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Sea-lebrate Health With Krill Oils

Sea-lebrate Health With Krill Oils

Posted by Shania Baldwin-Haddon on 16th Dec 2021

Krill is a general term used to describe about 86 species of crustaceans found in open oceans. They belong to the group of crustaceans called euphausiids. Antarctic krill is one of 5 species of krill that lives in the Southern Ocean, south of the Antarctic convergence. Krill look like smaller versions of familiar crustaceans such as prawns or lobsters.

Krill Oil Vs Fish Oil

Fish oil, which is derived from fatty fish like anchovies, mackerel and salmon, is one of the most popular dietary supplements in the world. Its health benefits primarily come from two types of omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both have been shown to improve heart and brain health, among other benefits. Recently, a supplement called krill oil has emerged as another product rich in EPA and DHA. Some people even claim that krill oil offers more benefits than fish oil.

Absorption

Not all oils are the same. Fish oils are classified as triglycerides. The omega 3s in krill oil are bound to different structures, known as phospholipids. Phospholipids are one of the major building blocks of our body, forming the cell membrane or 'skin' that surrounds every single cell. They are also easily absorbed by the body, because they disperse naturally in the stomach's fluid. That means when you take krill oil, the omega-3s in it are more rapidly delivered to your cell membranes, which is right where you want them to be.+

Antioxidants

Don't be deceived by their deep red color: this too is 100% natural, caused by the astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is not found in most fish oil. This antioxidant has been shown to provide health benefits such as protecting the body from oxidative stress, cell damage, inflammation, and maintaining healthy blood lipid levels.

Health Benefits

Fish oil is best known for its beneficial effects on heart health, but several studies have demonstrated that krill oil can also improve heart health, possibly to a greater extent. One study demonstrated that both fish oil and krill oil improved several heart disease risk factors. However, krill oil was more effective at lowering blood sugar, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Lower doses of krill oil were shown to be more effective than fish oil.


Sustainability

  • At Australian NaturalCare we only use premium quality, sustainably sourced krill oil. Our krill oil supplier has voluntarily worked with the official international body responsible for the conservation of marine life in the Antarctic (CCAMLR), as well as leading international conservation groups, and ensures that the controls and sustainability of each harvest exceed the requirements set by CCAMLR. It is the only krill harvesting company in the world to do so.

Summary

Despite their differences, both krill oil and fish oil are great sources of DHA and EPA and have plenty of research to support their health benefits.