For over three decades, medical researchers have been extolling the many health benefits of a fatty acid called omega-3. Within omega-3 are three essential fatty acids: EPA, DHA, and ALA. These substances are called “essential” because they are absolutely necessary for the proper function of the body. And the range of tasks they perform is truly staggering: They protect against heart attacks, they lower blood pressure and cholesterol, they reduce arthritis and premenstrual pain, they improve memory and stave off depression, and they fight wrinkles and skin disorders. They are found in plant foods, such as seeds and nuts, and in cold water fish, such as salmon, but new research shows that there is a more potent and absorbable source of omega-3 that may offer greater protection.
Written by best-selling author Dennis Goodman, MD, The Thrill of Krill is the first book to provide a clear understanding of why krill oil is a must for everyone interested in restoring and maintaining optimum health. Krill are tiny shrimp-like creatures found in the ocean. To a great extent, they make up the diet of most sea life, from whales and seals to squids and fish. Krill oil is to marine life what fish oil is to human lifeexcept that krill oil is far superior to fish oil. Studies show that while fish oil is slow to be absorbed by the human body, krill oil is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
In The Thrill of Krill, Dr. Goodman explores the latest research on krill, details the individual health benefits krill oil provides, and explains the differences between available krill oils. Also included is a resource section that will enable you to learn more about krill.
With so many nutritional supplements on store shelves, it’s hard to know which one can make a real difference to your health. Backed by scientific research, The Thrill of Krill introduces an exciting and amazingly powerful source of omega-3s that can change your life for the better.
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About the Author
Dr. Dennis Goodman, MD, graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town Medical School in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his internal medicine residency and was Chief Medical Resident at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and his cardiology fellowship was undertaken at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Goodman is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, critical care, clinical lipidology, integrative medicine, and cardiac CT imaging. In 1988, Dr. Goodman joined Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, where he served as Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Dr. Goodman is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University, and the Director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates in Manhattan. His areas of special interest include women's health and the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. An international speaker, Dr. Goodman has been a visiting professor throughout Europe, Asia, and South Africa. His articles have been published widely, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
Table of Contents
1 Dealing with Health Conditions 5
2 Sources of Omega-3s 23
3 All About Krill 39
4 Fighting Cardiovascular Disease 49
5 Relieving Joint Pain 69
6 Dealing with Women's Health 85
7 Alleviating Depression 97
8 Additional Health Benefits 111
9 Krill Oil Guidelines 125
About the Author 151
Imagine a natural supplement that is able to do the following:
* Protect against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
* Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
* Reduce arthritis pain.
* Moderate premenstrual discomfort.
* Relieve symptoms of menopause.
* Alleviate depression.
* Combat dementia.
* Slow down the aging process.
As a practicing physician specializing in cardiology and integrativemedicine, I dedicate a great deal of my time to validating orrefuting such statements, which are often made by neutraceutical companies. I feel it is my responsibility to research and find out asmuch as I can about a particular supplement before recommendingit to my patientsor before taking it myself. When it comes to the omega-3 fatty acids, there has been large body of scientificresearch to sift through. But in doing so, I have been convincedthat these beneficial fats have met my high standards for recom-mendation, and that krill oil is the best and safest way to obtainthem. In this book, I have shared my findings with you.
To best safeguard your health, being proactive is key. Alongwith having annual checkups, it’s important to eat a healthy dietand exercise regularly. What is perhaps just as important is listening to your bodyafter all, you know it better than anyoneelse. Whenever there is a health concern, seek medical help andeducate yourself on the condition. By understanding the problem and by becoming aware of its symptoms and underlying cause(or causes), you will become better equipped to take control andactually do something to help yourself.
While making positive lifestyle changes can drasticallyimprove the quality of your life, science has also shown that theright nutrients can help treat, reverse, and even prevent many serious diseases and health conditions. And that is exactly whatI hope to show you in this book. I am a strong supporter of naturalalternatives, which tend to be well-tolerated and “do noharm.”
Pharmaceutical drugs have a legitimate place, but inmany cases, natural alternatives may work just as well, and withoutnegative side effects.
Throughout my career, I have researched and studied overone-hundred nutrients. Among the important lessons I’ve learnedis that just because a nutritional supplement (or anything you put in your mouth) is natural and supposedly “does no harm,” it isnot necessarily good for you. Before I am convinced of the meritsof a nutrient, I always have three questions in mind:
* Is there enough clinical evidence (that is, well-conductedresearch studies) that shows a beneficial effect? Is it sufficientenough to recommend the nutrient to my patients and to take itmyself?
* Is the evidence consistent and robust enough to conclude thatthe nutrient has proven benefits?
* Is it safe? Does it have any significant side effects?
For decades, medical researchers have extolled the manyhealth benefits of the essential fatty acids known as omega-3s.
Vital to the optimal functioning of virtually every cell, organ, andsystem in our bodies, omega-3s help keep our systems in balance.Because the body cannot manufacture them in adequate amounts, we must obtain these “good fats” through diet and supplements.While fish oil has long been viewed as the best omega-3 supplement,I have discovered that there is now an even better alternativeoil sourced from tiny ocean-dwelling crustaceans calledkrill. I have written The Thrill of Krill to share this important discoverywith you.
Designed to provide a clear understanding of the benefits anduses of supplemental krill oil, The Thrill of Krill opens with informativechapters on the role of omega-3s in improving and sustaininggood health. Included is a breakdown of these essentialnutrients along with a brief look at their use throughout history,which dates as far back as the ancient Romans, who reserved this "health elixir” for soldiers and nobility. As the various natural sources of these healthful fats are presented, you will learn how the oil from ocean-dwelling krill is a superior sourceand discover how something that is such a tiny part of the vast ocean canhave such a dramatic impact on good health.
Chapters that follow focus on the proven effectiveness of krilloil and its rich omega-3 content on treating (and even preventingin some cases) a number of common, often debilitating healthproblems.
Included are its role in fighting such serious cardiovascularconditions such as atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease,high blood pressure, and stroke, as well as its effectiveness inreducing the painful symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
The chapter on women’s health covers the management of suchsignificant conditions as premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea(painful menstruation), and menopause. It also presents theimportance of omega-3s during pregnancy and lactationforboth mother and child. Krill oil’s role in managing depression andtreating neurological-based disorders like attention deficit hyperactivitydisorder (ADHD), dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease isdiscussed, as is its effectiveness in reducing chronic inflammationand the broad spectrum of disorders it can cause or exacerbate,such as lupus, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer.
High levels of the omega-3s found in krill oil have also been associatedwith a slower progression of the aging process itselfandits wide spectrum of age-related disorders.A solid foundation of medical research has long supported theextensive health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. With krill oil as asuperior source of these valuable nutrients, I hope you considermaking themalong with a healthy diet and lifestylepart ofyour daily regimen for overall fitness and well-being.