The benefits of krill oil
09 May 2014
Blackmores Naturopath

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The benefits of krill oil

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Krill oil is a source of omega-3 fatty acids to help support brain, heart & eye health. Find out more about benefits of krill oil and how it works.

What is krill oil?

Krill is a general term used to describe about 85 species of crustaceans found in open oceans.

Krill oil is derived from small crustaceans that look like prawns and live in the Antarctica/sub-Antarctic or Southern Ocean.

The most dominant of these species in Antarctic waters is Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba.

Antarctic krill is one of the most abundant animal species on the planet.

Why is krill oil good for me?

Krill oil is a natural source of essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), phospholipids (mainly in the form of phosphatidylcholine), choline, astaxanthin (a natural antioxidant), and marine nutrients.

What does krill oil do?

Omega-3s in krill oil play an important role in helping to maintain heart, brain and eye health. Phospholipids are specific fats that are part of all cell membranes, and are required for healthy brain function.

Phospholipids in krill oil may also facilitate or have a beneficial effect on omega-3 fatty acid absorption.

Choline supports overall liver health and plays a role in healthy cholesterol and fat metabolism.

A single, small, preliminary study suggests krill oil may play a role in relieving joint inflammation associated with arthritis.

What to look for

Make sure krill oil is sourced from sustainable fisheries.

Krill plays an important role in the ocean – being a food source for many ocean creatures such as whales, seals and penguins.

It is therefore important to ensure the sustainability of krill in our oceans.

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