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Fish Oil or Krill Oil? If Your Joints are Achy and Sore, the Answer is Easy


The more we learn about inflammation, the more alarming the story gets.

Whether it’s everyday joint aches and pains making your life miserable, or systemic flare-ups paving their way to heart problems, cognitive decline or blood sugar issues, inflammation is increasingly being recognized as health enemy #1.

The good news is that you no longer have to sit idly by and just accept the havoc that inflammation can play on your health.

Scientists now agree that there are several potent weapons in Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet that can help combat everyday inflammation. Among them, omega-3 fatty acids have been scientifically shown to be perhaps the most powerful inflammation-fighter.

And while experts have long debated which is the best source of omega-3s — fish oil or krill oil — now, a clear answer is finally emerging: If you want the most help to fight chronic inflammation in your joints and in every organ of your body — especially your heart and brain — krill oil is your best bet.

However, it’s critical that you take the right kind of krill oil. More on that in a moment, but first, let me explain why krill oil is…

The Omega-3 with a Double Advantage in the Inflammation Wars

Please keep reading, because a breakthrough 2018 Norwegian study comparing the two primary sources of omega-3s clearly indicates why krill oil is far superior when it comes to combatting inflammation, and why it should be a foundational part of your daily health regimen.[1]

In this study, researchers measured the effects of krill oil and fish oil on 40 genes associated with inflammation, as well as on lipid and glucose metabolism. Volunteers were given either krill oil or fish oil for eight weeks.

What scientists found was simply amazing. Krill oil “switched off” nearly 33% of these inflammation genes — including genes associated with the NF-κB inflammation pathway and TNF-α, a cytokine that triggers systemic inflammation.

Fish oil deactivated only 10% of the genes, meaning that krill oil was over three times more effective!

But that was only one of the major advantages of krill oil. The researchers also noted a significant 5.4% reduction of fasting blood sugar among the krill oil group — a benefit not enjoyed by the fish oil group.[2]

This is important because not only does high blood glucose put you at risk for health-robbing blood sugar problems, it’s linked to systemic inflammation that affects your heart, brain, arteries and entire body.

Both findings help explain krill oil’s superior anti-inflammatory effects shown previously in…

The Two Most Impressive Krill Oil Clinical Studies I’ve Ever Seen

In an earlier Canadian study, participants with chronic joint inflammation were given a relatively low 300 mg daily dose of krill oil, while a second group of volunteers received a placebo.[3] After just seven days, the krill oil group had:

  • Reduced pain scores by 29%
  • Reduced stiffness scores by 20%
  • Reduced function impairment scores by 23%

That’s the kind of fast-acting relief you need if you suffer from everyday joint aches and pains.

But perhaps even more important was the effect krill oil had on C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood marker measuring systemic inflammation in the body.

In just 7 days, krill oil reduced CRP by 19%. And the results continued to get better, reducing CRP by 30% at the 14-day mark.

In another landmark clinical trial, Italian researchers measured the anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering effects of 1,000 mg per day of krill oil against a double dose (2,000 mg per day) of purified omega-3 ethyl esters, the synthetic version of fish oil.[4]

Researchers found that even at half the dose of the fish oil, the krill oil performed better when it came to lowering CRP levels and balancing HDL cholesterol!

That’s getting the job done — and it raises the question:

Why Is Krill Oil So Much Better Than Fish Oil at Combating Inflammation?

The simple answer is in the incredibly efficient way our bodies absorb krill oil’s unique inflammation-fighting omega-3s.

The key is that krill oil’s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) — the most important omega-3s for fighting inflammation as well as for heart and brain health — are caged in unique phospholipid compounds that are both fat-soluble and water-soluble, making them capable of quickly penetrating cellular walls to deliver these nutrients to your body efficiently and fast!

Fish oil’s omega-3s, on the other hand, are bound to triglycerides that are difficult for your body to digest. As a result, much of fish oil’s omega-3 payload will pass through your system unabsorbed.

That’s why multiple studies show that absorption rates of omega-3s are significantly higher with krill oil than with fish oil.[5,6]

But that’s just one factor. Now, science has discovered a surprising new advantage of krill oil, allowing it to deliver:

Up to 40 Times More Inflammation-Fighting Phospholipids!

In addition to being the perfect water soluble and fat soluble carrier for krill oil, phospholipids also serve a major role in cellular health and inflammation control. Studies show that a healthy dose of phospholipids can:

  • Combat the effects of aging[7]
  • Support artery health and protect against oxidation[8]
  • Promote sharper cognitive function[9]
  • Support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels[10]

And an eye-opening 2017 report confirms what previous studies have suggested: Marine-sourced phospholipids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.[11-14]

Now here is the clincher in favor of krill oil: Phospholipids make up a full 40% of krill oil. Fish oil consists of a meager 1% to 1.5%. That means krill oil delivers the power of up to 40 times more inflammation-fighting phospholipids!

Krill Oil’s Powerful Secret Weapon

Krill oil has yet another anti-inflammatory advantage — its natural levels of astaxanthin, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants on earth and an extraordinary natural anti-inflammatory agent in its own right.

Astaxanthin has been shown to reduce oxidative stress and lower the inflammation marker, C-reactive protein.[15] It also has the power to inhibit the expression of inflammatory genes.[16]

Astaxanthin serves yet another valuable service for krill oil. As an antioxidant, it protects the omega-3s and phospholipids from oxidizing, keeping the krill oil at full potency longer.

