How Krill Oil Helps to Promote Healthy Skin


There is still less known about krill oil when compared to fish oil. Because of this, a lot of the new findings are still their infancy as far as the science goes. There's certainly lots of promise and potential, but there is also a lot more testing to do. The good news is that scientists wouldn't waste their time and resources on krill oil if they weren't excited and hopeful. They know there are many potential and wonderful health benefits from this tiny crustacean.

EPA and DHA

Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) are both types of important omega-3 fats. Krill contains both EPA and DHA.

Acne and Psoriasis

Some new research now suggests that the omega-3 fats in krill can help to address acne and reduce skin inflammation. Any natural product that can help to relive or reduce the visible signs of acne is a godsend. Those who suffer with this troublesome skin condition can start to get excited. Tests so far have shown significant improvements after just 4-8 weeks of daily application.

Psoriasis is another troublesome skin condition, and like acne it's far too common. The symptoms of psoriasis are redness and irritation. This condition can benefit from EPA, although it does need to be at quite high doses. One study into this involved 28 people. Scientists monitored the volunteers for a period of eight weeks.  They found that 1.8 grams of EPA per day showed marked improvements with itching, redness and scaling.

The Questionnaire

At the end of a 3-month krill study, which involved 120 participants, researchers gave each volunteer a questionnaire to fill out. The questions asked about the following:

Did krill have any additional effects on your physical appearance in the following areas?

  • Hair
  • Skin
  • Nails
  • Wrinkles
  • Need for facial creams

Most people agreed on the hydrating effect of krill. None of those in the trial found a need for moisturizing face creams after just one month of taking the supplements. Further to the improvement in skin hydration, there were also other reported improvements. These included skin tone, hair tone and less visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Cancer

There is another (this time unpublished) study. In this one, researchers found that two grams of krill oil daily reduced the incidence of skin cancer by as much as 50 percent. In this test, the subjects were exposed to chronic (lasting) UV radiation. The findings were even more impressive with a topical application as well as oral. The only problem with this research is that the 96 study subjects were lab mice. A lot of these tests and trials for krill use lab animals, and that's why so many claims are still inconclusive. Scientists suggest humans should expect similar benefits, though more human testing is needed.

Further Reading of Interest (Scientific)

Evaluation of the effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the clinical course of hyperlipidemia.

Bunea R, El Farrah K, Deutsch L.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15656713

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