Alkaloid has again met the wishes of all its consumers with healthy life habits, by launching the latest product in the food supplement portfolio – BioKrill Active.
Krill oil is obtained from the Antarctic krill (Euphausiasuperba).
Antarctic krill is a semi-transparent crustacean, dominantly present in the Antarctic, carrying its name after the Norwegian term krill, meaning whale food.
Euphausiaѕuperba is at the very base of the food chain and can be found only in the intact waters of the Antarctic Ocean, where there is no accumulation of pollutants.
The method of krill fishing is patented and guaranties quality, at the same time preventing bycatch. The Arctic krill has a number of potent digestive enzymes and it practically destroys itself before processing. By applying eco-harvesting technology, the crustacean is delivered alive on the ship and processing begins immediately.
By means of a special mechanism, the bycatch is separated and freed without any damage.
- fish oil, with omega-3 present in triglyceride form ;
- krill oil, with omega-3 present in phospholipid form.
What does krill oil contain/what is particular about krill oil?
There are two huge advantages of krill oil compared to fish oil:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids in phospholipid form.
2. Natural antioxidant – astaxantin.
The function of the phospholipid fatty acids in the body is very important, as they are essential for formation of cellular membranes of all existing life on earth. Actually, some of the lipids in our cells are in the phospholipid form.
The function of triglycerides in the body differs from the function of phospholipids. Triglycerides are used mainly as energy or energy storage in the fat tissues, so the dose of triglyceride omega-3 fatty acids must be large enough to compensate the loss in the depot and to provide a sufficient amount available at a cellular level.
The phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids are much more effectively used by the human body due to their easier digestion and absorption compared to the triglyceride omega-3 fatty acids. Compared to omega-3 fatty acids, much less phospholipid acids are required to obtain equal bioavailability in the cells and organs of the body. The result is as follows – smaller krill oil capsules, which are easier to swallow than the fish oil capsules.
Another benefit of the better dispersion of krill oil capsules in the abdominal fluids is the absence of , gastroesophageal reflux (burps), which is a common occurrence in people consuming fish oil.
Astaxanthin is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin E and coenzyme Q10!
The stability of products rich in omega-3 fatty acids and their affinity to oxidation resulting from the numerous double bondsare well known challenges. Astaxanthin suppresses the free radicals and the oxidation process very successfully. Unlike other products containing omega-3 fatty acids to which antioxidants are added in the process of production, astaxanthin is naturally contained in the krill oil. Chemically, it is a carotenoid, hence the red colour of the krill oil capsules.
BioKrill Active is used for protection against cardiovascular diseases and arteriosclerotic changes. It helps lower the total cholesterol and the LDL-fraction (the bad cholesterol), while preventing the HDL-fraction (the good cholesterol).
DOSAGE AND METHOD OF APPLICATION Adults 2 capsules (1000 mg krill oil) a day, swallowed with a glass of water. The use of BioKrill Active concomitantly with cholesterol reducing drugs like statins, may result in their better effect. It can always be used along with other measures for lifestyle improvement.
1. What does BioKrill Active contain?
Each BioKrill Active capsule contains 500 mg of pure krill oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids in phospholipid form and the antioxidant astaxanthin.
2. What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated (with more than one double bond) fatty acids, which play an important part in many processes taking place in the human body. They are essential because our body cannot synthesize them, so they have to be taken in through food or dietary supplements.
3. What are EPA and DHA?
The health benefit of omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are well documented. The research has shown that EPA and DHA have numerous beneficial biological effects, such as prevention of cardiovascular diseases and reduction of blood lipids.
4. What are omega-3 phospholipids?
The unique characteristic of BioKrill Active is the fact that most of the omega-3 fatty acids are in phospholipid form. Most of the nutritional supplements with omega-3, which contain fish oil, make omega-3 fatty acids available in triglyceride form. The phospholipids play an important role in the cellular membranes and cellular processes. Consequently, omega-3 phospholipids are also important for the structure and the function of the organs. Fatty acids in TG form are mainly found in fat tissues as a source of energy for the human body. Omega-3 phospholipids are better utilized by the body compared to omega-3 triglycerides. The likely explanation of this is as follows:
- greater solubility of phospholipids in the aqueous medium of the intestines;
- different distribution into the tissue organs;
- different takeover and utilization by tissues.
5. Are there other products, in addition to BioKrill Active, that contain omega-3 phospholipids?
Omega – 3 phospholipids are also present in fish oil and other sea food. They are also found in human milk.
6. How is BioKrillActive (krill oil)different from fish oil?
Krill and fish oil differ in two basic segments. Firstly, the fish oil barely contains omega-3 phospholipids. Actually, omega-3 phospholipids are removed during the fish oil production process. Secondly, BioKrill Active is a naturally rich source of the antioxidant astaxanthin.
7. Why are BioKrill Active capsules red in colour?
The red colour comes from the natural antioxidant – astaxanthin.
8. Is the antioxidant astaxanthin contained in the krill oil or is it added during the production of BioKrill Active capsules?
The antioxidant astaxanthin is naturally contained in krill oil. The microscopic phytoplankton (microscopic algae), which are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, is a source of astaxanthin, too, so krill, by feeding on it – enriches its antioxidant content.
