When choosing a krill oil, pick the one that is organic, in order to comply with most environmentally friendly method of catching it. Many common fish die during the cheap process of getting krill oil, so it’s worth of paying a little bit extra for a guilt-free product and your peace of mind.
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