Krill Oil Supplementation
Why Is Krill Oil So Important in IBD, UC, and Crohn’s?
Krill Oil Supplementation
We have discussed in prior Updates (#11, #19) the importance of Diet in the role of IBD, UC, and Crohn’s, especially the importance of ensuring you eat an anti-inflammatory diet because the source of all disease is inflammation. We will cover this in detail in another future Update as well.
Regardless of how well you’re eating, it’s really impossible to get all your nutritional needs through your foods these days anyway.
That’s the reason I generally suggest supplementing with certain vitamins, but since Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory, this too must be added to your daily regimen to ensure you’re combatting the inflammation that is part of this disease process.
Has your doctor suggested you take Omega 3’s or Krill Oil to help with your IBD, UC, Crohn’s?
As This Study explains,
“…while intake of saturated fat, trans fatty acids and arachidonic acid has been linked to the development of chronic disease, research shows omega 3 fatty acids, specifically fish oils, are essential in the prevention and treatment of disease…”
“… fish oil inhibits the production of these inflammatory compounds…”
And as to the connection between fish oil, inflammation and its effect on IBD, UC, and Crohn’s,
“… fish oil has been proven to be beneficial in intestinal health. Fish oil has an anti-inflammatory effect on inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease). We can conclude fish consumption can prevent most diseases in humans. Human health is guarantied with fishes regularly consumption in two to three times in week…”
There are many different types of Omega 3’s – some just okay, some very poor quality, and some very good ones.
The only Omega 3 that mimics “nature’s omega 3” and isn’t made in a laboratory from artificial and synthetic sources, is Krill Oil.
“…Conclusion: The results of the present study clearly indicate that Krill Oil at a daily dose of 300 mg significantly inhibits inflammation and reduces arthritic symptoms within a short treatment period of 7 and 14 days…”
“… Based on evidence of SCCAI and AIFAI and a tendency of decreased levels of CRP and homecysteine, intake of atlantic salmon may have beneficial effects on disease activity in patients with mild ulcerative colitis.”
“…The results suggest that ω-3 PUFAs are an attractive adjunctive treatment for joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and dysmenorrhea…”
As results shown in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology,
“… Krill Oil showed protective potential against DSS colitis based on the preservation of colon length, reduction of oxidative markers and the consistent beneficial changes.. “
“Krill Oil showed protective potential against DSS colitis based on the preservation of colon length, reduction of oxidative markers and the consistent beneficial changes of HCS, cytokine, and (PG)E3 levels, as well as PPAR-γ and Pparg1α expression compared with DSS alone. These findings indicate an anti-inflammatory and a protein antioxidant effect of Krill Oil.”
You’re actually getting 2 super supplements in one, for the price of one: Krill Oil + Astaxanthin!
Seeking Health Optimal Krill Oil
Krill Oil is a rich source of Astaxanthin and the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Benefits of EPA and DHA
EPA and DHA are omega-3 fatty acids that support cardiovascular health, fight inflammation, and support brain and eye health. DHA is a major componant of brain cell membranes. EPA may stabilize mood and lessen symptoms of depression. Each of these essential fatty acids support reduced inflammation and may lower cholesterol.
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C, E or beta carotene when it comes to free radical scavenging. It is a cartenoid responsible for the red hue assoicated with shrimp and lobster, and it gives the flamingo its pink color. Astaxanthin has been shown to ease pain associated with joint inflammation, fight fatigue, and help with endurance, added energy, and muscle recovery. Krill is one of the few sea creatures that consume a microalgae that is the only natural source of Astaxanthin. Optimal Krill Oil contains 12 mg astaxanthin per serving.
Studies suggest that this high level of astaxanthin offers an array of therapeutic benefits, which may include:
It would take 8 conventional krill softgels to equal the astaxanthin levels in just 1 capsule of Optimal Krill Oil!
