Metabolic syndrome is the name medical researchers give to a group of factors that occur simultaneously and demonstrably increase the risk for stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A recent study demonstrated that daily doses of krill oil supplements may reduce markers of metabolic syndrome.
Welcome to WellWise’s special krill oil section. Learn all you need to know about krill oil here. This relative newcomer to the world’s dietary-supplement shelves is making quite a splash, and you will find in these pages thorough information on all aspects of krill oil. Feel free to roam around and offer your questions or comments at the bottom of each of the articles.
Krill oil shows great promise for skin, though much research remains to be done. Essential fatty acids are helpful for addressing acne and reducing skin inflammation, say James Balch, MD, and Mark Stengler, ND, in Prescription for Natural Cures (John Wiley and Sons, 2004). It may take four to eight weeks for improvements to be noticed, they say. Psoriasis, another common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation, can benefit from EPA, albeit at relatively high doses.
Why should we take omega-3 supplements, especially if we are consuming a balanced and nutritious diet? One major reason is because the nutritional value of our foods today has changed dramatically, largely as a result of how they are produced and distributed. Far from the ideal 1:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, average diets today contain 6-20 times as much omega-6s as omega-3s. This poses serious health risks.
Antarctic krill oil, though not yet widely known or popular, contains a highly nutritious blend of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and choline. Within a few years, krill oil will likely become a very popular supplement or food additive. First, krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, among the most heavily researched supplemental nutrition substance in the world.
Finding factual science-based information about krill oil on the Internet can be a challenge. A case in point: Recently Whole Foods Market, a major retailer of natural and organic products, declared that it was removing krill-oil products from its shelves. This defies reason.