Krill Oil FAQs
What is krill oil?
- Krill oil is the lipid portion extracted from krill. Providing omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) bound to phospholipids, with astaxanthin (natural antioxidant protection).
What is krill?
- Krill is a small shrimp-like crustacean found throughout the world’s oceans. Often times in swarms so dense they can be seen from outer space.
What is krill oil for?
- Krill oil is for providing your body omega-3 fatty acids EPA / DHA. There is a vast amount of research on omega-3s showing that they play an essential role in optimizing nearly every organ system in the body. One example is our brains, they are made of 60% fats and of those the omega-3 fatty acid DHA makes up well over 90%. We personally find krill oil very helpful with joint health, limiting inflammation from injuries, and recovery. Most modern diets typically lack omega-3s that is why it’s wise to supplement them in.
Is krill oil better than fish oil? The fish oil I use has a higher amount of omega-3's than your krill oil lists, why should I use your krill oil?
- They both provide omega-3 fatty acids DHA / EPA. Although taking the bioavailability, antioxidant protection, source, regulations, sustainability, and traceability of krill oil as a whole into consideration, versus fish oil we believe krill oil is the superior source of omega-3's.
- Krill oil is bound to phospholipids. Fish oil is bound to triglycerides. Phospholipids are water-soluble. Triglycerides are not water-soluble. This results in krill oil to be absorbed by the body much more efficiently (up to 40% more absorbable) than fish oil. This is also why krill oil does not give you the same ‘fishy burp-up’ aftertaste that you get from taking fish oil.
- Krill oil naturally contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant that gives krill its reddish color. Astaxanthin naturally protects krill oil from oxidation. Fish oil does not contain this type of protection likely causing fish oil to be oxidized and ineffective by the time it makes it to you.
- Fish oil often comes from different types of fish, then the oil is mixed together. This makes it hard to know the source of where these fish are coming from, if the fishing practices used to catch these fish are eco-friendly, and if it’s being done in a sustainable way. Our krill is wild harvested from the pristine waters of Antarctica using an eco-friendly technique that eliminates all unwanted bycatch and every bottle comes with GPS coordinate harvesting locations providing 100% traceability.
- Antarctic krill live in a pristine environment and fall low on the food chain resulting in a little chance of environmental contaminant build-up as opposed to fish.
- When fish eat krill, 90% of the omega-3s from the krill are used as energy by the fish, leaving only 10% stored in the fish as omega-3s. This means it takes 10 times more fish (by weight) than krill to be caught to get the same amount of omega-3s.
How long until I notice any benefits from krill oil?
- This depends on how deficient your body is in omega-3s. When taking krill oil everyday benefits can be noticed as quickly as 2 weeks or as long as 3 months. Noticeable increase in omega-3s in red blood cells appears after at least 3 months of use.
What about the sea life that feeds off krill, are you taking their food?
- Krill comes from one of the largest biomass on the planet, in a range doubling humans. In which the annual precautionary harvesting quota is set at 1% of krill’s total biomass. With a current actual catch rate of 0.3% of the biomass, which is only up to 0.13% of the amount that is eaten naturally by all the animals who feed off krill. Following strict guidelines set in place by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR); being the only krill fishery certified by The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC); and in partnership with WWF-Norway; this is the most sustainable source of supplementary omega-3s DHA / EPA available.
Why did you make an omega-3 from an animal source when you can get omega-3s from plants like hemp, flax, and chia?
- We wanted to get what was more important to you first, and that’s omega-3s DHA / EPA. The vast majority of benefits from omega-3s in our body come from DHA / EPA. Hemp, flax, and chia omega-3s are in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Our bodies can convert ALA into DHA, but as you can see from the chart below out of those 10 published studies the average conversion rate of ALA into DHA was 1.38%, which isn’t very promising. ALA is for energy DHA is for function and optimizing, aim to get your ALA in the morning for fuel and your DHA at night for storing and repair. We will come out with a plant sourced omega-3 soon enough.
Fish oil upsets my stomach, would krill oil work for me?
- Krill oil is bound to phospholipids. Fish oil is bound to triglycerides. Phospholipids are water-soluble. Triglycerides are not water-soluble. This results in krill oil to be absorbed by the body much more efficiently (up to 40% more absorbable) than fish oil. Fish oil settles on the top of fluids in the stomach which may be causing your stomach issues, whereas krill oil starts absorb immediately. This is also why krill oil does not give you the same ‘fishy burp-up’ aftertaste that you get from fish oil.
How often can I take krill oil?
- You can take krill oil daily. 500 mg up to 3 g can be taken daily. Krill oil is best taken at night so your body has more time to store the omega-3s instead of using them as fuel throughout the day. Always consult your health care professional before using krill oil. Follow the ‘suggested use’ directions on the label before consuming.