Krill oil is used to produce dietary supplements against cholesterol. Let’s see what it is, its benefits and how to take it.
Krill oil is made from sea invertebrates, especially crustaceans belonging to the order Euphausiacea. It is zooplankton, which with phytoplankton and other sea microorganisms form the plankton. This product is the main food source of whales, sharks, whales, oily fish and other marine species.
The oil extracted from krill is used for producing food supplements in pills, useful to take omega-3 in its purest form. These polyunsaturated fatty acids are good for fighting cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular diseases. Let’s see all the benefits of krill supplements, and how to take them.
Krill oil: properties and benefits
The organic krill oil is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids omega-3. This is not only because it contains high amounts of EPA and DHA, but also for its very low content of pollutants. Krill, due to its small size and low position in the food chain, collects less pollutants than large sea animals, such as salmon and tuna. Other than omega-3, this oil also contains vitamin A and vitamin E, two powerful antioxidants.
It is excellent for lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol, the “bad” one, and for raising HDL cholesterol, the “good” one. Moreover, it helps to lower blood pressure and to control the blood sugar level. For this reason, we recommend you to use it if you suffer from diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It has also anti-inflammatory powers and is great for the health of the nervous system.
Krill oil: side effects
Krill oil supplements are quite safe, but before taking them it is always necessary to see your doctor, because they may contrast some drugs, such as anticoagulants and orlistat. In addition, it may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to shellfish.
Krill oil: for how long you can take it and how much
Krill oil is sold in soft capsules you can take once a day, at breakfast. Usually, one pill a day is enough, but in particular cases, the doctor may prescribe a higher dosage. However, it is better not to take higher dosages without having seen a professional. You should not use krill supplements for more than three months in a row.
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Nicoletta Chiara Romano