Krill: What It Is and Health Benefits

This article was published on: 08/16/22 9:27 AM

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Do you know much about krill oil benefits? I’ve got a multiple choice question for you.

What’s Krill?

a) The character from the movie Krill Bill.
b) The newest hip hop dance step.
c) A shrimp-like crustacean.

I knew you’d guess choice c!

benefits of krill oil

What is Krill?

Krill are only 1-5 cm in length but make up the largest animal biomass (living matter) on the planet.

Krill live primarily in the cold waters of the Antarctic and North Pacific Oceans. According to Neptune Technologies, there are approximately 500 million tons of Krill in the seas and 110,000 tons are harvested yearly.

You’ve heard about the benefits of certain fish oils, but perhaps not about Krill, so let’s take a closer look at this crustacean.

Krill contains omega-3 fats such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Krill also appears to be better absorbed than most fish oils because the omega-3 fatty acids in Krill are bound to phospholipids, which is similar to how fatty acids are held in human cell walls. This allows for better absorption and improves utilization, so the anti-inflammatory fats get where you need them in less time.

Krill contains Vitamins A, D and E and an anti-oxidant carotenoid called astaxanthin.

Krill is not the only seafood that’s good for you!

Health Benefits of Krill Oil

Seafood is the best natural source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Regularly consuming small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids has a beneficial effect by reducing blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Here’s more about what the proteins, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood do for you:

*Brain: They reduce the risk of stroke and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and depression.

*Digestion: They may help relieve symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

*Eyes: They contribute to vision development and to nerve growth in the retina and may reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

*Heart: They reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, slightly decrease blood pressure, and improve circulation.

*Joints: They may help relieve symptoms and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

*Lungs: They may help reduce symptoms of asthma and bronchitis and reduce the risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

*Muscles: They help build muscle and tissue.

*Skin: They may help relieve symptoms of psoriasis and eczema and may also ease the effect of aging and sun damage.

Final Thoughts on Krill Oil Benefits

So while Krill oil may not be appropriate for everyone, especially if you’re allergic to shellfish, I like to keep you on top of new insights in health and nutrition!

And for those of you who answered A or B to the multiple choice question, now you can enjoy your week knowing more about what Krill really is!

If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.

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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.

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