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Let’s talk antioxidants

If you are one of millions of Americans struggling with low energy levels, a lack of focus, weight gain, a lowered libido or a weakened immune system – the bad news is, you’re not alone – but the good news is, there are ways to turn things around and steer yourself back towards a long, dynamic, healthy life!

Antioxidants Made Simple

Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. Essentially, antioxidants work to protect and promote our cellular health. Many experts believe damage caused by free radicals plays a part in a number of chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries, cancer, and arthritis. Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system. Fighting off damage with antioxidants helps keep your immune system strong and healthy, making you better able to ward off illness, conditions and disease.

Antioxidants provide enhanced healthy aging, neutralization of free radicals, increased energy levels and enhanced stamina; optimal cellular health, reduced waste and toxins within the body, detoxification of the liver, a powerful boost to the immune system, cognitive function and the delivery of vitamins and minerals to your cells.

You can reap the benefits of antioxidants simply from what you eat. Many foods are rich in antioxidants; berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli are a few examples. Proteins and foods rich in omega-3s are also consider antioxidants.

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Free Radicals

 We’ve mentioned free radicals, but what exactly are they? Free radicals are basically unstable molecules; their electron count is out of balance. These molecules then ‘steal’ electrons from other molecules, causing a chain reaction of free radical damage. This in turn, leads to oxidative stress, which brings on inflammation, the ‘secret cause’ of so many points of illness and disease.  Sounds technical right? It’s not, really.

Think of free radicals as cat burglars breaking into your home, eating your food, tossing your belongings around and leaving with your most prized possession: your health. Now imagine them doing this on a daily basis. You might consider this a good time to protect your assets!

The tricky part is that it’s actually impossible to get away from free radicals and the havoc they wreak on our bodies. Free radicals arise from sources both inside and outside our bodies. Oxidants that develop from processes within our bodies form as a result of normal respiration, metabolism, and inflammation. Free radicals also arrive through environmental factors such as pollutionsunlightstrenuous exerciseX-rayssmoking and alcohol. Our antioxidant systems are not perfect, so as we age, cell parts damaged by oxidation accumulate.

Antioxidants are the protein molecules that defend the body, and in turn, attack free radicals. Antioxidants sacrifice their own electrons in order to neutralize free radicals. This battle will often neutralize most antioxidants, rendering them ineffective, which is why it’s important to continually replenish your body’s antioxidant power!

Here’s another example for you. Have you ever noticed the way the flesh of an apple will turn brown when you leave it to sit in the open air? This metamorphosis is the direct result of free radical damage. Now imagine the damage free radicals are doing to your holistic health! If you apply lemon juice to the flesh of that very same apple, this deterioration will not occur. The antioxidants in the lemon juice protect the apple, and protect any potential damage. In fact, if applied, antioxidants will protect the whole orchard. Or, put more simply, antioxidants will work to protect your health – on every level.

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Astaxanthin as an  Antioxidant Powerhouse

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant from the carotenoid family. You can spot astaxanthin as it brings out vibrant colors in natural food sources like apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, salmon, krill, algae, crab, lobster and so many more.

Infamous in its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body, Astaxanthin addresses one of the major concerns behind many physical conditions, illnesses and diseases. By reducing inflammation you will be improving your cellular, cardiovascular and joint health.

Astaxanthin is also very important when it comes to promoting cellular health and protecting it from free radical damage. Considering our bodies are comprised of trillions of cells, it’s easy to wrap your mind around the importance of cellular health on a holistic level.

What’s incredible about Krill Oil as opposed to leading fish oil brands is that it contains astaxanthin. This means that on top of the numerous health benefits associated with choosing a superior omega-3 supplement, you are getting 54x more antioxidant power than leading fish oil brands – in every daily serving. That’s protecting and promoting optimal health from the ground up.

The benefits behind choosing a superior omega-3 supplement for optimal omega-3 intake are boundless. The benefits behind boosting your bodies’ antioxidant power are also extensive.

With Krill Oil, it’s really a win/win.

Citations

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/antioxidant1.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antioxidants.html

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/antioxidants-your-immune-system-super-foods-optimal-health

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxidant

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzy-cohen-rph/astaxanthin_b_2750910.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaxanthin

 

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National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The disease is named after the doctor James Parkinson, who was able to first diagnose the disease in 1817 (the disease at the time named ‘Shaky Palsy’). For this reason, awareness campaigns take place on the birthday, April 11, of Dr. Parkinson. Because this disease closely affects the lives of very close family friends of mine, spreading awareness and supporting research for Parkinson’s disease has long been something I hold close to my heart.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

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As time passes, a person diagnosed with Parkinson’s can gradually be affected by a continual decline in brain-muscle communication to the point of complete dependency, regarding mobility. Depression, sexual difficulties, incontinence, and a breakdown in cognitive function can also occur. Common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease are not limited to, but can include; tremors, slowness and stiffness in the muscles, difficulty initiating mobility, impaired balance, a shuffling or uncertain gait, fatigue, stooped posture, sleep disturbances, difficulty with handwriting, slowed or slurred speech and constipation. Because Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, symptoms will almost always worsen over time.