Seeking Health Optimal Krill Oil’s astaxanthin comes from both naturally occurring levels found in krill oil and from AstaREAL®, a registered brand of astaxanthin extracted directly from microalgae using a solvent–free technology that ensures maximum control and purity. AstaREAL® astaxanthin is the most studied astaxanthin in the world with over 40 clinical studies, both animal and human.
Optimal Krill Oil’s Powerful Antioxidant Formula
Seeking Health’s Optimal Krill Oil is made using a unique cold–extraction process that converts it into stable oil. This process protects the lipids from alteration and avoids peroxidation. It is highly purified and free of heavy metals and organohalide pollutants.Optimal Krill Oil does not cause reflux or regurgitation commonly experienced by those consuming regular fish oil supplements.
Manufacturer: Seeking Health
Item number: SKH053GTIN: no barcodeWarnings: Consult a health care professional prior to use if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or allergic to shellfish or fish, have a blood coagulation condition or are taking anti-coagulants, such as warfarin (coumadin) or high dose aspirin. Optimal Krill Oil is an extract from Antarctic krill, rich in the cell membrane-building blocks EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) bound to highly unsaturated phospholipids, closely resembling human brain phospholipids. Keep Out Of Reach Of Children
Serving Size: 2
Serving Per Package: 30
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take two softgels for thirty days, and one softgel per day thereafter with the first meal, or as directed by your health practitioner.
Refrigeration Required: Yes
Does Not Contain:
Ingredients: Krill oil; Phospoholipids; Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); AstaReal Astaxanthin
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, water, and lemon oil
Notice: Individual results may vary. You should always consult with your physician before starting this product or any health-related program.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
As the studies conclude, Krill Oil is superior to Omega 3’s, and in fact, when you buy Krill Oil, you are getting the bonus of an extra supplement, called Astaxanthin, which is very important. And as it turns out, Astaxanthin is one of the most important antioxidants to be found.
Major Producer Reveals the Benefits of Astaxanthin—Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant
by Dr. Mercola
“…A little-known carotenoid called astaxanthin is now believed to be the most potent antioxidant nature has to offer. Astaxanthin’s benefits are so numerous, I’ve written several articles to cover its many activities, from UV-radiation protection, to eye- and heart health, to improved athletic performance.
In terms of antioxidant power or potency, astaxanthin is
550 times stronger than vitamin E, and 6,000 times stronger
than vitamin C!
As an antioxidant, astaxanthin has powerful
anti-inflammatory benefits, which makes it useful
for a number of diseases associated with inflammation, such as arthritis. However, it’s not a magic cure. Not mistaking astaxanthin for a cure is an important point. However, it can effectively relieve symptoms when taken consistently over several weeks (effects are usually noticeable after about two to four weeks). And in many cases it can do so more effectively than far more expensive and potentially toxic prescription anti-inflammatories and over-the-counter pain killers.
If you are on a krill oil supplement, which naturally contains astaxanthin, take that into consideration. Different krill products have different concentrations of astaxanthin, so check your label. Another factor to keep in mind is that astaxanthin is a fat soluble supplement. So unless you take it with a small amount of fat, it’s not going to absorb well. Butter, coconut oil, or eggs would be ideal complements to ensure optimal absorption…”
A Note About Krill Oil Dosage
For most people, taking 1g of Krill Oil is enough. But for those of us, with immuno-compromised diseases such as IBD, UC, and Crohn’s, as well as those with Inflammatory Diseases, Krill Oil is an important supplement in helping to regulate and minimize inflammation, and studies show for those of us in those classes of diseases, our requirements are higher – between 3-4g of Krill Oil per day.
Now, I don’t suggest you increase it immediately. But do start at the 1g daily dosage, and in 2-3 weeks’ time, increase your dosage to 2g daily, and pay attention to what your body is telling you (i.e. are you noticing a lessening of pains?), then in another 2-3 weeks’ time, increase it again to 3g daily, and see how you feel, this will ensure you’ll be slowly working up to the suggested 3-4g daily dosage while you are listening to your body.
So now that we know the power of Astaxanthin, it just makes sense (and the studies prove it) – Krill Oil helps with IBD.
Krill Oil Supplementation
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