Krill oil is quickly becoming a popular dietary supplement around the world. Krill oil is considered to have “better absorption than fish oil” and have even skewed comparison studies to make krill appear “significantly more effective” in improving health conditions when compared to fish oil. Most studies examining the therapeutic benefits of krill oil have been short-term and conducted with very small sample sizes. That said, there are minimal dangers of krill oil supplementation and many people have experienced first-hand that krill oil decreases symptoms of certain health conditions (e.g. reducing triglycerides).
It’s amazing how something as small as Antarctic krill can support your health by providing you with powerful antioxidants and omega-3 fats. We believe that Antarctic krill oil is the best option when it comes to getting high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats because:
- Antarctic krill oil is harvested from the pristine waters of Antarctica and has vastly less mercury, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins than that found in fish oil.Fish stocks around the world have become so widely and thoroughly polluted to the point that it’s no longer safe to consume fish products – perhaps not even fish oil, a good source of omega-3 fats.About 40 tons of mercury is released annually in the United States alone due to burning coal to produce electricity. Other common contaminants found in fish include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), radioactive substances like strontium, and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, chromium, and arsenic.
- Farmed fish is simply not a healthy alternative because:
- Studies show that even the least contaminated farmed salmon had higher contaminant levels (specifically dioxin and PCBs) than those caught in the wild.
- Conditions at fish farms are like conditions at factory farms – overcrowded with sickly, infected animals being fed whatever it takes for them to grow as large as possible in the shortest time (including being fed feces of chickens, ducks, and pigs).
- Fish farming techniques are also causing disease to be spread to wild fish, like infecting wild baby salmon with sea lice.
- Antarctic krill oil combines antioxidants and omega-3 fats.Astaxanthin is a carotenoid-type antioxidant found in Antarctic krill that helps prevent the krill oil from oxidizing. Fish oil does not have an antioxidant to help it stay fresh.Antarctic krill contains omega-3s in the form of phospholipids – liposomes or little packages that bring the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA fatty acids directly to your cells.* Fish oil does not contain this phospholipid complex.
- Antarctic krill oil is more bioefficient than fish oil.Phospholipids form your cell membranes and are composed essentially of a fatty acid, a phosphate group, and an organic molecule. Both phospholipids and triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood, act as omega-3 carriers. However, omega-3 fatty acids bound to phospholipids are more bioefficient than fatty acids on triglyceride carriers.This makes omega-3 fats from Antarctic krill oil more readily available to you.*
Antarctic krill oil is more stable and more resistant to rancidity than fish oil. It does not need refrigeration and can last for two years at room temperature. And unlike fish oil, it won’t give you a fishy aftertaste or cause reflux/belching of fish flavors.
- Antarctic krill oil is a renewable source of omega-3 fats.
Krill harvesting is one of the most ecologically-friendly on the planet. Here are a few historical facts on harvesting:
- Antarctic krill has been harvested for 53 years (starting in 1961)
- Peak harvesting of 529,000 tons occurred during 1981/82 season
- From 2010 through 2013, catch rates moderately ranged from 161,085 to 217,357 tons
However, there have been a number of unfounded scare tactics stating that krill is an endangered species, and whales are being threatened by krill harvesting.
California was the first state to ban krill harvesting, but this has nothing to do with the global krill population. Commercial fisheries in California are using krill to feed their unhealthy salmon fish farms in Oregon and Washington, not for human consumption. Nearly all of human krill harvesting is done in the Antarctic.
The Antarctic krill biomass is under the management of the Commission for the Conversation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which is comprised of 24 countries and the European Union (EU). CCAMLR is the ONLY official and reliable international organization involved in the management of sustainable krill harvesting and the monitoring of krill stock. NO krill shortage has ever been forecasted by CCAMLR.
With a wide variety of information available on the total biomass of Antarctic krill, one source estimates a range of 100 million to 500 million tons. With an estimated annual reproduction rate of several hundred million tons, this means that there is more than enough krill to continue supporting the marine ecosystem and human consumption.
Try Antarctic Krill Oil today and feel the difference!