Today, over one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease. While it often occurs in later life, it has also been known to affect younger people. Men face almost twice the risk of developing the condition.

Here’s the scary part: nobody knows what causes Parkinson’s disease. There are currently no laboratory tests that can confirm the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. In order to arrive at a diagnosis, the physician takes a family and health history from the person, and performs a thorough physical and neurological examination, observing the person’s movements and muscle function.  The physician will also rule out other disorders that can cause similar symptoms. Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is important so that appropriate treatment can begin.

It’s true that there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, with early diagnosis and an effective plan of treatment, the symptoms of the disease can often be controlled or lessened. Treatment varies significantly on a person to person basis and may include:

  • Medication therapies—A number of drugs can help control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The decision behind which drugs and dosages to use, combined with risks associated with side effects of certain drugs – must be carefully supervised by your health care physician.
  • Rehabilitative therapy—Physical, occupational and speech therapists can assess the person’s abilities and needs, and provide exercises to help maintain the highest possible range of motion, muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and ability to communicate effectively.
  • Lifestyle alterations—Exercise helps maintain muscle tone and strength. Diet and nutrition are also important in providing your body the strength it needs to achieve optimal muscle strength.
  • Support groups and counseling are available to help the person and family members deal with the social and emotional impact of Parkinson’s disease.

We do encourage you to contact your community Parkinson awareness centre and get involved, whether it be through volunteer work, or financial support towards research. A great place to start is by visiting: http://www.parkinson.org/ to educate yourself further on the seriousness of the disease, and how best you can support the community.

Krill Oil in Support

Krill Oil has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation within the body, an important factor when it comes to promoting mobility and relief from the pain associated with inflammation in the body.

Krill Oil works to promote cognitive function, another important factor as cognitive function can be jeopardized as Parksinson’s slowly takes a firmer grip on the body.

Krill Oil also promotes personal feelings of well-being. Losing control of ones autonomy and mobility can cause significant feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression. Optimal omega-3 intake on a daily basis will provide relief from some of the debilitating symptoms associated with depression. Krill Oil could also provide relief from some of the symptoms of stress and depression for friends and family members of someone diagnosed.

Obviously, when it comes to a disease as debilitating and serious as Parkinson’s, we recommend above all, cooperation and full participation with your health care team. We also encourage readers to learn more about Parkinson’s disease. Make yourself aware, get involved, and make a difference.

It takes people, on all levels, to work towards change, and find a cure.

Citations

http://www.caringnews.com/pub.59/issue.731/

http://www.parkinsonclinicalguidelines.ca/home

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http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/jul2010_Halt-the-Stealth-Threat-of-Parkinsons-Disease_01.htm

http://www.parkinson.org/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/DS00295

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Getting the most out of your Krill Oil supplements

The information on the benefits surrounding Krill Oil, and Krill Oil supplementation is extensive. We’ve also provided a lot of added information on this site as well – because when it comes to supplementation and your daily health care regime, it’s important to be as informed as possible.

Omega-3’s are powerhouses when it comes to promoting heart health, reduced joint inflammation, relief from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, a significant lift to feelings of personal well-being and self-esteem, a boost to your energy levels, encouraging eye health, and to much more in terms of long term health care benefits. Literally thousands of hours have gone into research and clinical studies, all to confirm the fact that optimal omega-3 intake = optimal health. Period.

What makes Krill Oil such a strong contender when it comes down to deciding where to start in omega-3 intake, is that on top of a nearly 100% concentration of pure omega-3’s, krill oil is virtually free of the contaminants and pollutants that plague so much of our marine life and leading brand fish oil supplements.

Krill Oil is also rich in axtaxanthin. Astaxanthin is an incredible antioxidant that works to fight for cellular health, and reduce inflammation in the body (which is the cause for many illnesses and conditions that attack our personal health). Because of the presence of astaxanthin, Krill Oil has literally 54X the antioxidant benefits than other leading fish oil brands.

Krill Oil is also stored in phospholipid form. Phospholipids are natural fats already found in the body, which means our bodies don’t have to work too hard to break down the essential fatty acids in omega-3’s, which in turn means that we are able to digest them faster – and experience the benefits quicker as well.

Okay, so it’s pretty obvious. When it comes to omega-3’s and making sure you’re getting the crème de la crème – Krill Oil is the way to go.

