A lot of people take supplements of various types. Sometimes they take them with the hopes of getting nutrients that they don't feel they get enough of in their diets, and other times they take them because they have heard that they might help them to prevent or cure health problems that they might have. However, it is important to do your research before you choose any supplements to make sure that they have been properly studied and found to be effective. One supplement that can be effective in helping with certain conditions is krill oil.

Krill oil comes from tiny ocean creatures that are similar to shrimp. A lot of the benefits that you can get from taking these supplements are similar to those that you get from taking the better known fish oil supplements that are on the market. However, recent studies have shown that supplements made from krill might be even more effective than those made from fish oil.

Both krill oil and fish oil supplements have a lot of Omega 3 fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, which are recommended for people to get in their diet. The difference is the form in which these fatty acids are linked together. Fish oil has these fatty acids linked to form triglycerides, and supplements made with krill have the fatty acids in the form of phospholipids. Phospholipids are easier for the body to use, which makes the krill supplements more effective. Some studies have shown them to be as much as three times more effective than fish oil.

Another benefit of krill oil supplements is the fact that they are high in an antioxidant called astaxanthin, so besides getting the healthy Omega 3 fatty acids you are also getting antioxidants in just one supplement.

So what conditions are krill oil supplements likely to help with? Well, studies have shown that they can help to lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol and lowering blood sugar. There have also been promising results when it comes to relieving arthritis pain and PMS symptoms.

Another good thing about these supplements is that there are almost no side effects associated with taking them at the recommended dose, or even doses that are higher than the recommended dose. Unlike fish oil there isn't any fishy after taste or problems with fishy tasting burps after taking them. The main issue that might come up is that your stools may get loose, which is the case if you ingest large amounts of any oil.

However, to be on the safe side it is best not to use these supplements without speaking with your doctor first, especially if you are on any medications that thin your blood. You want to make sure that it is safe to take with all of the other supplements and medications that you might be taken.


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