Krill oil, created from an abundant supply of this deep-sea crustacean, has been studied as a possible source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to positively affect heart health.
One study even found the properties of krill oil to be at least equal to, if not superior than, those of fish oil, a popular alternative health treatment with omega-3 fatty acids, Nutraingredients.com reported
. In the relatively small study, krill oil was shown to be more bioavailable than fish oil, meaning it entered the body's circulatory system and became active more easily. But other studies found less significant differences between the two, leaving the subject as one that needs more research.
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"Tests found that blood levels of DHA and EPA increased just as significantly in both the groups that took krill oil and fish oil compared with people in a control group, suggesting that omega-3s from krill oil are at least as available to the body as those from fish oil,” Consumer Reports said
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are omega-3 fatty acids.
Although evidence-based studies still need to be done to confirm findings, krill oil was shown in some research to reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol and increasing the "good" HDL cholesterol, according to WebMD
A study cited in the journal Nutrition Research found krill oil
lowered triglyceride levels. High triglyceride levels are linked to heart disease.
Remember to be cautious before adding any compound to your health regimen, even if it's an alternative health treatment. WebMD reported that krill oil
can interact with other drugs, specifically blood-thinning agents like Coumadin. Consult a physician before taking this omega-3 fatty acid.
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