Two questions we hear frequently are:

When should I be taking Krill Oil?

How many Mg of Krill Oil Should I be taking daily?

So, in the spirit of making sure you are as informed as possible, here are the answers.

When to take Krill Oil

It is best to take your Krill Oil in the morning.

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There are several reasons behind this. Krill Oil reduces joint inflammation, provides a boost to your energy, relief from symptoms associated with PMS and encourages feelings of personal and well-being for those who find themselves feeling a little emotionally under the weather – it’s best to take your supplement first thing in the morning so that it gets straight to work at providing relief and promoting optimal health throughout your day.

We are more likely to follow a schedule in the morning. Get up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast (you ARE eating breakfast right?!), take any pharmaceuticals your doctor may be prescribing (including birth control), and while you’re at it, include your nutraceutical supplements into this same regime without having to break your stride.

How many MG of Krill Oil should I take?

The answer to this question really depends on a slew of information that is customized to your personal health. Weight, age, height, gender and any or all health conditions come into play when determining the amount of Krill Oil supplementation that will get you to where you want to be in terms of personal health goals.

First and foremost, we recommend that you speak with your health care practitioner regarding Krill Oil, and any supplementation that you are adding to your daily health care regime. In fact, you should really be speaking with your family doctor about any changes whatsoever in your activity levels, dietary intake and pharmaceutical or nutraceutical products.

On the whole, 500mg of Krill Oil a day will help you maintain health. If you are a healthy person on the whole, you may consider this enough, but it’s not really pushing you into the upper echelon of optimal health. 1,000mg of Krill Oil taken daily will help you not only stay healthy, but reach new heights in terms of long term health and wellness goals.

If you are experiencing significant concern regarding your cholesterol levels or joint health, your doctor may even recommend dosages up to 2,000mg a day.

Viva Labs provides 1250mg of Krill Oil per serving to ensure you are able to achieve optimal personal health on a daily basis! We want you to look and feel your best, and we hope that you do!

Citations

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/daily-dose-omega-3

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/c/1435/20777/omega3/

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Tips for attaining optimal joint health

Optimal omega-3 intake is connected to the promotion of cardiovascular health, joint health, cognitive function, memory capabilities, eye health, boosts in energy levels.

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. Viva Labs Krill Oil happens to be one of the most superior omega-3 supplements available on the market today, because  it doesn’t contain the high levels of contaminants that some leading fish oil brands have (due to over polluted global waters), and has 54X more antioxidant power.

Specifically, I want to address the power of a superior product like Krill Oil, in addressing joint health. Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Reduced inflammation can lower the risk of diseases associated with chronic pain, such as arthritis.

People suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have reported significantly reduced joint pain and stiffness. Some have even claimed that regular use of omega-3’s allowed them to reduce their intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Several clinical studies have proven a significant relief of symptoms associated with joint pain, after patients took higher doses of omega-3’s for extended periods of time. A summary of clinical studies has been published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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Another critical observation was made by a Danish doctor working on the Faeroe Islands and in Greenland. Upon X-raying patients with rheumatoid arthritis, he found an incredible decrease in their inflammation.  The patients’ joints were found perfectly normal, or nearly perfectly normal, even within patients that had suffered with the condition for ten years or more. (Interestingly, rheumatoid arthritis rarely occurs in Japan, probably due to the high intake of fish and thereby omega-3 fatty acids in the Japanese diet.) Because Krill Oil is a superior omega-3 supplement, joint health and mobility, is within your reach.

Krill Oil is also very rich in a powerhouse antioxidant known as astaxanthin. Astaxanthin also works to promote cellular health and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Because of astaxanthins’ anti-inflammatory properties and its strong presence in Krill Oil – Krill Oil actually provides 54X the antioxidant power than leading fish oil brands. A product that’s 54X more effective in reducing inflammation is probably a product you want to consider when trying to achieve optimal joint health.

Extra tips on how to improve your joint health and mobility

Colorful fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients and antioxidants – which will also work to promote reduced inflammation throughout the body.

If you are experiencing significant joint pain, regular hot baths using Espom salts could also be effective in providing pain relief. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, multiple studies have shown increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt. Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants. Try pouring yourself a mildly hot bath, and adding a generous (approximately two cups or more) of Epsom salt to the hot water. For optimal relief from joint pain and inflammation, try to soak for a minimum of twenty minutes, though feel free to stay in the bath longer if you can withstand the heat.

Physiotherapy is another viable option for optimizing joint mobility and health.

At this juncture, it is important to mention that we strongly recommend you speak with your health care practitioner regarding both; joint pain, and any changes in your daily regime you would care to implement. Your family doctor will be able to assess with you, your health care goals, and how nutrition, exercise, medications, supplementation and rest, can play into achieving optimal health.

