Krill are small prawn like marine crustaceans that are becoming highly values for their oil content. Shown in some studies to be superior to fish oil as a provider of essential omega 3 fatty acids, krill oil also contains astaxanthin, a red coloured compound known to have antioxidant effects.
- Krill Oil Benefits - There are three major nutritional components to krill oil. Just like fish oil, krill oil contains high levels of omega 3 fatty acids. Therefore, any benefit of fish oil also applies to krill oil. However, krill oil also contains components absent from fish oil including omega 3 phospholipids, as well as a type of antioxidant known as astaxanthin.
- Krill Oil Benefits for Bodybuilding - Omega 3 fatty acids have been established to be beneficial for bodybuilding because of their anabolic properties and potential to increase muscle strength. More details can be found in our “Omega 3 Benefits for Bodybuilding” article. Omega 3s also have anti-inflammatory effects which is beneficial for recovery and joint support.
- Krill Oil Benefits as an Antioxidant - Antioxidants are beneficial for many reasons, including potentially speeding up recovery times and improving general health.
- Krill Oil Benefits for General Health - There is evidence to suggest that krill oil is superior to fish oil when it comes to improving general health. A study found that when given at equal or even at lower doses, krill oil was able to better improve blood cholesterol, glucose, and triglyceride levels compared to fish oil (Bunea et al, 2004). This implies that krill oil is better for heart health, and is a better treatment for cardiovascular diseases compared to fish oil.
- Krill Oil Benefits for PMS - Premenstrual syndrome or PMS is a condition suffered by some women during periods before their menstruation. It is characterised by painful cramping and an emotional symptoms. Although it is not medically harmful, symptoms can be very severe and can make some women bedridden. A study has shown that krill oil was very effective in the treatment of PMS, including pain and emotional upsets, and its effects were superior to that of an equivalent dose of fish oil (Sampalis et al, 2003).
As Krill oil is considered to be better absorbed than fish oil, 1g of krill oil is considered plenty to support cholesterol lowering and PMS improving functions. Another great thing about Krill oil is that they tend to come in smaller capsules making it easier to consume. Krill oil can easily be stacked with any other supplement.
Krill Oil Supplements are commonly presented & sold as Complementary Medicines, Registered Therapeutic Items or Goods and Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods in Australia. Krill Oil supplements are not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise programme. Not suitable for children or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Always read label prior to use.
Bunea et al (2004), Evaluation of the Effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the Clinical Course of Hyperlipidemia. Altern Med Rev 9: 420-428
Sampalis et al (2003), Evaluation of the Effects of Neptune Krill Oil™ on the Management of Premenstrual Syndrome and Dysmenorrhea. Altern Med Rev, 8: 171-179