Krill oil, a natural complex of phospholipids, omega-3 and choline, is becoming an increasingly sought-after option for joint health. Improving joint health starts at the cellular level and boosting our cells with nutrients from krill oil helps the body deal with aging, oxidative stress, inflammation, and more. And krill oil has proven benefits to help reduce symptoms of joint pain and inflammation among arthritis sufferers. A new study demonstrates that krill oil improves knee pain, stiffness, and physical function in adults between 40 to 65 years old.
There is no question that joint stiffness and pain from osteoarthritis (OA) can be a major burden, but it shouldn’t keep you from staying active. In fact, exercise combined with good nutrition is what we need to help contribute to a healthy life, including joint health, and krill oil is becoming an increasingly sought-after solution.
Osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition
Osteoarthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States today, is the most common form of arthritis, often causing debilitating joint pain on sufferers.
Osteoarthritis and joint pain occur when the cartilage that cushions our bones wears down. Cartilage is what provides a smooth, gliding surface at the ends of our bones, acting as the cushion that separates them. When cartilage breaks down, we experience pain, inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and related mobility problems.
Luckily there is no shortage of omega-3 supplements on the store shelves these days, but a closer look at the labels will reveal that the source of these omega-3 fatty acids varies from bottle to bottle.
The benefits of krill oil for joint pain
Krill oil, a natural complex of phospholipids, omega-3 and choline, is becoming an increasingly popular option for joint health. The competitive advantage with krill oil is its superior uptake and utilization of phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids and choline, resulting in an effective product with many health benefits.
The choline found in krill oil is beneficial for muscle function and health. Healthy muscles are vital for supporting and protecting our joints. Improving joint health starts at the cellular level and boosting our cells with nutrients from krill oil helps the body deal with aging, oxidative stress, inflammation, and more.
“If we attack the problem at a cellular starting point, we must look to nutrients that are known to reduce inflammation. One of the most well-known nutritional supplements, in terms of maintaining healthy and active lifestyles, is krill oil,” says Charlie Ross, Senior Vice President, Human Health & Nutrition, Aker BioMarine. “We have years’ worth of krill oil research when it comes to joint health. Additionally, we are excited to share the positive effects of krill oil and osteoarthritis of the knee from a new breakthrough study representing the largest, longest, and highest dose study to date investigating the effects of krill oil on osteoarthritis of the knee.”
Breakthrough study demonstrates positive effects of krill oil to improve osteoarthritis of the knee
The 235 healthy men and women who participated in the study were between 40 to 65 years of age who habitually consumed low amounts of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in their diets and no fish oil supplements and had all received a clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee. The study ran for six months between 2018 and 2019, and participants were randomly divided into two groups: one placebo- group and one test group receiving four grams of krill oil per day providing 880 mg of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and 450 mcg of astaxanthin. Participants were assessed at baseline, three and six months.
The study showed that knee pain was improved in the krill oil group versus the placebo group over the six-month period. Additionally, knee stiffness and physical function had greater improvements in the krill oil group compared to placebo. The knee outcomes were assessed using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) numeric scale, the gold standard method for evaluating hip and knee osteoarthritis.
Furthermore, the level of Omega-3 (Index level) increased in people in the krill oil group from 6.0% at baseline to 8.9% at three months and 9.0% at six months.
“All of this research, including the positive findings in this new study, is an amazing way forward for the 500 million people worldwide who live with arthritis and joint pain. It’s also exciting for those in the fitness space who are on the lookout for products to relieve pain as well as those in the nutraceuticals market looking for what’s new and noteworthy in the way of innovation,” adds Ross.
Superba Krill oil is a next generation phospholipid-complex, with omega-3s and choline straight from the pristine waters of Antarctica. The natural combination of nutrients offers a range of health benefits to match the needs of health-conscious consumers across the globe.
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