Health Products - Krill Oil
By Leanne James
Pure Neptune Krill Oil is an extract of the abundant Antarctic Krill. It is a remarkable new product featuring phospholipids specially integrated with omega-3 essential fatty acids - EPA and DHA - for supporting healthy cell membranes. Neptune Krill oil helps to support optimal health & well being & naturally includes antioxidant protection, providing greater than 47 times the level found in most fish oils. Neptune Krill oil is like supercharged fish oil - with very low rancidity, no heavy metal or pesticides & a highly absorbable form of omega 3 fatty acids.
The key factors that separate Krill oil from standard fish oils are: Higher antioxidant content - including vitamin A, E and astaxanthin (a carotenoid-like substance). Krill oil has over 47 times more antioxidant protection when compared with standard fish oils.
Enhanced bioavailability - Krill contains phospholipid liposomes (little envelopes that carry Omega-3 and antioxidants into the cells) and this enhances the absorption of these important nutrients when compared to triglyceride carriers found in standard fish oils. Better ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6. Greater purity - free of detectable heavy metals, dioxins and pesticides - Krill is sourced from the southern part of the Antarctic Ocean and harvested under strict conditions to ensure Krill are clean and pure. Reflux free - fishy reflux is unlikely to occur after ingestion.
Sustainable resource - Neptune Krill Oil is harvested under strict regulations so that resources are not depleted or the food chain disturbed. Cardiovascular Health, Cholesterol Balance, PMS and Dysmenorrhoea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Neuro-Protective, Mental Clarity, Focus and Cognition.
Information on Neptune Krill Oil:
Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans from the Zoo-Plankton family. These planktonic crustaceans live in the coldest of seas. Krill are actually a traditional food for both humans and marine animals. The cell membranes of Krill contain a high amount of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFA's) are essential to human health as they are involved in every biological process in the body. Both EPA and DHA may provide neuro-protective support for healthy brain function, mental clarity and focus, as well as providing joint support and a general sense of well being. Without EFA's in our diet our cells become less flexible and do not release enough waste products, and our cell membranes become like a perished bicycle tube - brittle and leaky.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential fatty acids. Historically, our diet contained an equal ratio of Omega-3 (which we got from fish oil) and Omega-6 (which we got mainly from nuts, grains, legumes and vegetable oil). Today the Western diet has become too low in Omega-3 and too high in Omega-6. This imbalance may have far reaching effects given the diverse functions of EPA and DHA within the body.
The ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in Neptune Krill Oil is (15:1), which means it offers optimum support for a wide range of biological processes.
Krill oil has demonstrated superiority over standard fish oils. It supports many areas of the body including the heart via cholesterol and triglyceride balance, the brain via mental clarity and cognition, the hormones via menstrual cycle regulation and supports healthy joints and bones. The unique composition of Krill oil makes it different from standard fish oil supplements. In addition to its rich eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content, Krill oil also contains phospholipids and antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamins A and E and astaxanthin (a carotenoid-like substance and flavonoid).
Krill has over 47 times more antioxidant protection than most fish oils. When compared to vitamins A and E as single nutrients, Krill has greater than 300 times the antioxidant activity. Krill also has more than 34 times the antioxidant activity of coenzyme Q10. The combination of EPA/DHA, phospholipids and antioxidants give rise to Krill's potent anti-inflammatory properties. Phospholipids help protect cell membranes from toxic injury and free radical attack while EPA and DHA trigger the secretion of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
The antioxidant astaxanthin works by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins. These unique qualities make Krill suitable for a number of chronic inflammatory conditions. Krill oil has demonstrated superiority over standard fish oils for a number of conditions including: Cardiovascular health, PMS and dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It helps to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL ("good") cholesterol along with maintaining healthy ratios of HDL and LDL.
Krill oil has also been shown to reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS and dysmenorrhoea. Symptoms of pain, inflammation, stiffness and functional impairment have all been reduced in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
There are many other conditions that can benefit from Krill oil supplementation given the pivotal role essential fatty acids play in cell membrane health. Both EPA and DHA exhibit neuro-protective qualities - EPA has a more profound effect on mood and behaviour whereas DHA is vital for pre and post-natal brain development as well as maintenance of learning and memory. New research suggests that cognition in the healthy adult brain continues to benefit from these vital fatty acids. Supplemental EPA/DHA helps improve higher brain functions in adults including a sense of well being, reactivity (vigour) attention, cognitive performance and mood. Better ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids.
Historically, our diet contained an equal ratio of fish oils (Omega-3) and plant oils (Omega-6). Over the last several decades, the Western diet has seen this ratio radically change to a ratio ranging from 1:15 to 1:17 of fish to plant. A dominance of omega-6 oils promotes the production of inflammation which is thought to be the underling factor in many chronic and degenerative diseases. The ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 in Neptune Krill Oil is 15:1 which is thought to explain in part Krill's potent anti- inflammatory properties. Higher antioxidant content.
Krill oil includes vitamin A, E, and astaxanthin (a carotenoid-like substance).
Krill oil has over 47 times more antioxidant protection when compared with standard fish oils. Enhanced Bioavailability Unlike fish oils, Krill oil carries Omega-3 in the form of phospholipid liposome's (little packages) that help ensure your body absorbs the Omega-3 content. Krill's enhanced bioavailability also means that the EPA/DHA content works more rapidly to address problems associated with inflammation and cognition.
Greater Purity Neptune Krill Oil is derived from a specific species of plankton that occurs only in the southern part of the Antarctic Ocean. This ensures and guarantees only clean and pure Krill are harvested free of heavy metals, dioxins and pesticides.
All finished products are third party tested to assess purity and potency. Reflux Free Not only is Krill oil a readily absorbable form of EPA/DHA, it also does not come with the unpleasant side effect of reflux after ingestion. Sustainable Resource Given Krill's extraordinary regeneration properties, this form of Omega-3 is a highly renewable source. Because Krill represent the largest biomass in the ocean, there are strict harvesting regulations in place from the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to ensure the marine ecosystem is not affected. Neptune Krill Oil is only derived from counties that are signatories to the CCAMLR.
Superior Form of Essential Fatty Acids. Studies have shown that supplements containing phospholipids as well as EPA and DHA significantly out perform conventional fish oil products.
Leanne James is a Naturopath at