Fish oil is one of the most popular health products due to the high content of omega-3 fatty acids and the several benefits for overall health. Most products on the fish oil market are extracted from fish, such as anchovies, tuna, cod and salmon.
The famous krill oil is an alternative to the traditional fish oil and there are promising data that it is a bioactive and effective source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Krill oil is extracted from krill. Krill (Euphausiacea) is a kind of crustacean-like shrimp, zooplankton and it inhabits the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Krill is a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Intake of low doses of krill oil (90 mg DHA + EPA) can successfully increase the plasma levels of EPA and DHA, as well as the intermediate fatty acids and the arachidonic acid. The mechanism of action is that of fish oil.
Krill oil is successfully used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. 300 mg significantly reduce the C-reactive protein and improve the WOMAC rating by 30%. WOMAC is associated with parameters such as pain, stiffness and physical function in the joints.
A dose of 3000 mg per day shows a stronger effect than a dose of 2000 mg, as the increase of good cholesterol is by 59% and the reduction of bad cholesterol is by 39%. Krill oil has a significant superiority over fish oil with the same dose.
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