After several decades of striving to avoid fat in general, Americans have finally gotten the memo: some fat is good for us! Researchers consider omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources especially beneficial. Many folks would like to know: is krill oil better than fish oil?
Taking Krill Oil for Better Health:
Q. I started taking krill oil for high cholesterol on my doctor’s advice. After a few months taking the krill oil, my cholesterol came down from 270 to 165.
Normalizing Blood Pressure:
But there’s more. After a year taking it, my high blood pressure is now relatively normal (130/75) and I no longer need lisinopril. If I take lisinopril, my BP gets low and I get lightheaded.
Regularizing Heart Rhythm:
Here’s another unexpected benefit: For years I had an irregular heartbeat. It would skip a beat and sometimes that would wake me up out of my sleep. It was scary. After a year on this supplement, that has cured itself as well.
Krill oil is not just heart-healthy, it’s a heart miracle as far as I am concerned. I am so thrilled I am now wondering what other miracle supplements I should take.
A. There is research to support the use of krill oil in lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol (BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, Oct. 14, 2015; Lipids in Health and Disease, Dec. 15, 2015).
Like cold-water fish, these tiny crustaceans are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats make blood vessels more flexible, which could help lower blood pressure.
Is It a Miracle?
Until there is more research, though, we’d hold off on calling krill oil a miracle. Similar benefits might be achieved through omega-3 fatty acids from fish.
You might be interested in other nondrug approaches for cholesterol control and optimal blood pressure.