Having weight loss surgery three and a half years ago really changed my perspective on my health. After my first year of post-op “life”, I really became focused on not just losing weight, but on fueling my body with healthy foods, as well as high quality vitamins and supplements. After all, being healthy isn’t just about being at a healthy weight — it’s also about sustaining your body and making sure it thrives by making the right choices in nutrition.
Krill oil is a health supplement that I recently discovered courtesy of Everest Nutrition. Krill oil is a special oil that is comprised of tiny crustaceans, omega-3 fatty acids (similar to those found in fish oil), phospholipid fatty acids, and astaxanthin (an antioxidant).
Health-wise, krill oil has been known to promote cardiovascular levels, lower and keep cholesterol levels in check, improve brain function, reduce inflammation and the signs of aging (particularly in nails, skin, and hair), and even reduce the severity of pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms. What’s of particular interest to me is that krill oil has been known to reduce pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms; and that its primary ingredient, omega-3 fatty acids, may be helpful in protecting the stomach and small intestine lining, thus reducing the risk of severity of ulcers1. As I have both wicked PMS/menstrual symptoms, and was recently hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for a perforated small intestine due to an ulcer, adding a supplement to my daily routine that can reduce the impact of the former and probably reduce the risk of the latter developing again seems like a no-brainer.
When Everest Nutrition first approached me with the opportunity to review their krill oil, I didn’t know a lot about the product, other than it being fish-based. But after doing some research on the benefits of krill oil (though I didn’t find out about its stomach/intestine protecting properties until after my surgery), I said yes. Improving the quality of my nails, skin, and hair, and reducing PMS/menstrual symptoms? I’m all for it!
One bottle of Everest Nutrition Krill Oil contains 60 Caplique capsules – Caplique capsules are specially formulated “containers” for krill oil and other supplements that protects against oxygenation as well as containing odors associated to the supplement. They dissolve quickly, too, Everest Nutrition recommends taking 2 capsules per day, which provides 300mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 500mg of phospholipids, and 1.6mg of esterified astaxanthin. The capsules themselves have no taste, and they go down quickly and easily. I’ve never noticed any aftertaste.
With the exception of the week while I was hospitalized, and a couple of days afterward while I researched the vitamins and supplements I take (I’m being very, very careful now to not consume things that can cause stomach irritation), I have been taking Everest Nutrition Krill Oil for a little over a month. Two things I’ve noticed since incorporating Krill Oil into my daily regimen:
- My PMS and menstrual symptoms during my last cycle, in particular my irritability and cramping, seemed to not be as bad (I’m due to start my next period two days from now, and I’m really looking forward to seeing if the same is true for this cycle!)
- My nails have been growing fast, and seem stronger
Krill oil is a supplement I am going to continue taking, because of its health benefits. Providing support for your brain and cardiovascular system is never a bad thing, and in my case, keeping my PMS and menstrual issues in check and protecting my digestive system from ulcers are both very important reasons to keep krill oil in my daily vitamin & supplement routine.
You can purchase a 60-capsule bottle of Everest Nutrition Krill Oil for $29.95 + $4.95 S&H.
Disclosure: Everest Nutrition provided me with a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.