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Discover Nature’s Most Potent Anti-Inflammatory: Krill Oil

April 8, 2010 by  

Discover Nature’s Most Potent Anti-Inflammatory: Krill Oil

The reason krill oil is more effective than other marine oils is the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and extremely potent antioxidants. It’s the unique combination of these essential ingredients that provide the greatest health benefits.

Krill oil has been shown to outperform fish oil supplements when it comes to lowering your bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. Patients who took 1 to 1.5 grams of krill oil a day—compared to three times the dose of fish oil—showed a significantly greater decrease in bad cholesterol than the fish oil patients.

In an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test, krill oil was shown to contain 300 times the amount of vitamin A and E, plus 48 times the antioxidant power of standard omega-3 fish oils.

Omega fatty acids are essential for your diet—and should be supplemented since your body doesn’t produce them on its own. These fatty acids are the best source to help prevent blood clotting, lower blood pressure and relive inflammation.

Krill oil contains a healthy balance of omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid—which helps fight infection. These two fatty acids need each other and work together to prevent other inflammation-related ailments like heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Phospholipids are fats that help keep your cells functioning by providing a protective membrane around each cell to block out toxins and disease-forming free radicals. The fats found in krill oil most closely resemble the phospholipids found in your brain that are responsible for maintaining the brain chemical that controls your memory, muscle function, mood, sleep patterns and organs like your heart.

Results from laboratory tests show that krill oil contains a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, which are not only beneficial for your continued health, but also sustain the shelf life of the oil.

Krill oil provides you with an ample supply of vitamins A, E and D, plus minerals such as potassium, sodium and zinc. And it also contains large amounts of the B-complex choline.

However, the most powerful antioxidant in krill oil is astaxanthin. This nutrient is responsible for fighting free radicals within the body and protecting the blood-brain barrier—which means it protects the eye, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage.

Krill Oil for Your Aching Joints
If you suffer from creaking, cracking joints… stiff hands and fingers… lingering back pain… or sore swollen legs due to recurrent inflammation, then krill oil may be the miracle you have been searching for.

In a double-blind study, 45 patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis were administered 300 mg of krill oil. After only seven days, inflammation was reduced by 19 percent, pain was reduced 24 percent, stiffness was reduced by 21 percent and immobility was reduced by 16 percent.

How does this all-natural pain reliever work so well? It’s the combination of the trio of anti-inflammatory ingredients—omega fatty acids, phospholipids and numerous powerful antioxidants.

Ease Your Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
In a randomized, double-blind study, researchers in Montreal studied the effects of krill oil on PMS, and patients reported a significant improvement in all 10 physical and mental symptoms examined and measured. The findings show that krill oil can help:

  • Ease abdominal pain and uterine cramps
  • Relive nausea, bloating and fatigue.
  • Alleviate headaches as well as joint and body aches.
  • Lessen PMS-related breast tenderness.
  • Improve erratic mood swings and food cravings.
  • Prevent PMS-related feelings of anxiety, depression and stress.

In fact, the women who consumed krill oil during the study period reported that they consumed fewer dangerous over-the-counter pain relievers to help with their PMS symptoms.

Reduce Your Chances of Heart Disease
High total cholesterol and high “bad” LDL cholesterol can be major risk factors for heart disease or a fatal heart disaster.

In a clinical study conducted by Canadian researchers from the University of Montreal, the findings show that Neptune krill oil significantly reduced several risk factors for high cholesterol.

In fact, the results showed a:

  • Reduction in total cholesterol by 13 percent
  • Decrease in bad LDL cholesterol by 32 percent
  • Deduction in triglycerides by 11 percent
  • Increase in good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol by 44 percent

For much-needed relief from joint pain and PMS symptoms, plus reduced LDL cholesterol levels, I recommend nature’s amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant remedy—krill oil. Once you see and feel the results you might never look for standard fish oil supplements again.

—By Michael Cutler, M.D.

Dr. Michael Cutler

is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • KCD

    I love the idea of krill oil and that it does so many good things, but I also heard someone in the environmental ecological area say krill could be depleted and should not be used. Is krill endangered in any way? Just wondering if anyone knows more…

    • billy bob

      KDC,thank you for recognizing krill as a food source for the marine environment.This is just the begining of corporate americas invasion on the oceans to make life betterfor humans,to hell with the fish.There is a new policy evolving in the us fishing industry.Corporations in,family small fleet out.NO catch shares.NOAAs new management policy,giving the recourse to all the good food corporations.See articles

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear KCD,
      Krill is a very plentiful marine animal and is food for many creatures: whales, seals, squid, icefish, penguins and many bird species. All told it is estimated that all animal life consumes between 152 million and 313 million tons of krill annually. Total global harvest is only about 200,000 tons annually, so humans are not making a dent in the krill population.
      Best wishes,

  • RJMcgarry

    One would think that with the depletion of the whale population that krill would be in great abundance and a long way from being depleted.

    • billy bob

      It aint just whales that depend on krill.plenty of subspecies eat it also.

