Dr. Mercola Antarctic Krill Oil
Antartic Krill Oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. Krill Oil is also a natural source of Astaxanthin, the super-antioxidant.
Research shows that Antartic Krill Oil may support:
- • Heart health
- • Blood sugar health
- • Joint health
- • Brain and nervous system function and development
- • Cholesterol health
- • Boosted immune function
- • Optimal skin health
- • Protection for cell membranes
- • Liver health
- • Mood support
What are krill?
Krill are small shrimp or prawn-like creatures that feed the world's most mammoth animals: the great whales. Toothless great whales gulp down huge quantities of krill to provide the energy they need to fuel their massive bulk. A blue whale eats up to 8,000 pounds of krill each day during feeding season. These highly intelligent great whales aren't the only animals that depend on krill for their nutritional needs. So do seals, penguins, sea birds, squid and fish.
The hardy krill harvested from harsh Antarctic waters, the ones that comprise Dr. Mercola Krill Oil, are so important they are considered a "keystone species", an organism upon which many Antarctic predators depend. These semi-translucent crustaceans congregate in dense masses or swarms that can turn the ocean's surface pink or red.
Together with plankton, krill make up the largest biomass on earth, one of the most easily renewable food resources available, an excellent nutritional source from an environmental perspective.
Krill oil for Omega-3 fatty acids
Krill oil is a rich source of DHA and EPA. These omega-3 fatty acids are reported to lower cholesterol, protect heart health, combat inflammation, support brain and eye health, and even fight PMS symptoms.
- • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) makes up about 90% of the omega-3 fatty acids content in the brain, and is a major componant of brain cell membranes. DHA is critical to optimal brain function. Research supports its ability to reduce inflammation, and it may help keep arteries clear, and may even protect against cancer and slow down the aging process.
- • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) has been shown to stabilize mood and reduce symptoms of depression. Research suggests it may play an important role in reducing the symptoms of psoriasis and lupus, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Lihe DHA, EPA may have cholesterol lowering benefits.
Why EFA Balance is
Critical to Your Health
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) include both omega-3 fats (high in the vital compounds EPA and DHA) and omega-6 fats. EFAs cannot be manufactured in your body but are beneficial to normal health and metabolism. Therefore, EFAs must be obtained through your diet.
Although some omega-6 fats are good for your health, the balance of omega-6s to omega-3s is crucial. Unfortunately, most people consume an overabundance of omega-6 fats.
Your ancestors embraced a diet with a healthy balance of approximately equal omega-6 and omega-3 fats. But the current Western diet is far too high in omega-6 fats. The average omega-6 to omega-3 ratio is now closer to 20:1, and in some cases even 50:1. This can keep you from optimal health. Due to this imbalanced ratio, and because you could likely benefit from more omega-3 fats, Dr. Mercola recommends adding Krill Oil to your health arsenal.
Besides DHA and EPA, this unique marine oil has another "secret weapon". Unlike fish oils, pure krill oil carries omega-3s in the form of phospholipids -- liposomes or little packages that deliver the fatty acids directly to your body's cells.
Scientific evidence to date has shown that the safest and most effective carriers of EPA and DHA are these phospholipids. Unfortunately, standard fish oils (and inferior krill oil brands) lack this phospholipid complex. Instead they contain omega-3 fatty acids in the less-beneficial form of free triglycerides.
Why are phospholipids important? They are the building blocks for your cell membranes, regulating cellular transport by functioning as 'gate-keepers.' In this role, they protect cell membranes from free radical attack.
This unique relationship between the phospholipids and omega-3 fatty acids greatly facilitates the passage of the fatty acid molecules through your intestinal wall. The benefits:
- • Makes the omega-3 fats in Dr. Mercola Krill Oil significantly more bioavailable than those in fish oil by allowing EPA and DHA to directly enter your cells.
- • Improves your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.
The most predominant phospholipid in pure krill oil is phosphatidyl choline, which is partially composed of choline. Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of choline in brain development, learning and memory. In fact, choline is particularly important for fetal and infant brain development in pregnant and nursing women. Choline is the precursor for the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine (which sends nerve signals to the brain) and for trimethylglycine, a recognized liver protector.
Antartic Krill Oil is delivered in a "Licap" capsule. These revolutionary capsules use an innovative fushion technology to create a hermetically bonded capsule. After filling, the capsule is flushed with nitrogen; creating a freshness bubble that minimizes oxygen exposure and aids in long term stability. Supplements stay fresh longer, and odor, taste, and leakage is minimized. That means no "fishy" taste, or aftertaste!
Ingredients: krill oil, fish gelatin (capsule) and silica. Contains shellfish (krill).
Suggested Use: 2 gelatin capsules daily with the first meal.
Note: If you are allergic to shellfish, have a blood coagulaiton condition, or are taking anticoagulants such as Wayfarin (Coumadin), do not use.
60 fish gelatin capsules per bottle.
About Dr Mercola, the company
Dr. Joseph Mercola is on a mission to bring people practical solutions to their health problems. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Mercola practices a "whole person" approach to medicine, focusing on preventative health care. Dr. Mercola extensively researches and promotes premium, all-natural whole-food based products that provide broad spectrum health benefits.
Dr. Mercola focuses as much on what you put in your body as what you put on it. He offers all natural hair care, sunscreens, and oral care products in addition to his supplements, such as probiotics, multi-vitamins, and antioxidants, and whole-foods and teas. Dr. Mercola offers products for the entire family, including kids and even non-toxic products for your pet's good health as well. Dr. Mercola is an advocate for a dietary and lifestyle approach to health, and is dedicated to bringing you the products that will optimize the health of your entire family.
In addition to being a licensed DO, Dr. Mercola is also board certified in family medicine, and served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical center for 5 years, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Mercola was voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl Attkisson, and other major media resources. Dr. Mercola is the author of several books, including The No-Grain Diet (with Alison Rose Levy), a New York Times Bestseller.