Very few fish oil supplements on the market also include astaxanthin. As a result, unlike krill oil, they can oxidize fast and even go rancid sitting on the shelf — which brings on the burps and that horrible fishy taste, which isn’t even a factor with krill oil.

All of this research points to krill oil as the superior choice to combat the inflammation that can cause everyday joint aches and pains, as well as damaging your heart, brain and nearly every aspect of your health.

Now if you’re ready to put krill oil to the test, the next step is a critical one.

My 3 “Essential Rules” for Choosing the Right Krill Oil Supplement

When it comes to krill oil supplements, it’s absolutely essential to know what to look for, because there are too many low-quality, ineffective omega-3 products on the market today.

So if you aren’t careful, you’ll end up wasting your money and missing out on the extraordinarily powerful health benefits krill oil can provide.

Here’s what you should look for when shopping for a krill oil supplement in three easy steps:

  1. Be sure to get enough krill oil in every daily serving. I recommend at least 1,000 mg of krill oil daily for optimal overall health support. That’s more than triple the serving size used in the Canadian study I mentioned earlier, and the exact same dosage used in the Italian study I cited. This is also the dosage recommended by leading-edge experts for getting the most out of krill oil’s anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and cognitive health benefits. 1,000 mg of krill oil provides roughly 200 mg of highly bioavailable EPA and DHA in a form your body can easily absorb.
  1. Shop for quality. Premium quality krill oil will have significantly higher levels of intact phospholipids, omega-3s and natural astaxanthin than the cheaper versions — and that will produce significantly better results for you.What’s more, cheap krill oils produced with outdated extraction methods will have up to six times higher levels of lipid oxidation even before you open the bottle. This means lower potency and less effectiveness. So look for krill oil with at least 400 mg of marine phospholipids.
  1. Krill oil with added astaxanthin. This is a very important thing to look for that most krill oil supplements completely overlook. It adds a huge boost to the anti-inflammatory power of krill’s own natural astaxanthin, and it also further prevents the krill oil from oxidizing in the capsule. It’s a potency optimizer, which is crucial to getting all the benefits krill oil has to offer. So make sure it contains at least 1,000 mcg of natural astaxanthin.

The Superior Krill Oil Solution I Recommend to My Readers

I always encourage my readers to be very discerning and to do their own research. But as I was doing my research, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find a krill oil supplement that fit all three of the criteria I just mentioned at an affordable price. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

You see, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I also run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been making premium-quality supplements for over 20 years.

So I went to work with my Scientific Advisory Board to create a powerhouse krill oil formula with the convenience of a single, once-a-day capsule, while making it amazingly affordable so that everyone has the chance to enjoy the remarkable health benefits of krill oil.

It’s called OceanPure® Krill Oil and for a limited time you can get it for as low as $16.50 per bottle with free shipping.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get OceanPure for as low as $16.50 a bottle — with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal. Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

OceanPure is made with a patented, premium quality krill oil produced using a highly sophisticated extraction and purification process. This state-of-the-art purification procedure is unique in the field and the results are remarkable.

Detailed laboratory analysis of my OceanPure formula shows:

  • Pure, phospholipid-bound omega-3s: OceanPure gives you the highest levels of pure phospholipid-bound omega-3s on the market today with 88% lipid intactness, a full 22% better than other krill oils.[17]
  • Astaxanthin levels that are three times higher than other krill oils, thanks to this superior processing technique[17]
  • Super-low oxidation levels — again, due to its gentle extraction — a full 85% less than other krill oils tested.[17]

This is what makes OceanPure unsurpassed in the omega-3 market. And here are…

5 More Reasons Why OceanPure Is Truly Your Best Choice

  1. OceanPure provides a powerful 1,029 mg dose of krill oil in each easy-to-swallow capsule: This makes OceanPure one of the most potent krill oil supplements available, with 430 mg of phospholipids and over 250 mg of EPA and DHA omega-3s in the highly absorbable phospholipid form.
  1. Features an extra potent dose of astaxanthin: We added an extra 1,000 mcg of premium natural astaxanthin to promote greater anti-inflammatory and antioxidant results, and to ensure every capsule remains at the highest possible potency.
  1. A remarkably pure source for omega-3s: Krill is among the purest nutrient sources in the world. It feeds on phytoplankton at the bottom of the food chain and lives in the pristine waters of the Antarctic Ocean, so it’s remarkably toxin-free when harvested and then purified in our state-of-the-art extraction and encapsulation process.
  1. Certified responsibly harvested: We support sustainable fishing practices 100%. Our krill is harvested in a sustainable manner and has been certified by both The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Friend of the Sea, the two leading organizations devoted to the sustainable conservation of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.
  1. Amazingly affordable, ships for free, and is risk free: OceanPure is amazingly affordable, as little as $16.50 per bottle containing a one-month supply. That’s a small price to pay for this premium-quality source that provides such powerful help for fighting inflammation along with support for your heart, brain, blood sugar and more. It’s not available in stores but it ships to you for free, and your entire order is risk free since it’s protected by Stop Aging Now’s 365-day, money-back guarantee.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get OceanPure for as low as $16.50 a bottle — with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

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6. Lipids Health Dis. 2011;10:145.
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8. Zhang, K. Omega-3 phospholipids. In Polar Lipids: Biology, Chemistry, and Technology. Ahmad, M.U.; Xu, X., Eds. AOCS Press: Illinois, USA, 2015; pp 463-493.
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Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

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