NutriNZ Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill is a pure and undiluted source of red krill oil, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients that support our health. Some benefits of krill oil are well-known while others not as much. For instance, did you know that red krill oil can help you manage cholesterol levels?
Cholesterol and why it is important!
Even though all of us have probably heard of cholesterol, it is largely misunderstood. Most people tend to think cholesterol is bad, but it can be both.
Cholesterol is defined as a waxy, fat-like substance found in every cell of a human body. Your body needs cholesterol to make vitamin D and hormones and it even helps with food digestion.
Cholesterol travels through the bloodstream in small packages or lipoproteins which consist of lipid (fat) on the inside and proteins on their outer side. Based on the types of lipoproteins that carry these packages, cholesterol is categorized to:
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) – usually referred to as “good” cholesterol. HDL carries cholesterol from other parts of the body to the liver which, then works to flush it out.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – considered as “bad” cholesterol because it causes build-up of cholesterol in arteries, forms plaque and leads to atherosclerosis, a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
Krill Oil and Cholesterol
Red krill oil is an effective way to keep cholesterol levels within a healthy range and, thereby, reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
For example, a study from the Nutrition Research investigated the impact of red krill oil supplementation on cholesterol levels and found interesting conclusions.
- It was discovered that participants from the supplement group experienced a reduction in triglyceride levels by 10.2%. It is important to mention that triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood and have been linked to heart attacks and strokes.
- Also, participants from the supplement group didn’t experience an increase in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol unlike their counterparts from the placebo group.
Researchers concluded that red krill oil has as an effective way of reducing cardiovascular risk factor as it protects from harmful effects of triglycerides and prevents an increase of LDL.
Red krill oil has also been proven to be more effective in normalizing lipid levels than fish oil. One study divided participants with mildly high to very high cholesterol into different groups and discovered that low-dose and high-dose red krill oil supplementation was strongly associated with improvements in all lipid parameters compared to placebo and fish oil supplemented groups. Total cholesterol lowered by 13% to 18% in both low-dose and high-dose red krill oil groups, LDL cholesterol lowered 32% to 39% while HDL cholesterol increased 42% to 60%.
Red krill oil is beneficial for cholesterol management thanks to the high Omega-3 fatty acids content. But, it is important not to forget that this particular oil is rich in antioxidants too. Antioxidants are potent compounds that protect our body from free radical damage and many other health issues.
NutriNZ’s Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill
Incorporate this powerful supplement into your daily routine to regulate cholesterol level thanks to the rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Furthermore, our Maxi OMEGA-3 Krill is certified to be free from heavy metals such as mercury, dioxins and pesticides and sustainably harvested from the southern Antarctic Ocean under strict regulation for a traceable and conscious product.
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 Berge K, Musa-Veloso K, Harwood M, et al. Krill oil supplementation lowers serum triglycerides without increasing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults with borderline high or high triglyceride levels. Nutrition Research 2014 Feb, vol. 34 no. 2, 126-133. Doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2013.12.003 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531713002832
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