Has anyone tried it?
For those who haven’t heard of it yet:
Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans. Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, the fatty acids also found in fish oils. Among others, krill oil has a high amount of the potent antioxidant astaxanthin along with small amounts of vitamin A and vitamin E.
Some of the reported advantages compared to fish oil:
- Better absorbed than fish oil (due to the phospholipid bindings which increase the bioavailability of the omega-3s)
- Superior antioxidant content (fish oil is weak in antioxidant content and as you increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids by consuming fish oil, you actually increase your need for even more antioxidant protection - krill oil possibly solves this dilemma)
- Virtually pollution-free (krill are at the bottom of the food chain)
- Krill oil is more stable and more resistant to rancidity than conventional fish oils
- No aftertaste or fish oil burps
The only downside I am aware of is the price, at least in Austria and surrounding countries. I pay nearly ? 30 for 30 caps, the recommended intake for people over 80kg is 3 caps (3x500mg) a day for the first 4 weeks, then reduce to 2 caps a day.
In case someone is interested…
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Effects of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids on the activities and expression of hepatic antioxidant enzymes in autoimmune-prone NZBxNZW F1 mice.
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