      • Eric K

        I know. Lets feed people to the fish. That way we can help to resolve the over population of humans while helping the fish and all of use will be better off for it. Gas chambers put out way too much Co2 and didn’t feed the fish.

        Come on think about it lefties. It’s the progressive thing to do.

  • Joel Johnston

    People seem to forget that mankind is a species too. It is inevitable that we will all turn to any available natural resource to continue with better health; including food, energy, etc. The fact remains that unless a majority of the population reverts to primitive living practices, then science and advanced sustainable practices will be the only bridge left on the path to survival.

  • Joel Johnston

    If you consider that marine animals obtain nutrients primarily from algae then why not focus on algae oil instead? While I worked with algae I learned of Martek Biosciences which has been developing nutritional supplements for algae for some time. It is expensive mostly because of algae production technology but thanks to a tandem benefit of algae oil as a renewable fuel the technology is rapidly evolving. Consider that algae can be grown in more places and climates than krill, fish, or other organism higher in the food chain. Krill support a lot of ocean species specifically developed for the arctic environment. Krill harvest means fuel consuming boat trips to the arctic, unintended by-catch of other fish and animals, pollution (engine exhaust gases, trash, spilled fuel/oil, boat engine noise), and many other costs that should factor into a cost-benefit analysis comparing this to algae production. There is a cost associated with impacting the environmental health of the oceans.

    Billybob is right to be concerned that corporate America will mine the Omega-3 craze because it is a huge and growing industry. Whoever reads this has the responsibility to question themselves and determine if this is vital to their lives. If the answer is yes, then consider what is the cost not only to your wallet, but to the sustainability of the environment.

  • Bill

    I’m very confused, can you tell me which Krill Oil is top of the line/best and also, at 60 years old what the optimum dosage would be for me….I’ve been taking 1 Fish Oil and 1 Krill Oil capsule per day but I don’t know what the dosage should be and even if it is beneficial to take both or just take 2 Krill Oil supplements instead…..I also take 1 Vit. D per day as I understand it helps absorption of the oils….Please advise soonest…I’m out of Krill Oil and need to resupply.

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Bill,
      You can replace your fish oil capsule with krill. 1000 mg is a good dosage for you.
      Best wishes,

  • Earthling

    Sinner though I may be in the eyes of those who adhere to radical environmental religions, I consider my first responsibility to be the protection, advancement and ‘sustainablity” of human beings. If killing a fish means that I can give my mother something to relieve her pain, I’ll go in for the krill.
    Thank you! Dr. Cutler for the encouraging news about the benefits of krill oil to those of my species.

    • r.w.

      sensible post, thank you, I agree with you

  • Charles

    We should look at farm raised fish for a better diet, instead of burgers,fries and other fatty foods. The problem now is the healthy foods are expensive compaired to the dollar menu meals. No one serves a grilled fish sandwich in the mass of fast food resturants. Not much of a healthy choice in the fast food market. I would be nice if investors could start a chain of fast food resturants that served healthy choices at a competative price. You would think the Government would give a tax break for somithing that be healthy, cutting the medical cost of childhood obesity and onset of diabetic at an early age. We appear to be going backwards in our knowledge of health in this country. We do not tax bad behaveure, we encourage it. How about we give a tax break to the healthy, and to the ones who eat right and do not smoke. Free insurance to the ones who maintain a healthy lifestyle, and have normal lab values.
    As for krill, it is a great idea. Two cans of sardines every few days is an inesxpensive way to get good fish oils. Krill has to be good for you, all the fish love it. Great idea.

  • kenneth wandira

    Thanks the krill health benefit update,let me know how i can order.

  • http://none Joan Huber

    What does it cost. How can I order.

  • Joel Johnston

    I hear whale oil is a good source of Omega-3. Buy it from Japan

  • Boo Ewald Taylor, IL

    Talking with my co-workers last year how we should better prepare for the needs of our patients in the future, in light (or dark) of the
    Health Care bull,pissing, oops I mean passing. I jokingly said we should open a euthanasia clinic, I’m sure Obama will approve of it.
    Looks like it may be not too crazy an idea?

    • Madeleine

      Grow up!

  • Bottomtrawler

    Charlie what do you like the most about your farmed fish the growth hormones or the antibiotics ? Put down the tilapia end eat wild caught fish. Inform yourself about the fishing industry @

    • Eric K

      Dead On Bottomtrawler.

      Thanks for the web site.

  • Clement Williams

    As far as the euthanasia clinic goes, I don’t believe in killing. But I do believe in krilling.

    O.K. I know Krill me now.

  • Jim H.

    Would using Krill oil be helpful for gout?

  • Sid Aust

    You got to rememeber this oil is processed…I disagree that fish oil is better. Read Brian Peskin…

  • angel-wanna-be

    I wish I would have known about the benefits of krill and fish oil for my mother. She was acutely stricken with osteo and rhuemitoid arthritis at the age of 11 and was frozen in a sitting postion within 6 months. She spent a one year in a Philadelphia hospital, as I said before, they used her as a guinea pig. They broke both her knees and reset them, to give her a chance to walk again, she walked out of the hosptal with crutches and braces.


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