You’ve probably already heard about fish oil supplements being an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
Fewer people are familiar with Krill Oil. Not sure if Krill Oil is the same as fish oil? You are not alone.
We explain the difference, outline what Krill Oil does, and highlight why Krill Oil may even be better for you than fish oil.
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What is Krill Oil?
Krill are small crustaceans rich in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids and Astaxanthin, an especially potent natural antioxidant.
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Krill live in one of the world’s cleanest bodies of water — the Antarctic Ocean. In addition, krill is at the very bottom of the food chain, and typically contains lower levels of toxins than larger fish.
Krill Oil tends to be more expensive than other fish oils due to the harvesting and distillation methods used to produce it. So does Krill Oil warrant the heftier price tag?
Is Krill Oil better than fish oil?
Krill are at less risk of heavy metal exposure
Krill are very small fish which contain some of the lowest levels of mercury and other heavy metals commonly found in larger fish.
This is because they are at the bottom of the food chain, and have a short life cycle, leading to a lower risk of accumulating toxins.
Krill also live in cleaner waters with fewer environmental contaminants such as chemicals and pollutants.
Our Krill is sustainably harvested from the Antarctic Ocean and is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council for excellence in supply chain safety — meaning no heavy metals, pesticides or other contaminants.
Krill Oil may be more bioavailable than fish oil
Early evidence suggests that the types of Omega-3s found in Krill Oil are more bioavailable than fish oil supplements. A small study found that EPA and DHA in Krill Oil had a higher 72-hour bioavailability than in fish oil.
This may be due to the fact that the EPA and DHA fats in fish oil and Krill Oil have different structures. The fatty acids in Krill Oil are absorbed by the body as phospholipids. Fatty acids in normal fish oil take the form of triglycerides.
Phospholipids may help Omega-3s be better absorbed into the blood cell membranes, leading to a higher level of Omega-3s when compared with triglyceride Omega-3 sources.
The bioavailability of these two forms requires more research to determine conclusively how they impact overall blood levels of EPA and DHA.
Krill Oil also contains Astaxanthin
In addition to being a rich source of EPA and DHA, Krill Oil contains a few nutrients that are not present in fish oil.
Krill Oil contains Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that gives Krill Oil its characteristic red colour.
Related reading: What is Astaxanthin?
The addition of Astaxanthin in our capsules also protects the Krill Oil from oxidation, eliminating the need to add preservatives.
Krill also contains naturally occurring Vitamins A and E as well as Choline, a nutrient involved in nervous system function and liver health.
Is Krill Oil good for you?
Yes. Krill Oil is rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. As with Vitamin D, your body can’t produce these essential fatty acids on its own.
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Being deficient in essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA can present in various ways. Common signs include dry and rough skin, lifeless or brittle hair and nails, as well as other physical symptoms such as impaired visual, neurological or immune function.
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To ensure you are getting sufficient EPA and DHA, it’s advisable to eat a diet high in fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel or salmon. However, many fatty fish are at a higher risk of being contaminated with mercury and other toxins.
A high-quality supplement might therefore be your best bet. Each of our Krill Oil capsules contains 130mg of EPA and DHA.
If you are a vegan, you might also consider taking our 200mg vegan Omega-3 supplement. It is 100% algae-based and just as effective as a fish-based Omega-3 supplement.
What are the health benefits of Krill Oil?
Krill Oil is good for heart health
Clinical studies have found Omega-3 fatty acids found in Krill Oil are effective at lowering levels of triglycerides and other blood fats linked to heart disease.
Krill Oil promotes joint health
Omega-3 fatty acids found in Krill Oil have been proven to help ameliorate the progression of various inflammatory joint conditions.
Krill Oil keeps skin hydrated
Research indicates that the Omega-3s found in Krill Oil may improve skin hydration by providing a protective barrier to the skin which keeps hydration locked in.
Krill Oil gives hair a healthy shine
Research suggests that the Omega-3s found in Krill Oil can help boost hair growth and reduce hair loss. These essential fatty acids can also improve hair strength, flexibility, and hydration.
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Krill Oil may support against cognitive decline
Observational studies indicate that higher levels of DHA and EPA — two types of Omega-3 fats — may help protect against cognitive decline associated with ageing.
Krill Oil keeps eyes healthy
The highest concentration of DHA in the body is found in the retina. Retinas tend to degrade with age which is why maintaining the right levels of Omega-3 fatty acids is so important for long term eye health.
The bottom line
Although Krill Oil is a supplement with some pretty impressive health benefits, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you have diabetes or are taking blood thinning medication before taking Krill Oil. People who suffer from seafood allergies should also avoid Krill Oil.
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