What Is in Omega 3 Krill Oil, and Why Is It Healthy?


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Krill oil comes from tiny shrimp-like crustaceans and contains EPA and DHA, the same omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, explains WebMD. Studies show that krill oil might be better absorbed in the body than fish oil and also more effective in improving cholesterol levels, triglycerides and blood glucose.

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Krill oil can improve rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms such as pain, stiffness and functional impairment, notes WebMD. It also lowers levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation in the body linked with heart disease. Studies also show that krill oil eases menstrual cramps. Women who take it need fewer painkillers. Pregnant women and children may use krill oil because studies indicate the fatty acid DHA may benefit a developing child’s brain.

Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in krill oil help to keep the skin supple and the eyes bright, according to Healthline. Some evidence suggests that omega-3s may improve mood disorders. Individuals who eat fish two to four times weekly are significantly less likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes. A daily dose of fish oil with about 300 milligrams of EPA and DHA combined is recommended. A 2011 study found that a smaller dose of krill oil was needed to achieve the same results seen with fish oil.

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