Krill oil is still relatively unknown to the general public, yet its health benefits for athletes are numerous. True protector of the heart and the body, its contribution fully improves both physical and mental performance.
- What is krill?
- The benefits of krill oil for sports
- What about traditional fish oil?
- How to choose the right krill oil?
Krill, what is it?
Krill is a small crustacean that looks like a shrimp but has a translucent appearance. It is present in many bodies of water around the world, especially in the cold waters of Antarctica and the Atlantic Ocean. Krill live in “swarms” which sometimes number between 10,000 and 30,000 individuals per cubic meter. Considered one of the bases of the food chain, it is a key species in the marine ecosystem: whales consume 34 to 43 million tonnes of it each year. This is why, basically, krill is a term used by Norwegian whalers to designate a set of small organisms that serve as food for marine mammals.
There are many species of krill around the world, over 80 different in total. The most widespread being the species Euphausia superba (Antarctica) and Meganyctiphanes norvegica (Atlantic). Each species has different characteristics and benefits.
The benefits of krill oil for sports
The benefits of fatty acids on cardiovascular health are now widely recognized. Krill oil is rich in these and contains an average of 159mg of omega-3s. Therefore, krill oil supplementation has beneficial effects for the heart. The Krill:
- Reduces the risk of heart attack
- Makes the heart beat more regularly
- Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation
- Regulates fats in the blood
For the athlete, krill oil is positioned as a strong ally in achieving performance. It protects the heart and helps fight cardiovascular problems, especially during endurance sports or intense activity (cycling, running, boxing).
The particularity of krill oil is that it contains several active ingredients, some with powerful antioxidant effects: astaxanthin, choline, phospholipids. These compounds contribute to the body's defense by opposing cell damage caused by free radicals.
- Astaxanthin is a natural nutrient that belongs to the carotenoid family, considered a powerful antioxidant. Its properties are very beneficial to fight against oxidative stress, especially in the eyes.
- Choline is an essential nutrient that the body needs to make neurotransmitters to ensure communication between neurons.
- Phospholipids ensure better bioavailability, that is to say, better absorption by the body. They deliver omega-3s and choline to the parts of the body that need them most, such as the brain, heart, eyes, and liver.
In case of injury, krill oil relieves inflammation and stimulates physical and muscular recovery. In addition, it therefore protects the integrity of physical abilities and helps you in strength and combat sports.
What about traditional fish oil?
Both oils are an important source of omega-3s and provide numerous health benefits. However, according to the manufacturers and the quality of the product, krill oil would have better bioavailability. In addition, the consumer of krill can consider taking omega-3 supplements in order to improve the beneficial effects: the contribution of krill oil supplemented with fish oil makes it possible to obtain a better rate of Omega 3. In addition, taking the two oils in synergy allows more effects.
How to choose the right krill oil?
Choosing your krill oil is a very important step. Indeed, in order to obtain the best possible results and to preserve the effects of the compounds, it is essential to choose a quality oil. At Nutrimuscle, as consumers of our products, we favor transparency and quality for our producers and our supplements. Our Superba™ Boost krill oil is sustainably sourced and traceable from Aker BioMarine, the only supplier to be MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and Friends of the Sea certified. » The fishing practices used guarantee a minimum content of pollutants. All of its health active ingredients (phospholipids, omega-3, astaxanthin, choline) are thus preserved.