Krill oil is obtained from Euphausia Superba, a small crustacean that resembles shrimp. Krill is rich in Essential Fatty Acids, especially omega 3 fatty acids- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It also contains the powerful antioxidant carotenoid astaxanthin, which helps prevent oxidation of the omega 3 fatty acids providing anti-inflammatory protection that crosses the blood-brain barrier.
Krill oil has been effective in reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL - bad cholesterol), triglycerides while increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL – good cholesterol). Omega-3 fatty acids are well recognized to play a crucial role in normal growth and development, memory, circulation and overall cognitive performance.
EPA and DHA are the metabolic precursors to Resolvins and Protectins, which are termed as “resolvers of inflammation” meaning they help rebuild the tissue from damage due to inflammation.