Krill oil is a relatively new supplement that’s making waves among health experts. It comes from Antarctic krill, a type of shellfish resembling shrimp.
You might be thinking, “Why krill oil??”
Well, it turns out that krill oil has many of the same benefits as fish oil, but with a more powerful punch. For example, instead of taking 2 big fish oil capsules, you can often take one smaller-sized krill oil soft gel for a similar amount of nutrient content. In fact, that’s why our bone and joint formulation is krill oil-based instead of fish oil-based!
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the carefully selected nutrients of the formula that complement krill oil so, if you’re new to the Flex Fam, keep reading to learn more!
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA)
As mentioned above, krill oil is relatively similar to fish oil. The number one similarity is that both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA. These two compounds provide a multitude of protective benefits, primarily in regard to the cardiovascular system.
Foods rich in the EPA-form of omega-3 help the body produce prostaglandins, messenger molecules that carry anti-inflammatory effects. DHA, on the other hand, supports brain health. DHA is thought to account for up to 20% of the brain’s fat content. Together, DHA and EPA (and to a lesser degree ALA) work together to keep our minds sharp and our bodies resilient.
The omega-3 profile of krill oil differs slightly from that of fish oil. Where the latter consists primarily of triglycerides, krill oil contains primarily phospholipids, which are thought to aid in the absorption of EPA and DHA, serving as transportation for them and delivering health benefits to organs and tissues throughout the body.
The omega-3s in krill oil are primarily bonded to phospholipids, which blend more smoothly into stomach acid than the triglyceride-bonded omega-3s found in fish oil. This results in easier absorption and a more pleasant aftertaste.
Have you ever heard the word “bioavailability” mentioned when it comes to supplements? It might sound like a technical science-y term, but it just refers to the body’s ability to actually access, absorb, and utilize the nutrients within a supplement as opposed to excreting them down the porcelain express. Well, phospholipids are key in making the nutrients within krill oil (and the Artic Flex formulation) bioavailable!
Remember those giant fish oil pills? They’re typically bigger and you need to take more than one because more fish oil is needed to be able to access the recommended serving size of nutrients contained within the capsule. Thanks to krill oil and its phospholipids, accessing nutrients is much easier.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid synthesized by certain species of bacteria, algae, and yeast. Because krill feed largely on algae, krill oil often contains significant amounts of astaxanthin. Research supports astaxanthin’s role in heart health. Its high antioxidant benefits may help to support immune system function.
In addition, astaxanthin may support a healthier cholesterol profile, reducing triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol in people with relatively high blood lipid count.
Another interesting property of astaxanthin is its role in repairing skin damage. In vitro studies have shown that astaxanthin can repair skin damage caused by free radicals and repair UV-induced damage to DNA. Because of the many complex interactions astaxanthin has with other cellular components, it may convey more benefits that research has yet to uncover.
The next three nutrients aren’t found naturally in krill oil and were carefully selected to be included in our doctor-formulated bone and joint supplement.
4. Vitamin D3
Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” D3 can be an elusive one. It’s also a valuable one, boosting the calcium absorption necessary for healthy bones. Weather, climate, season, and individual genetics all influence the amount of vitamin D our bodies can produce from being outdoors. During the winter months, for example, the sun is almost never at the proper angle to stimulate vitamin D production.
People with more melanin in their skin also require more sun exposure to produce vitamin D. As a result, many people lack adequate vitamin D. Fortunately, we can make up that deficit through diet. Dietary sources of D3 include salmon, sardines, and fortified dairy products, too!
Zinc is a vital mineral for immune function, especially for older adults. Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for the proper functioning of our bodies. From collagen to bone growth to immunity to cellular growth, zinc plays multiple roles in the body.
When we say “essential,” we aren’t exaggerating: you can find zinc in every tissue type that exists in our bodies.
- It helps in the synthesis of DNA and proteins
- It’s a significant player in immune system functioning (e.g., wound healing)
- It ensures smooth cognitive processing
- It contributes to healthy skin and connective tissues and more
Strontium is an interesting mineral that has shown to have potential in the realm of bone health.
Researchers have found that strontium mimics the popular mineral calcium due to its similar chemical and physical characteristics, and in doing so helps the body form bone while slowing the process of bone deterioration.
In fact, in humans, 99.1% of absorbed strontium is found in our bones and teeth! (The next place you’ll find it is in our blood).
Strontium is associated with strengthening bones by increasing bone mineral density. Because calcium and strontium share many physical properties, the body can utilize strontium minerals in the same way it uses calcium (4). Strontium can’t act as a substitute for calcium in its other roles, but it does attach to the bones! When consumed, strontium can be deposited in our bones, adding to the bone mineral density.
While the exact mechanisms for strontium deposition in the bones are not as understood as calcium, it’s thought that strontium doesn’t reabsorb into the bloodstream as readily, making it a good candidate for bone health supplementation.
Artic Flex Krill Oil is specially formulated for optimum bone and joint health. In conjunction with a balanced diet, exercise, and healthy sleep, krill oil can help you enjoy a better quality of life. As always, check with your physician before introducing a new supplement to your diet to be sure it’s right for you!