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Get healthy with Krill oil

Krill oil seems to be replacing fish oil as an anecdote to many health woes.

health and fitness Updated: Jul 22, 2012 01:08 IST
Surbhi Vip

Regularly consuming nutritional supplements has been long considered an ideal way to stay healthy — provided these supplements are made of natural elements. If recent trends and research is to go by, it looks like krill oil is slowly becoming a hot favourite with health buffs. Krill, like shrimps, are crustaceans, and its oil — a nutrient-dense supplement — is extracted and sold as a health supplement. Commercial fishing of krill occurs primarily in the northern Pacific Ocean.

Health benefits
Krill oil contains the antioxidant, astaxanthin. “The algae that krill eat produce a bright-red pigment, astaxanthin, that give krill their reddish-pink colour. Unlike other antioxidants, astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it can theoretically protect the eye, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage,” says Dr Shipra Saklani Mishra, Sr clinical nutritionist, Fortis La Femme Hospital.

Krill oil vs fish oil
It’s all about Omega-3 absorption when it comes to comparing krill oil and fish oil. It’s the phospholipid bond that makes krill better than fish oil. Though the large-scale availability and lower cost of fish oil gives it an edge, krill contains higher amounts of astaxanthin and is reportedly better absorbed in the body, by up to 17%, in comparison to fish oil.

Also, unlike fish oil, krill oil doesn't cause fishy burps or an aftertaste — a common side effect of fish oil. Krill oil is being studied as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, though many nutritionists seem to believe that it compensates the food value that is present in fish oil. Doctors have also warned that people with bleeding disorders, and those who are allergic to seafood shouldn’t use krill oil unless they do this under the supervision of a doctor. “The side effects of krill oil may sometimes include loose stools, diarrhea or indigestion,” reveals Dr Mishra.

Health wonders
* Edamame:Tons of Edamame have been available in markets for a few years now — from our supermarts to enterprising bhajiwallas. It’s the only vegetable known to have complete protein content. The grand soybean is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, and is also used in soups and processed into sweets.
* Fish oil: Reportedly, the oil reduces the risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and strokes. `
* Aloe vera: The earliest record of Aloe vera use comes from the Egyptians, who believed it added years to their health. Now, Aloe vera gel is used as an ingredient in commercially available lotions.
* Loganberry: Loganberry is a hybrid variety of American blackberry and European raspberry that came into vogue in 1881. High in dietary fiber and vitamins, they are known to have many health benefits.