Krill (Euphasia superba) are small crustaceans forming a vital component of Antartic ecosystem. Antartic krill lives on part of the Earth with minimal pollution and destruction, in the most pure and cold pristine Antarctic Ocean. It is estimated that biomass of Antartic krill is about twice the biomass of human population. Krill oil harvesting will not affect or destruct the ecology and environment of Antarctica. Harvesting companies are required to follow strict regulation by The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to annual catch quota. In year 2010-2011, the allowable catch quota of krill is only about 2.1 percent of its total biomass.
Antartic krill is rich in protein, phosphorus, astaxanthin and other substances. Not only it is a huge protein resource, it has broader prospects in the fields of food and medicine resources, as well as industry resources and new biotechnology field. Enzymes in Krill are particularly active, enabling it to extract biological drugs. Antartic krill has therapeutic effect l on cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. In addition, some special chemicals are found in krill which were considered to have huge commercial development value.
Antarctic krill oil uses Antarctic Krill as the raw material, and produced through a series of high technology processes :drying, extraction, filtration, separation, purification, and concentration. Research data have shown that Antarctic krill oil helps in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, aging, and effectively reduce the symptoms of arthritis and inflammation, premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea. It fills the gaps in health-related product market, and also creates a new era of health food industry. Krill oil is the latest resources of omega-3 fatty acid other than fish oil. It is also a source of phospholipids. Krill also contains unique antioxidant called astaxanthin. This is one of the reasons why the krill oil could provide you with such astounding health benefits.
PHOSPHOLIPIDWhat is so special about the omega-3 in krill oil?
This is due to its unique structure where omega-3 fatty acids are bound to phospholipid (Structure A). By far, for all the omega-3 sources known, omega-3 molecules are attached to triglyceride (Structure B) as shown below.
Unlike fish oil, krill oil can deliver the omega-3 fatty acids directly to your cells because of its phospholipids. As the cell membrane is made of the same structure of phospholipid, phospholipid molecules work as the best carriers and provide the most benefit to your body.
Study has revealed that phospholipids act as a more useful vehicle for Omega3 PUFAs when it comes to absorption and digestion of fatty acids carried by them. This means that krill oil has higher bioavailability for omega-3 as compared to fish oil.
OMEGA-3 (DHA and EPA)The health benefit of omega-3 has been well-known. Omega-3 is a good oil containing EPA and DHA. Today, most of us are already familiar to EPA and DHA. With continual research around the world, the benefits of fish oil have been demonstrated, especially on cardiovascular health. In this 21st century, human has discovered a new age resources of omega-3 which is even better than fish oil, i.e. Krill Oil!
ASTAXANTHINKrill contains a unique red colour antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin, is a natural red pigment, presents as orangey-red colour. It is a fat-soluble molecules and belongs to carotenoid. Astaxanthin can also be found in shrimp, crab, salmon, algae and other marine organisms in nature.
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Chemical structure of astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant. It is……
550 times more powerful than Vitamin E
150 times more powerful than Co-Q10
65 times more powerful than Vitamin A
54 times more powerful than beta carotene
5 times more powerful than lutein
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