Taking krill oil supplements can have very beneficial effects on the health and well-being of women. In particular, it can alleviate the symptoms of dysmenorrhoea (a gynaecological medical condition characterised by severe uterine pain during menstruation), as well as the emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Krill oil demonstrates significant anti-inflammatory properties and it can help to reduce chronic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis and other joint pains. It is thought that this is because krill oil acts by inhibiting inflammatory mediators like thromboxane, prostacyclin and leukotrienes produced by cells in response to inflammation.
Krill oil can promote weight loss by controlling blood sugar levels and lowering high cholesterol. The omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids contained within it are considered likely to support a phenomenon known as “fuel partitioning” (the storage of glucose as glycogen in muscle), while at the same time diverting fatty acids away from fat synthesis and into oxidative pathways. In other words, omega-3 fatty acids stimulate the use of fatty acids as fuel instead of in fat deposition (i.e. krill oil can help burn fat).
Krill oil is used in the treatment of resistant depression and cognitive disorders, but it is not just in the treatment of depression that EPA has beneficial effects: taking pure EPA supplements also has benefits for concentration, ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), mood, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression).