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(OrganicJar) There has been an overwhelming amount of research published over the last few years about a supplement called Krill Oil. I had never even heard of it until about 6 months ago when I was Googling ways I could naturally lower my cholesterol and improve a bit of mental fog I was experiencing. After spending what seemed like too many nights reading scientific journals about it on PubMed I decided to just give it a try. It’s been 4 months now and I’m extremely surprised at how effective it’s been (more about that at the end of the article). But first, what are Krill?
Krill are little crustaceans that look like shrimp and provide food for everything from salmon to blue whales and are one of the most nutritious creatures in the sea. Not only are they loaded with a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin, but they’re a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which for years research has shown to help lower an individual’s risk for heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, depression and overall inflammation. The oil is naturally found in a species of krill called the Euphausia Superba and is extracted and sold as a nutritional supplement.
There has been a lot of research showing krill oil to be superior to fish oil in head-to-head testing. It has found to be healthier, safer, more potent and especially more absorbable.
Krill Oil vs Fish Oil
The reason krill oil is more effective than other marine oils is the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and extremely potent antioxidants. It’s the unique combination of these essential ingredients that provide the greatest health benefits.
Krill oil, like fish oil, contains both of the omega-3 fats eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), but hooked together in a different form. In fish oil these omega-3 fatty acids are found in the triglyceride form whereas in krill oil they are hooked up in a double chain phospholipid structure (The fats in our own cell walls are in this phospholipid form). Attached to the EPA leg of the phospholipid is a molecule of astaxanthin, an extremely potent antioxidant. The phospholipid structure of the EPA and DHA in krill oil makes them much more absorbable and allows for a much easier entrance into the mitochondria and the cellular nucleus – especially a better absorption and delivery of DHA to the brain. In addition to EPA and DHA krill oil contains a complex phospholipid profile including phosphatidylcholine, a potent source of reductive-stress-reducing choline. Research indicates that phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids (found in krill oil) have greater bioavailability for cell growth and functioning, compared with omega-3 triglycerides (found in fish oil).
Here are 10 Reasons to take Krill Oil:
Krill oil contains vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant. When compared to fish oil in terms of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values it was found to be 48 times more potent than fish oil. Antioxidants are important as they protect our cells from damage from free radicals – unstable substances that contribute to certain chronic diseases. Unlike many other antioxidants, krill’s astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier where it can protect the eye, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage.
Protects Your Heart
Results from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported that krill oil can significantly reduce heart-damaging inflammation. The study was conducted by measuring the presence of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels in the blood. One way to measure the risk of heart damage is to examine the amount of the body’s CRP levels. The group that had been taking 300 mg of krill oil daily reduced their CRP levels by 19.3% after seven days and 29.7% after 14 days.
Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis Pain
Low levels of omega 3 in the body lead to inflammation, which further leads to other diseases. Krill oil has several anti-inflammatory properties. That means that a regular dose of krill oil can reduce general joint pains, back pain, swelling and inflammatory arthritis. There have also been a number of studies conducted that found that krill oil was effective in reliving some of the symptoms and effects of osteoporosis.
The results of a study published in the American Journal of Nutrition highlighted the effects of krill oil on chronic inflammation and arthritic symptoms. The study was conducted by Western University in collaboration with McMaster University. Participants included 90 patients who were diagnosed with inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and / or osteoarthritis. Findings revealed that krill oil reduced pain by 28.9%, stiffness by 20.3% and functional impairment by 22.8%. Moreover, results indicated that krill oil ”significantly inhibits inflammation and reduces arthritic symptoms within a short treatment period of 7 and 14 days.”
Improves Brain Function and Development
READ THE REST AT: www.OrganicJar.com and learn more about my experience with Krill Oil and the brand I took. Cheers! Jason(OrganicJar) There has been an overwhelming amount of research published over the last... more
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Consumer Beware: the next generation of biotech crops focus directly on you. Unlike most of GM crops currently on the market, which are genetically altered to be herbicide and pesticide resistant, the new generation of GM crops are designed to express alleged nutritional benefits. Focusing on soybean oil -- the fastest way to reach the broadest number of consumers because of its ubiquitous presence in many foods -- biotech companies are mutating seeds used to produce oil designed to express various types of "nutritional" benefits.
Since we do not yet know whether genetically modified crops and food products made from them are safe, and in fact studies have suggested otherwise, it is hard to swallow and digest (no pun intended) the news that GM oils are designed to express nutritional benefits. How nutritious can food be if it has, as is suggested by studies, adverse health impacts? It's like smoking cigarettes which have been designed to address halitosis.
But that is not stopping biotech companies from R&D. And so the oil wars have officially begun.
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A team of French scientists have found the dose of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that is “just right” for preventing cardiovascular disease. In a research report appearing in the September 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal, the scientists show that a dose of...A team of French scientists have found the dose of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) that is... more
According to a national survey by Leger Marketing released today, more than three quarters (77 per cent) of Boomers say they actively read the nutrition facts panel today as compared to five years ago. When asked to choose what nutrition information is most important to them, Boomers mention fat most often (66 per cent) followed by sodium (54 per cent), calories (47 per cent) and cholesterol (32 per cent)...According to a national survey by Leger Marketing released today, more than three... more
The foods on supermarket shelves have more health information on their labels than ever before--but that has only made it more confusing to figure out what to buy. Read on to learn which nutritional claims you can trust and which are pure hype.
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Environmentalists, E. coli sufferers, the Skinny Bitches — the list of beef haters grows longer every day. But let's face it: For a lot of people, biting into a thick, juicy steak ranks up there with make-up sex and cocktails on the company's dime as one of those priceless MasterCard moments. So what's a carnivore with a conscience to do?
