We’ve talked extensively on this blog about the incredible health benefits associated with using regular krill oil supplementation. Krill oil really is the next leader in providing optimal omega-3 intake. Even Dr. Oz has been raving about its powerful impact! In fact, it’s hard to open a magazine, listen to the radio, or turn on the television without somebody bringing up the incredible power krill oil can have on turning ones life around.
Taking krill oil daily will work to promote; cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function, feelings of personal health and well being, memory capabilities, relief from pain associated with premenstrual syndrome, a boost to energy levels, eye health, and oh, so much more.
What makes Viva Labs Krill Oil so powerful in comparison to other omega-3 supplements on the market is that it brings optimal concentrations of omega-3’s, phospholipids, and astaxanthin to the table. Other leading fish oil brands can’t provide these benefits all in one package, which is why our krill oil stands apart as a superior omega-3 supplement.
Now, the question is…how do they do it? How do we ‘make’ krill oil’?
How we make krill oil
Krill is a shrimp-like deep-water crustacean that thrives in oceanic communities across the globe. Krill represent the bottom of our food chain and are literally the most abundant biomass on earth. There are close to 85 different species of krill. The krill used to manufacture Viva Labs’s Krill Oil are called Euphausia superba. This species of krill is found deep in the waters of Antarctica. This species is highly concentrated in the three components mentioned earlier; phospholipids, omega-3, and astaxanthin. Phospholipids, astaxanthin and omega-3’s occur naturally in this specific species of krill.
We have found that one of the most important factors behind manufacturing a superior omega-3 supplement lies in harvesting the krill correctly and carefully. We work closely with companies that specialize specifically in krill harvest. Japanese and Russian fishery companies have been harvesting krill for over thirty years because of the nutritional value they bring. These companies use a technique in which the krill are frozen immediately upon harvest. This helps the krill remain their nutritional value. Because krill hibernate in the winter, they’re highest nutritional value will be at the end of an Antarctic summer. The right choice of the harvesting season is of significant importance.
Viva Labs uses a cold-vacuum extraction process that protects and maintains the omega-3’s, axtaxanthin and phospholipids to ensure none of the powerful benefits, are lost in extraction. Our extraction process allows us to extract the oil from the krill without losing any of the nutritional value that they so abundantly provide. Nothing is added to our krill oil, and you can feel confident in the fact that your omega-3 supplement has optimal concentrations in naturally occurring nutrients like phospholipids, omega-3’s and astaxanthin.
How to take krill oil
To achieve the optimal health benefits associated with krill oil, daily supplementation is recommended. Because krill oil comes in phospholipid form, you don’t have to worry about the embarrassing and uncomfortable ‘fish burps’ that accompany leading fish oil brands. Viva Labs Krill Oil capliques come at a concentration of 1250mg of omega-3’s. Most health care practitioners will recommend a daily dosage of at least 1,000 mg of omega-3’s, and at Viva Labs, we are proud to once again – go above and beyond.
Because krill oil is known to have powerful effects in providing an energy boost, improving cognitive function, and lifting ones feelings of personal well-being and self-esteem, we recommend taking krill oil first thing in the morning to ensure you are enjoying the optimal health benefits from the start of the day on. This is likely when you are taking other supplements, vitamins, minerals or medications, making it easier to remember to get in your optimal omega-3 intake.
As always, with any changes in your personal health care regime, we recommend you seeking out the advice, and approval of your health care practitioner. Your family doctor will be able to help you assess the needs surrounding your personal health goals, and how best to achieve them. Specifically, women that are pregnant, or persons with seafood of shellfish allergies, should avoid any marine based omega-3 supplements, until speaking with their family doctor.
The word is spreading about the power of omega-3′s. You can’t open newspaper, or turn on a television without hearing about the powerful health benefits attached to regular omega-3 intake.
Optimal omega-3 intake is attached to the promotion of cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function, memory capabilities, eye health, boosts in energy levels and, well, the list goes on (and on, and on).
While fish such as; halibut, mackerel, sturgeon and tuna, are all excellent sources of omega-3’s, our medical community has urged us to reduce our consumption of fish because of the pollutants involved with our marine communities.
Many people turn to nature based omega-3 intake like flax seeds, algae and avocado’s. While these are also impactful in providing omega-3’s to our bodies, the amount we would need to consume on a daily basis to guarantee the optimal health benefits of high omega-3 intake – would be astronomical. Algae for breakfast, lunch and dinner – is not exactly my idea of a good day! I don’t even think I need to mention the negatives behind eating 8 avocados on a daily basis. Not only would that be hard on your pocket book – but your waistline wouldn’t be too pleased either. However, it should be stated that any omega-3 intake, is certainly better than none, and these are still viable options for vegans or vegetarians trying to make healthy lifestyle choices.
