When you call someone a “shrimp,” strength and muscle don’t come to mind. In fact, it’s just the opposite. You picture someone who is wimpy and weak.
But new research turns that old stereotype upside down. Because it uncovers a potential key to staying strong and building muscle strength as you grow older.
And it’s locked inside a tiny shrimp-like creature.
This petite powerhouse could hold the right blend of fats and other nutrients needed to help halt the decline over the years, leading to frustration, pain, injury, and eventually loss of independence.
But you don’t have to actually eat this shrimp-like creature. You can get those muscle- and strength-building benefits from at least two other sources.
Build more muscle with this tiny powerhouse
If krill is known for anything, it’s for being literal seafood. The tiny crustaceans are a crucial food source for many creatures that live in the sea.
But these plankton are also known for being pink. In fact, krill is so pink that anything that makes it a regular part of its diet also starts to turn pink over time.
They’re one of the reasons salmon have that lovely pink hue. (Well, wild salmon, anyway. The farmed fish are dyed that color.) And according to a new study, those very same krill could also hold the secret to helping you build and maintain muscle.
What’s really exciting here is that the krill were tested on precisely the kinds of folks who often need a little more help with strength. And that, of course, was in largely inactive seniors who were getting less than an hour a week of muscle-building exercise.
We should all aim for more movement, of course. But I’ll admit it’s hard. And for some folks … especially people with mobility problems… it could be an even bigger challenge to stay moving.
More than 100 inactive seniors were given either 4 grams of krill oil supplements per day or a placebo in the study.
Incredibly, within just six weeks, the volunteers who’d been taking the krill oil had some real improvements. And that included a nearly 10 percent jump in muscle strength in the thigh and more than a 10 percent increase in grip strength.
Enjoy the strength-building THRILL of KRILL
Most of us don’t eat krill, although it’s a versatile ingredient that’s often on the menu in restaurants in Asia.
But you can get the benefits of krill in two other ways…
- Eat wild-caught salmon two or three times a week. You’ll be loading up on healthy omega-3 fatty acids and the other benefits of the krill at the heart of the salmon’s diet. Plus, getting a punch of protein from the salmon itself makes it a twofer for muscle health.
- Consider a supplement. Krill oil is readily available and is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and other necessary nutrients, including choline and astaxanthin.
Naturally, you shouldn’t rely on supplements alone to maintain your strength and energy. You’ll also want to add some high-quality protein to the mix.
Eggs, meat, and dairy are all great muscle-building protein sources. And don’t skip out on the daily activity either.
Find out how krill could also slash dangerous… and often hard to lower… triglycerides in my earlier report, “Big Pharma eyes up natural triglyceride hero.”