Why Krill Oil is Far Better Than Fish Oil

Krill oil is a nutrient-dense substance extracted from a tiny, bottom-of-the-food-chain crustacean (tiny shrimp like animal) that lives in the icy waters around the Antarctic. In Norwegian, the word “krill” literally means the “whale food”.

Most people today are deficient in omega-3 fats and consume far too many damaging omega-6 fats, which are found in vegetable oils and processed foods. Fish oil is a rich source of Omega-3 but krill oil is an exceptional source of animal based omega-3 dietary fats and is far more superior than the conventional fish oil because: 

Firstly, krill oil contains exceptionally high amounts of phospholipids than fish oil. Phospholipids are one of the principle compounds in high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which you want more of. Phospholipids massively increase the absorption of the fats – up to 60 per cent - which means less capsules need to be taken to achieve the desired health benefits. People taking fish oil for arthritis, for example, may need to take nine to 14 standard capsules a day, whereas, only one capsule of krill oil is needed for the same effect.

Secondly, the plant-based omega-3 sources like flax, hemp and chia seeds are high in ALA, but low in EPA and DHA. DHA is essential for brain and heart health and for lowering the bad cholesterol in the body. The conversion of ALA to far more essential EPA and DHA is dependent on an enzyme called delta 6 desaturase. But elevated insulin levels impair this enzyme, and more than 80 percent of the U.S. population has elevated insulin levels.

Thirdly, fish oil is weak in antioxidant content, whereas krill oil is rich in antioxidants as it contains astaxanthin — the most potent antioxidant in nature and contains another essential nutrient called choline.

Fourthly, many types of fish are now contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals which are polluting our oceans. Antarctic krill is not subject to this contamination.

Benefits of Krill oil

The GreenMedInfo.com's krill research page documents that there are now 25 different diseases that krill may help prevent or reverse.

Reduces blood cholesterol: Research has shown that taking 1-1.5 grams of krill oil everyday reduces the total cholesterol and bad cholesterol and increases the amount of good cholesterol in the blood. Intake of high doses of krill oil also helps in reducing the levels of triglycerides that are also harmful for the heart. The DHA and EPA are naturally present in krill oil and it helps in reducing the risk of heart attack by reducing the levels of blood cholesterol.  The omega-3 fatty acids present in krill oil are useful for preventing heart diseases.

Reduce cancer risk: In clinical studies it is shown that DHA and EPA reverse cancer growth. It reduces the risk of breast cancer in women. Krill oil contains many anti-oxidants that prevent the damage produced by the free radicals.

Brain health: Krill oil is useful for promoting optimal functioning of brain cells. It is also a good option for the normal functioning of the retinal cells. DHA and EPA present in the krill oil are important constituents found in the brain. It is a great supplement for the treatment of depression and other brain related disorders. It helps to maintain a happy mood and reduces the chances of developing depression with regular intake.

Anti-inflammatory: The omega-3 fatty acids present in krill oil act as natural inflammatory substances. When inflammation reduces it gives best results for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, PMS symptoms and reduced heart risk. A study conducted by Western University in collaboration with McMaster University was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition examined krill oil (300 mg daily) compared to a placebo and found that krill oil was effective at reducing arthritis symptoms and inflammation. 

Skin protection: Krill oil consists of a substance called astaxanthin that protects the skin from harmful ultra violet radiations of the sun. Due to the presence of this substance krill oil may be used for reducing the risk of skin cancer and other skin conditions that may result due to overexposure to the UV rays of the sun.

Immune system: Numerous studies have been done to find that krill oil is beneficial in improving the overall health of an individual by strengthening the immune system. It harmonizes the body by balancing different hormones.