Krill Oil and the Cholesterol Issue

High cholesterol, or more specifically high LDL (bad) cholesterol, is something that concerns a lot of adults. It concerns us because too many are suffering with high LDL. Often, though not always, it is diet and lifestyle that causes raised cholesterol problems. Fish oil (FO) supplementation has been used for a long time as a way to help lower cholesterol. It now seems that krill oil (KO) is potentially even more effective than FO, though there needs to be more research.

The short, yet informative video below, cardiologist Michael Rocco, MD, explains what cholesterol is in non-technical terms:

Krill Oil Supplementation and Cholesterol

So the downside to all this is that krill oil has not yet been studied extensively. However, there are encouraging signs that KO could help lower bad LDL cholesterol. Anything that can help to reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular problems has to be a good thing, especially when it's a natural product. Both KO and FO contain two very important omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to human health. These are:

Scientists now understand how EPA and DHA help to reduce triglycerides (a form of dietary fat) and inflammation. You don't want high levels of triglycerides as they can harm the health of blood vessels. Krill oil contains a lipid called a phospholipid which your body can absorb easier than fish oil.

Krill oil has shown to lower the total cholesterol in some people. It should be viewed as one of the cholesterol-lowering tools but not as the main treatment for overly high cholesterol. Even though you can buy krill supplements over-the-counter, it's still advisable to consult your doctor if you want to take them as a way to lower bad LDL cholesterol.

Further Reading of Interest

The interesting scientific study below looks at the triglyceride-lowering benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

Overview of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Therapies

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