The easiest way to ensure you are receiving optimal omega-3 intake (and in turn, the optimal health benefits associated with omega-3’s), is through daily supplementation. Krill Oil happens to be one of the most superior omega-3 supplements available on the market today. Why? That’s what I want to talk about.
Lose The Contaminants
While there are literally thousands of fish oil supplements available on the market today – most of them are manufactured using marine life that is stock full of contaminants such as PCB’s, mercury and other toxins due to our over polluted water system. It is because of these contaminants, that health care practitioners have advised us to reduce our fish intake to three portions a week. When we use a fish oil supplement, while it may be providing omega-3 health benefits, it is also giving us a daily dose of toxic pollutants, which will certainly have negative effects on our health in the long term.
Krill are tiny crustaceans found deep within the oceanic community globally. Because they are not predatory marine life, they are virtually free of the dangerous contaminants found in so many leading brand fish oils. With Krill Oil – you get the health benefits, without the counteractive repercussions.
Krill Oil contains a very powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin. This is something you won’t find in leading fish oil brands. Astaxanthin is considered a powerhouse in the family of antioxidants. It works to promote cellular health (more than important considering our bodies are made up of literally trillions of cells) and reduce inflammation within the body. Inflammation is behind many serious health conditions such as heart disease and joint related conditions like Arthritis. Because of astaxanthin, Krill Oil has 54X the antioxidant power than any fish oil product available.
Krill Oil Phospholipids
Krill Oil is stored in phospholipid form. Phospholipids are fats naturally found in the human body, which makes the essential fatty acids easier for our body to break down and digest. The phospholipids in Krill Oil guarantee faster absorption that’s easier on the body. Phospholipids also mean that you won’t have to suffer through any of the uncomfortable (and embarrassing) ‘fish burps’ that come along with so many fish oil brands.
Krill are actually one of the largest biomasses on earth. Krill Oil harvesting is also strictly regulated, which means that for the small amount of Krill harvested for food and supplementation purposes, millions more are replacing them every year. You can enjoy the optimal health benefits associated with a superior omega-3 supplement, without any concerns regarding environmental sustainability.
As always, we do recommend that you speak with your health care practitioner whenever you are introducing a new vitamin, mineral, supplement, dietary change or exercise regime into your life. Your doctor will know the needs surrounding your health better than anyone (maybe even better than you yourself), and it’s always important to have them ‘in the know’.
The benefits associated with choosing a superior omega-3 supplement like Krill Oil, are extensive. Even Dr. Oz is talking about Krill Oil as the new leading in the omega-3 industry!
When you choose Krill Oil, it’s really a win/win/win/win/win/win…well, you get the picture!
Everybody is talking about the power of omega-3’s. Medical professionals, homeopathic doctors, naturopaths and dieticians alike boasting the extensive list of health benefits associated with omega 3’s.
How many people however, have actually taken the time to sit down with you and explain omega-3’s, and why it is that they are so effective in promoting your holistic health? Here is a brief breakdown of the incredible benefits attached to daily omega-3 intake.
Supplying your body with the omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil’s will have an incredible impact on your overall health and personal well- being.
Omega-3’s are most well known for their ability to promote cardiovascular health while working to lower levels of negative cholesterol, promote circulation and, in doing so – allow the body to send more oxygen to the brain. A healthy heart is the first step to achieving optimal health, and omega-3’s are a powerhouse in helping you achieve heart health.
But that’s not all. Omega-3’s are also known to be food for the brain – boosting cognitive function and memory capabilities while also providing a lift in feelings of personal
well-being and self- esteem. Many health care professionals will recommend fish oil supplements to work alongside pharmaceutical medications in addressing conditions such as depression, psychosis, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer’s disease, and other thinking disorders.
Omega-3’s are also effective in promoting reduced inflammation in the joints, relief from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, healthy kidney function, stronger, healthier bones, eye health, immunity, and weight loss.
So now we’ve covered a few of the many reasons you should be optimizing your omega-3 intake. The question now is, how?
Fish, such as halibut, sturgeon, tuna and mackerel, are powerful sources of omega-3’s. Unfortunately, our marine communities are so over-polluted, that many of the fish harvested have dangerous levels of mercury, PCB’s and many other toxins. Because of this, health care practitioners across the nation are recommending we reduce our fish portions down to three a week.
