A new documentary was released this past week called Genetic Roulette. The documentary discusses the health dangers of genetically engineered (GE) foods or GMOs as most commonly referred as. One particular piece of data we’d like to discuss today is the effect GMOs have on inflammation within your body, especially your gut. Gut inflammation is a precursor to all sorts of chronic problems, from heart disease to thyroid dysfunction to arthritis to autoimmune disease. Since the introduction of GE corn and soy into the American diet in 1996, numerous disorders related to gastrointestinal inflammation have been on the rise. When your immune system sees a genetically engineered food,it attacks as if it’s a foreign invader. The GMOs you consume essentially turn the food into a toxin. This initiates an inflammatory response, and chronic inflammation is the underlying reason for most chronic disease.
One of the many reasons why we developed Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3 Plus was to specifically combat inflammation. We use the ultra-pure NKO as one of our ingredients and NKO has been shown to dramatically reduce inflammation within the body. One of the most useful markers of inflammation is the presence of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. Neptune Krill Oil was examined to see what effect it might have on chronic inflammation as measured by CRP in patient’s blood.
In this random, double blind study, 90 patients with chronic inflammation as measured by elevated blood CRP were divided into two equal groups. The first group received 300 mg per day of Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) while the second received a placebo. Before the study began, all patients refrained from taking any pain medication except acetaminophen and any supplements of foods containing high levels of omega-6 for two weeks. During the study, blood samples were taken to measure serum CRP.
After just 7 days, the Neptune Krill Oil group had reduced their CRP levels by an average of 19.3% while the placebo group increased their CRP levels by 15.7%.
After only 14 days, the NKO group had reduced their CRP levels by 29.7% while the placebo group had increased their CRP by 32.1%.
Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3 Plus contains absolutely no GMO ingredients, but it does contain large amounts of phospholipids, potent antioxidants including astaxanthin, vitamin D, and a high ratio of pure omega-3s. Phospholipids protect cell membranes from injury; the omega-3’s EPA and DHA trigger secretion of anti-inflammatory biochemicals; and astaxanthin inhibits production of pro-inflammatory biochemicals.