"Globally, most consumers are deficient in omega-3s, particularly EPA and DHA," Speed said. "Because the body cannot produce these fatty acids on their own, you must get them from your diet through food and supplements."
According to Speed, the omega-3s found in krill provide mostly phospholipid-bound EPA and DHA, meaning they are more easily recognized and utilized by the body.
The phospholipid omega-3s found in krill have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health.
"They help to reduce your risk for heart disease by decreasing your 'bad' LDL cholesterol and high triglyceride levels, while simultaneously increasing amounts of 'good' HDL cholesterol," Speed said.
Inflammation and Joints
"Krill’s phospholipid omega-3s also support a healthy inflammatory response, helping to normalize C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and reduce arthritis symptoms," Speed said.
Overall, krill is thought to strengthen the integrity of articular cartilage, aiding joint comfort.
Krill's phospholipid omega-3s also create positive benefits for women.
"Studies show they can help regulate certain hormones, thereby reducing the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) such as bloating, anxiousness, and abdominal and lower back pain," Speed said.
Krill can play a key role in the structure and function of brain cell membranes, as well as cell signaling.
"This is why the brain prefers omega-3s in phospholipid form," Speed said. "The omega-3 fatty acid DHA is the most common fatty acid in the human brain. Supplying the brain with an ample amount of DHA can support memory and reduce the risk of many diseases such as Alzheimer’s."
Krill phospholipid omega-3s also help to lower inflammation in the body.
"Nutrients like omega-3s go right to the cause and bring the body back into balance with regard to the omega-6/omega-3 ratio," Speed said. "When this ratio is in balance, the whole body benefits."
An organic pigment called astaxanthin, known for its potent antioxidant activity, is naturally found in krill.
"It is extremely effective at protecting the krill oil from oxidation, ensuring it remains stable and has a long shelf-life," Speed said. "In the end, what you have are the purest omega-3s nature has to offer—nothing more, nothing less."
In order to keep your heart healthy, nutrition experts have been recommending krill - a new generation of omega-3s based on phospholipids. Christopher Speed, communications director for Omega Wellness, discusses the seven reasons everyone needs krill for heart health, proper brain function and much more.