Flax seeds and algae are also excellent sources of omega-3’s. To take in the amount of omega-3’s necessary to achieve the optimal health benefits they offer one would need to consume high amounts. While flax seeds are an excellent option for vegetarians looking to up the ante on their omega-3 intake, not everyone is interested in eating multiple portions of flax seeds on a daily basis.
At the end of the day, krill and fish oil supplementation are the best options when it comes down to making sure you are getting everything you need from omega 3 fatty acids. Supplements are convenient, affordable, and make for an easy daily commitment. The question is, how is krill oil compared to fish oil? Let’s investigate.
Fish oil supplements will offer many of the incredible health benefits attached to omega-3 fatty acids. The tricky stitch comes with the fact that fish oil supplements are usually manufactured using mackerel, herring, tuna, halibut, salmon, cod liver, whale blubber, or seal blubber – the same marine life that contain a lot of the contaminants and pollutants our medical practitioners are advising us against.
There are however, some fish oil supplements on the market that are developed using fresh water fish. These products will contain minimal (if any) contaminants or toxins. Manufacturers of fish oils that use an extraction process known as a CO2 Critical Extraction Process are probably your best choice as these supplements also have very low (if any) levels of contaminants. You want to also seek out products that follow GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) standards and develop their products in FDA approved facilities.
If you choose to invest in a fish oil supplement that best suits your needs, seek out a product that stands above the rest in providing you with optimal concentration, purity and quality.
Krill are tiny crustaceans found deep within the oceanic community around the globe. One of the many things that makes krill oil a superior option when seeking out omega-3 supplementation, is that krill make up for one of the largest biomasses on earth. Krill are not only free of dangerous contaminant levels for this reason, but are also sustainable, which is an added bonus for the ecologically friendly at heart.
Krill also contain a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin works to protect cellular health, which is more than slightly important considering we are made up of over a trillion cells. Astaxanthin also has anti- inflammatory properties, which is also important given the fact that many illnesses and conditions are associated with inflammation.
A third bonus when looking at krill oil vs fish oil – lies in the fact that krill oil comes in phospholipid form. Phospholipids are naturally found in the human body, which means that the body doesn’t need to work harder to break down essential fatty acids, and absorbs them more easily, at a quicker pace. Optimal health benefits – faster!
When looking at the benefits of krill oil vs fish oil – the winner is clear to us. This is YOUR health we’re talking about however, so we encourage you to research, research, research. Choose an omega-3 supplement that stands above the rest in meeting the needs surrounding your personal health and well-being.
We guarantee – when you do your homework, and find a product that stands above the rest – it WILL change your life!
It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults in the United States will experience depression at some point in their life. It is a very common problem that is only beginning to be understood, and scientists are working tirelessly to find a cure.
While doctors have been shoveling out anti-depressant and anti-anxiety meds like candy, little evidence actually maps how the brain benefits from this shift in chemistry. The cause of depression is not known, so it makes it hard to trace exactly what is going “wrong in the brain”. There is a lot of evidence that these medications do work for a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean pharmaceuticals are for everyone.
Unfortunately, anti-depressants and counseling do not help all individuals. For them it can appear to be an uphill battle with no end in sight. There is a lot of research and evidence beginning to be gathered that may indicate that finding relief for major depression can be assisted by introducing omega 3’s. We decided to share some of the studies that have been released.
1) Largest Study of Omega 3’s and Depression Shows Positive Results
The largest study to look at the impact of omega-3 supplements on patients with major depression (without anxiety) showed that omega 3’s did indeed help treat depression. The study originated with Dr. François Lespérance of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier at the Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), head of CHUM’s Department of Psychiatry and a professor at the Université de Montréal. It included researchers from centres affiliated with the UdM’s Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS), from McGill University, Université Laval in Quebec City and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The study was supported by the European firm isodisnatura, the Fondation du CHUM and the CRCHUM. We tell you all of these to give you an idea of how big the study actually was, and it is significant all these institutions back up omega 3’s positive impact on depression.
2) Depressed Mice with Diet Low in Omega 3’s
A group, led by Mathieu Lafourcade of The French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) Magendie Neurocenter in France, found mice fed an omega-3 deficient diet showed lower levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in their brains. The mice also as had higher overall levels of omega-6 which is a harmful fatty acid.
What they found was that the mice began to exhibit depressive symptom through a wide range of behavioral tests. The animals gave up on activities, exploring and tended to stay close to one wall in the cage.
3) Countries That Eat more Omega 3 Rich Fish Suffer Less from Seasonal Depression
Studies examining depression on an international scale found that some countries had a lower occurrence of depression than others. While we may assume that some of this data could be influenced by environmental factors, there was a surprising correlation between countries with lower depression rates. Countries who ate more fish per capital, like Japan (147 pounds annually) and Iceland (225 pounds annually), showed lower rates of season affective disorder.
