by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  August 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM Health In Focus
Krill Oil - New Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Krill oil may be the next leader in the wonderful world of omega 3 fatty acids Researchers argue that krill oil can be superior to fish oils, the traditional source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Thanks to the media and public awareness strategies, probably every one of us today realizes the importance of following a healthy lifestyle- focusing on the diet and being physically active. With this awareness, there has also been a marked improvement in the growth of the supplement industry.

Dietary supplements including essentials like vitamins iron and omega 3 fatty acids can help replenish the body's requirements for the essentials, thereby reducing the risk of deficiency diseases.

What is Krill Oil?

Krill oil is basically oil extracted from a species of a tiny, shrimp like creature. Turns out, krill oil is an amazing storehouse of many important nutrients. While fish oil is being used as a popular ingredient in many dietary supplements, especially omega 3 fatty acids, krill oil could prove to be a great alternative.

Krill Oil Dosage

The dosage for any dietary supplement, including krill oil, is mostly dependent upon the age of the individual, the sex, the presence of certain health conditions etc. It is therefore, important to seek medical advice before starting the intake of krill oil as a dietary supplement.

Krill Oil Benefits

Krill oil supplements can be particularly helpful in-

Maintaining a healthy heart

Maintaining the blood sugar levels

Reducing the signs of ageing

Promoting joint health

Supporting concentration and memory

Protecting cell membranes

Maintaining healthy liver function

Boosting the immune system

Promoting healthy brain function

Optimizing skin health

Improving mood

Krill Oil Supplements

Krill oil supplements are rich in fatty acids which play an important role in reducing blood cholesterol levels, swelling and can be particularly helpful in preventing certain major health conditions such as hypertension, stroke, cancer, heart disease, premenstrual syndrome, depression, stroke and more.

Krill Oil Side effects

When used as per the dosage recommended by a practitioner, taking krill oil supplements rarely has side effects. However, pregnant women and people suffering from seafood allergies should be cautious before taking krill oil supplements. Krill oil is also thought to slow down blood clotting, which can be a serious issue for patients having undergone surgery or are considering surgery.

A few other side effects, similar to those observed after use of fish oil supplements, such as heartburn, loose stools, nausea, bad breath etc, are noted.

Source: Medindia

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