Posted By Dr. Mercola | March 02 2012 | 213,182views
- New research shows krill oil may offer several protective effects against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including a reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress, and preservation of colon length
- The animal based omega-3 fats in krill oil produce compounds that help quell inflammation before it can do damage to your tissues
- Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that suppresses a variety of inflammatory mediators, and which research has shown has value in as many as 100 different health conditions
- Taking high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil is one of several lifestyle factors that may significantly improve symptoms of IBD; others include optimizing your vitamin D levels, avoiding sugar, grains and artificial sweeteners, and optimizing your gut bacteria with probiotics
By Dr. Mercola
More than 1.5 million Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
To put it simply, IBD is an autoimmune condition that involves inflammation in your digestive tract that can cause cramps, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and other potentially serious complications in your intestines, along with increasing your risk of colon cancer.
Because IBD can be extremely painful, debilitating and even life threatening, many IBD patients wind up having extensive sections of their colon removed to address the problem when conventional therapies fail -- and this can result in devastating and life-