4) Omega 3’s More Effective Than Placebos in Treating Depression
A study examining three studies that looked at the effects of placebo vs. omega 3 supplements in patients of all ages found that omega 3’s were more effective as a treatment. These studies looked at bi-polar and depressed patients in closed and open studies. There was a wide range of variables that make it seem a very complex coincidence if all of them improved with omega 3’s.
5) Depression Causes Patients to Eat Less Omega 3’s
It may seem obvious, but suffering from depression causes individual to eat less nutritious diets. These less nutritious diets are correlated with taking in a lot less omega 3’s replaced with the more harmful omega 6 fatty acid. This study found that patients who took omega 3 supplements saw a decrease in their symptoms of their depression.
Our Conclusion on Omega 3’s and Depression
This is just a small sample set of all the research out there that is looking into how omega 3’s may be able to assist with providing relief from depression and other psychological disorders. It is important to inform you that not all the research is conclusive as of yet.
If an individual is interested in trying to treat their depression with omega 3’s it is advisable to see a doctor first. Health care professionals can guide a person down the right path to make sure that they are on the road to recovery, because no one wants to be in the depressed state longer than they have to. Like any condition, everyone has different needs and requirements as they seek recovery.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. There are active steps we can take to avoid heart disease to try to fight off this epidemic. One step towards steering yourself away from heart disease is incorporating omega 3’s into your diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids help our heart by decreasing triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, reducing blood clotting, boosting immunity and improving joint health. Omega 3’s do all these things because they are unsaturated fatty acids that work to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is thought to damage your body and blood vessels in a way that ultimately lead to heart disease.
The problem is that most Americans do not get nearly the amount of omega 3’s that we need for our bodies. Our diets are shifted in such a way that we end up eating a lot of unhealthy fats instead of healthy fats.
To make a transition with our diet, the American Heart Association recommends that we eat fish twice a week in place of other meats to see health benefits from the Omega 3’s. You can also incorporate things like olive oil, peanuts, beans and dairy in place of unhealthy fats like red meats, fried foods and fast foods.
The Supplemental Story with Omega 3’s and Krill Oil
Making dietary shifts can often be easier suggested than executed. We can make small changes, but sometimes they still aren’t enough to get the amount of omega 3’s we need in a diet. That is when supplements become a viable option.
The problem is that not all omega 3 supplements are created equal. Regular omega 3 supplements will often not be properly absorbed by your body. Fish oil is by far inferior in absorption rate due to being an oil base. Krill oil with omega 3’s has been proven to be the one supplement that our bodies actually absorb a significant amount of omega 3’s from. The krill oil omega 3 content comes in a form that is water soluble, so our bodies have to do very little work to digest it.
The Benefits of Omega 3 Krill Oil
- Due to the easy digestible form of krill oil it does not cause our body to have some of the unpleasant gaseous problems that fish oil is pretty infamous for causing. This is a huge benefit to anyone who has ever smelled or experienced burping up fish oil.
- Unlike fish oil, Krill Oil is sustainably harvested. There is a board of scientists, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) that oversees the harvesting of krill oil. A tiny portion of the krill population is harvested for Krill Oil creation, so it has little to no impact on ecosystems.
- Krill Oil contains the following anti-oxidants: astaxanthin, phosphotidylcholine, vitamin A and C. The addition antioxidants aren’t just an added health bonus in general, the antioxidants assist in preventing the omega 3’s from going rancid before being absorbed by the digestive system.
- Krill Oil is better than fish oil. You can use a lot less to get the same effect. A study by Bunea R, El Farrah and Deutsch reported in the 2004 Alternative Medicine Review of examined the affects of krill oil, fish oil and a placebo on 120 people. The results supported what doctors had been assuming all along. Krill Oil takes the cake when it comes to lowering cholesterol.
The group of individual that added Krill Oil saw a 13% reduction in total cholesterol, 35% decrease in LDL, 43% increase in HDL and 11% reduction in triglyceride. The group taking fish oil had notable lesser results with 5.9% drop in cholesterol, 4.6% lower LDL, 4.2% raise in HDL and 3.2% reduction in triglycerides. The patient who took the placebo had a general increase in cholesterol, proving that taking fish oil or Krill Oil is better than doing nothing!
- A boost to your brain! Reducing consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is strongly associated with reduced risk of age related cognitive decline or dementia, things like Alzheimer’s disease, according to recent studies.