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 life—except 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
introduces an exciting and amazingly powerful source of omega-3s that can
change your life for the better.
Imagine a natural supplement that is able to do the following:
g Protect against cardiovascular disease and stroke.
g Lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
g Reduce arthritis pain.
g Moderate premenstrual discomfort.
g Relieve symptoms of menopause.
g Alleviate depression.
g Combat dementia.
g Slow down the aging process.
As a practicing physician specializing in cardiology and integrative medicine, I dedicate a great deal of
my time to validating or refuting such statements, which are often made by neutraceutical
companies. I feel it is my responsibility to research and find out as much as I can about a particular
supplement before recommending it to my patients—or before taking it myself. When it comes to
the omega-3 fatty acids, there has been large body of scientific research to sift through. But in doing so,
I have been convinced that these beneficial fats have met my high standards for recom-
mendation, and that krill oil is the best and safest way to obtain them. In this book, I have shared my
findings with you.
To best safeguard your health, being proactive is key. Along with having annual checkups, it’s
important to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. What is perhaps just as important is listening
to your body—after all, you know it better than anyone else. Whenever there is a health concern, seek
medical help and educate 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 and actually do something to help yourself.
While making positive lifestyle changes can drastically improve the quality of your life, science has
also shown that the right nutrients can help treat, reverse, and even prevent many
serious diseases and health conditions. And that is exactly what I hope to show you in this book. I am a
strong supporter of natural alternatives, which tend to be well-tolerated and “do no harm.”
Pharmaceutical drugs have a legitimate place, but in many cases, natural alternatives may work just as
well, and without negative side effects.
Throughout my career, I have researched and studied over one-hundred nutrients. Among the important
lessons I’ve learned is that just because a nutritional supplement (or anything you put
in your mouth) is natural and supposedly “does no harm,” it is not necessarily good for you. Before I
am convinced of the merits of a nutrient, I always have three questions in mind:
g Is there enough clinical evidence (that is, well-conducted research studies) that shows a beneficial
effect? Is it sufficient enough to recommend the nutrient to my patients and to take it myself?
g Is the evidence consistent and robust enough to conclude that the nutrient has proven benefits?
g Is it safe? Does it have any significant side effects?
For decades, medical researchers have extolled the many health benefits of the essential fatty acids
known as omega-3s.
Vital to the optimal functioning of virtually every cell, organ, and system 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 alternative—oil
sourced from tiny ocean-dwelling crustaceans called krill. I have written The Thrill of Krill to share this
important discovery with you.
Designed to provide a clear understanding of the benefits and uses of supplemental krill oil, The Thrill
of Krill opens with informative chapters on the role of omega-3s in improving and sustaining good
health. Included is a breakdown of these essential nutrients 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 naturalsources of these healthful fats are presented, you will learn
howthe oil from ocean-dwelling krill is a superior source—and discoverhow something that is such a
tiny part of the vast ocean can have such a dramatic impact on good health.
Chapters that follow focus on the proven effectiveness of krill oil and its rich omega-3 content on
treating (and even preventing in some cases) a number of common, often debilitating health problems.
Included are its role in fighting such serious cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, coronary
heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, as well as its effectiveness in reducing the painful
symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
The chapter on women’s health covers the management of such significant conditions as premenstrual
syndrome, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), and menopause. It also presents the importance of
omega-3s during pregnancy and lactation—for both mother and child. Krill oil’s role in managing
depression and treating neurological-based disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD), dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is discussed, as is its effectiveness in reducing chronic
inflammation and 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 associated with a slower progression of
the aging process itself—and its wide spectrum of age-related disorders. A solid foundation of medical
research has long supported the extensive health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. With krill oil as
a superior source of these valuable nutrients, I hope you consider making them—along with a healthy
diet and lifestyle—part of your daily regimen for overall fitness and well-being.