Instead of focusing on what you're eating, how about taking a look at what your prime rib had for lunch last week? Research is showing that beef from grass-fed cattle is leaner, healthier, and less costly to the planet — and may even be safer to eat than the heifers you're chewing on now.
Most U.S. raised bovines feast on a grain mix made up mainly of cheap corn. Just like humans on a high-carb diet, grain-fed cows fatten up fast. This gives ranchers a quick, inexpensive turnaround from the feedlot to your supermarket's meat department. But a number of retro ranchers are feeding their herds the way they all did 50 or so years ago: letting them roam the fields to graze at will. They're switching to grass for a variety of reasons, including a desire to improve their animals' quality of life.
It just so happens that what makes herds happy also makes their meat healthier. Beef from grass-fed steer (the industry lingo is "grass-fed beef") packs up to a third less fat per serving. The fat it does have boasts more benefits: A three-ounce serving contains 35 milligrams of the heart- and brain-protecting omega-3s EPA and DHA, compared with only 18 milligrams for the same serving of meat from grain-fed stock.
Steers that munch on pasture also have twice the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) per serving (26 milligrams, compared with 13 milligrams in grain-fed). According to Kate Clancy, Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, early research in rats has linked higher CLA levels with easier weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease as well as certain types of cancer.Environmentalists, E. coli sufferers, the Skinny Bitches — the list of beef... more
Yes, the hemp milk is made from the hulled seeds of cannabis sativa.
Rather, it's the seeds' nutritional cocktail -- including a complete protein, vitamins and Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids -- that helped propel the Northwest Portland company's sales to a projected $6 million this year -- double that of 2007.
Behind this growth is the near-religious enthusiasm -- and innovative marketing tactics -- of the couple behind the company: Christina Volgyesi, 40, and her husband, Les Szabo, 45, who've helped Living Harvest snag a 29.4 percent share of the hemp-as-food market.
"This has been incredible," Volgyesi said recently at the company's Pearl District headquarters.
Their biggest marketing hurdle, Volgyesi said, was the widespread perception that hemp is attractive only to those drawn to its countercultural symbolism. Overcoming that -- and a limited marketing budget -- forced her to draw deeply on skills she honed while promoting Coke, Pampers and other products in Eastern Europe for the global advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi.
So instead of advertising directly to consumers, she zeroed in on retailers and distributors, lugging cartons of hemp milk to as many trade shows, conferences, coffeehouses and other venues as she could muster. Her sales pitch was simple: Just taste it.
"When people try it, it's a slam-dunk," she said.
The next year was a whirlwind for Living Harvest: By the end of 2007, its hemp milk was in 1,500 stores across the country, The company capitalized on the word of mouth exposure and started promoting its protein powder on its hemp milk labels. Protein powder sales doubled in 2007, and Living Harvest's overall revenue tripled to $3 million.
All without any direct-to-consumer advertising.
"This is very familiar territory for me," said Fastre, who helped rice milk crack the U.S. market for Imagine Foods. "It will be fun for me to pioneer something again."
But the company will soon have to contend with a big-name rival: In May, Hain announced its own hemp milk plans -- "Hemp Dream." The Melville, N.Y.-based company, with fiscal 2007 sales of $900.4 million, already owns some of the best-known brands in natural food, including Arrowhead Mills, Garden of Eatin' and Yves, which makes meat alternatives.
Fastre's not worried.
It legitimizes the category," he said of Hain's plan. "Now hemp is big enough so the big guys will play."
Fastre's counting on continuing word of mouth -- plus exposure in natural food stores -- to keep driving hemp milk's expansion into mainstream groceries.
That's the strategy that got Living Harvest into Fred Meyer and the five Portland-area Lamb's Markets stores. Mark Wood, grocery buyer for Lamb's, said he added the line at customers' request.
"I was a little apprehensive at first -- every product has to hold its own on the shelf or it's discontinued," he said. "But it's doing well."
Hemp milk costs more than its soy and rice counterparts. At Fred Meyer, for example, Living Harvest Hempmilk is $3.99 a quart versus $2.29 to $2.49 for soy milk.
Fastre says he doesn't think consumers will balk. Sales of less-expensive soy milk have fallen, he noted: "That tells me that people are looking at quality, not price."
There's also hemp milk's nutritional qualities: It has three main advantages over soy and cow's milk, said Dr. Tori Hudson, a Portland naturopath and author of the Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: It contains easily digestible proteins and omega fatty acids and is low in common allergens.
Neither soy nor cow's milk contains omega fatty acids, which, among other benefits, reduce the risks of heart disease, strokes and blood clots.
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My family just ordered a whole box of fish oil supplements, because we don’t get anywhere near the recommended 1,100 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids a day. Many of you probably already have heard Omega 3 bursting through the headlines ... but what is it and how does it help your body and are you getting enough? There are so many benefits to Omega 3 but 99% of us aren’t getting enough.My family just ordered a whole box of fish oil supplements, because we don’t get... more
"Evidence is mounting that dietary changes may help children control their Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at least as well as Ritalin does. Evidence also shows that some dietary changes - like increased Omega-3 consumption - can also enhance learning skills in children who do not have ADHD."
It fascinates me that it has taken the scientific community decades to find natural solutions to a problem that is clearly connected to environmental (nurture) causes because ADD and ADHD are not statistically geographically or genetically similar.
Yet, science produced synthetic pills to override the body's signals within a short time of ADD and ADHD being identified.
"Evidence is mounting that dietary changes may help children control their... more