9. Eating fish is generally recommended. Can BioKrill Active replace fish consumption?
BioKrill Active contains the same important omega-3 fatty acids present in the fish, such as mackerel, salmon and herring.
10. Is the health benefit of BioKrill Active scientifically proved?
There is quite substantial scientific research which shows that the oils containing omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, (present in BioKrill Active) are used for maintaining a healthy heart and a healthy cardiovascular system. It has been proved that BioKrill Active has a positive effect on the brain functions and the central nervous system.
11. When can one expect the first results?
The first results can be expected already after a month of BioKrill Active intake. However, the optimum duration of the therapy for correction of all lipid parameters in blood (LDL, HDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides) is three months.
12. Does BioKrill Active affect weight gain/ weight loss?
BioKrill Active has no effect on body weight.
13. What is krill?
Krill is a small crustacean, which is at the base of the food chain, feeding on phitoplancton. The Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) may grow up to 6 cm and weigh up to 2 g.
14. How do krill live?
The Antarctic krill spend most of its life in large, dense schools, spread over several square kilometers in the ocean. The krill live near the surface of the ocean, migrating vertically through the waters. They dive into the depths during the day to prevent being eaten out and resurface at night to feed on phytoplankton.
15. How do krill reproduce?
The krill lay their eggs during the Antarctic summer. The female may lay simultaneously up to 10,000 eggs. The eggs are frequently spawned several times during the season (January and February). The fertilization takes place near the surface, the extremely fertile eggs sink down to the depth of 2,000 meters or deeper before hatching. Then they ascend towards the surface and begin to feed.
16. When did krill fishing first begin?
Krill fishing dates back to the year 1800, in the waters near the South Ocean and Japan.
17. How are krill fished?
The fact that krill live in dense schools, make them convenient for net fishing. However, the powerful enzymes contained in krill begin to decompose the bioactive components in them as soon asthey are caught and as a result they die. In traditional method of fishing, most of the krill die. The methods for krill fishing used for producing BioKrill Active are cutting-edge, keeping krill alive in the net under water. On the factory ship only the quantity of krill to be processed immediately is taken onboard. This has been a patented fishing technique which constantly delivers fresh krill onboard in a quantity that can be processed before the decomposition process begins.
18. Does BioKrill Active help reduce cholesterol when usedin combination with diet and healthy lifestyle?
BioKrill Active in combination with diet and healthy lifestyle helps reduce cholesterol.
19. Can BioKrill Active be used concomitantly with cholesterol and triglyceride reducing drugs (statins)?
BioKrill Active can be concomitantly used with cholesterol and triglyceride reducing drugs, i.e. statins. The concomitant use of BioKrill Active and statins enhances the effect of statins.
20. Is BioKrill Active better than the other products containing omega-3?
BioKrill Active contains omega-3 fatty acids in the phsopholipid form, which are superior to the fish oil fatty acids. The phospholipids from BioKrill Active have greater bioavailability and bioefficacy, that is, they are better utilized by the body, compared to the traditional omega-3 fatty acids present in the other products containing omega-3 fatty acids.
21. Is BioKrill Active a 100% natural product?
BioKrill Active is a natural product which contains oil extracted fromEuphausiasuperba, which live in the cleanest waters of the Antarctic.
22. Does BioKrill Active cause any side effects?
There are no known side effects resulting from BioKrill Active use to date.
23. Does BioKrill Active cause reflux (burps)?
Reflux (burp), which is common when consuming fish oil capsules, is absent when BioKrill Active is used. This is due to the good dispersion of phospholipids in the abdominal fluids.
24. When should I take BioActive before or after meal?
BioKrill Active may be taken before or after meal. For better digestion it is recommended to take BioKrill Active after the meal.
25. Does BioKrill Active interact with other drugs used concomitantly?
Patients taking blood thinners should consult their physician and take a test before using BioKrill Active.
26. May I give BioKrill Active to my child?
BioKrill Active is aimed for adults, above 18 years of age.
27. Is it possible to get overdosed by BioKrill Active?
If you take the recommendedBioKrill Active dose of 1 g (two 500-g capsules) a day, there is no threat of overdose.
28. Is BioKrill Active sold in the EU countries, and what is its price?
Krill oil is sold in the EU countries and the USA at a price ranging from 25 to 30 Euros, depending on the product.
29. Are all products containing krill oil the same?
All products containing krill oil are not the same. The products may differ by the following:
- method of krill oil production
- contents of EPA and DHA fatty acids
- phospholipid and astaxanthin antioxidant contents.
30. May patients with diabetes take BioKrill Active?
Diabetic patients may take BioKrill Active.
31. What kind of gelatin are soft BioKrill Active capsules made of?
BioKrill Active capsules are made of bovine gelatin.
32. Are people with seafood allergy allowed to take BioKrill Active?
Persons allergic to seafood, especially shrimps, should consult their physician and take a test before taking BioKrill Active.
33. Does krill oil contain mercury and other heavy metals?
The Antarctic krill -Euphausiasuperbalive in the cleanest and deepest waters of the Antarctic, so the oil extracted from krill does not contain any mercury or heavy metals.
34. Can I buy BioKrillActive at the pharmacy without prescription?
BioKrill Active is a dietary supplement and can be bought without a prescription.
35. Can pregnant or lactating women take BioKrill Active?
Pregnant and lactating women should consult their physician before taking this product.