Please feel free to contact our customer care team should you have any further questions regarding the benefits surrounding Krill Oil, and how it could work to help you achieve your health care goals. We want you to be up and at ‘em! And we want you to feel great!

Citations

http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/825/Omega_3_Fatty_Acids_and_Joint_Health.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/320386-omega-3-and-joint-health/

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/how-fish-oil-helps-your-joints.htm

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Can you take krill oil and fish oil together?

Fish oil is known to be a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Everyone knows omega-3 consumption – either from fresh fish as part of a balanced diet or as supplements – is a strong protector of heart health. They’re great for lowering bad cholesterol and improving brain function. Omega-3s support your body’s regulation of blood pressure to keep your circulatory system healthy. Omega-3s have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels within a relatively short period of beginning daily consumption. Fish oil is easily accessible. Most grocery stores and pharmacies have a wide variety of products to select from.

How do you know if you are purchasing the highest quality supplements? Fish oil pills made from farm-raised fish have a lower concentration of the nutrients necessary for your body. Some products have been recalled over the years due to PCB’s and mercury contamination from impure sources. Fish oil supplements are often a “buyer beware” situation. Merchandise on sale can be tempting but do you really know where the fish was sourced from and what you are getting? A careful read of the label can show you your supplement choice may be subpar. The longer it sits on the shelf or is exposed to light, heat or air – the less effective your supplement becomes. It’s enough to make you wonder, are you swallowing huge pills that make you have fish burps for no good reason? Yuk!

Eat your Vitamins

There’s really no need to be taking krill oil and fish oil together.

Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids but krill oil is the superior source of omega-3s. The National Library of Medicine–National Institute for Health recommends adults consume between 1 and 4 grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids depending on body weight. Viva Labs’s Krill Oil has 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids in every serving.

Not only is krill oil a superb source of omega-3s, it is also rich in astaxanthin – a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body that are believed to contribute to the development of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases as well as overall cell degradation and inflammation. Astaxanthin works this wonder of neutralizing free radicals at the cellular level by contributing electrons to unpaired electrons or by abstracting an unpaired electron.

The astaxanthin found in krill is derived from their primary food source of algae, which is what creates their reddish-color. Because it is rich in astaxanthin, Viva Labs’s Krill Oil has 54X the antioxidant capacity of any fish oil product on the market! The Alternative Medicine Review found that regular, daily doses of astaxanthin as low as 1mg over the course of four weeks led to noticeably increased blood levels of the antioxidant. Our Krill Oil contains 1.6mg of astaxanthin per serving.

The phospholipid structure of krill oil means it is easily absorbed by the body because it is already structured in long chain form. This is unlike fish oil, which your body must then convert into the long chains to be absorbed and utilized by your cells. This easy absorption by the trillions of cells in the human body increases the effectiveness of free radical termination by this powerful antioxidant.

Krill oil also has the advantage over fish oil by reducing the reflux which causes those nasty “fish burps” you’ve heard those who take fish oil supplements frequently complain about. In addition, Viva Labs’s Krill Oil capliques are considerably smaller than the average fish oil pill. Now that’s easy to swallow!

Viva Labs’s Krill Oil is obtained from the crystal clear waters of Antarctica, processed on-site through Viva Labs’s unique proprietary extraction technique. Krill are lower on the food chain than fatty fish sources and are essentially free of dangerous PCBs and mercury. There is no danger of Krill Oil turning rancid while being shipped to the manufacturing plant because it is processed where it is harvested. We ship Krill Oil directly to you from the manufacturer so what you get is a nutrient-rich supplement you don’t have to be worried is contaminated by toxins, heavy metals or other pollutants commonly found in fish sources. Just two mighty little pills a day provides you with a potent source of omega-3s and a powerhouse antioxidant not found in fish oil sources. By taking Krill Oil you are fighting heart disease, high blood pressure, lowering your bad cholesterol levels and promoting your neurological health. Viva Labs is a point of supply you can trust to be free of toxins, PCBs and other pollutants in your journey toward holistic well-being right down to the cellular level. Why take krill oil and fish oil together when Krill Oil is a product created to the highest of standards?

Rest assured, Krill Oil alone will provide you with your optimal omega-3 intake with the bonus power of astaxanthin.

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Krill Oil – Behind The Curtain

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’?

Let’s explore!

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.

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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.

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Krill Oil Goes Above and Beyond

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.

Astaxanthin

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.

Sustainability

 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!

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Which is better: Krill oil or fish oil?

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

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 Oil

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!

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Science Proving that Omega 3’s Work To Help With Depression

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

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.

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Omega 3’s for Your Cardiovascular Health

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.

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