What are the Benefits of Krill Oil (Euphausia Superba)?

The body cannot make omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, yet these are needed for vital functions such as eye health, brain function, settling inflammation, heart health, healthy joint function – just to name a few.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) are two types of omega 3 fats, and the quantity of these fats is often used to measure how effective an omega 3 product might be. The higher the number, the more omega 3, the better it must be for you.

Fish oil dominated the omega 3 market for a number of years, until Krill oil entered the market place. Krill oil provides the body with superior nutrition due to its unique structure, which sets it apart from ordinary fish oil. Don’t make the mistake of comparing amounts of EPA and DHA as the numbers do not tell the whole story.

The ingredients in a 440mg capsule of Krill Oil have a synergy that makes a one to one comparison with a 1000mg fish oil capsule challenging without the full facts.

Different Structures

krill oilFish oil has a triglyceride structure and its omega 3 (EPA & DHA) is bound to this. Triglycerides are the basic structure of most fats that people ingest, yet for the body to make use of the omega 3 in fish oil, the fat structure must be remodelled to be transported into the body’s cells. This means that some of the omega 3 can be lost during remodelling.

Krill oil’s structure is mainly comprised of phospholipids. Every cell in the human body is surrounded by a membrane known as a cell wall, and it is mostly made of phospholipids. What this means is that Krill oil’s omega 3’s needs no remodelling like fish oil; all of the EPA and DHA gets into the cells.

Because of this efficiency it is estimated that one 440mg Krill oil capsule roughly equates to about three 1000mg fish oil capsules.


Krill are a reddish colour due to their consumption of an antioxidant known as Astaxanthin.

Krill ingest red-coloured plant life which contains a lot of this antioxidant. However, Astaxanthin only appears in minute quantities in Krill oil, giving it a reddish-brown colour, but here is the exciting reveal – Astaxanthin is 6000 times more powerful as an antioxidant than Vitamin C. This means that even 1mg of ingested Astaxanthin promotes powerful health benefits.

Advantages of Krill over Fish oil

  1. Contains EPA and DHA (Omega 3).
  2. Contains high amounts of phospholipids which enhance the bioavailability of omega 3 fatty acids, and prevent oxidative damage to the cell wall.
  3. Contains Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, which increases the body’s natural healing ability.
  4. Has greater total antioxidant protection than fish oil due to the naturally occurring vitamins A & E and Astaxanthin.
  5. It is sourced from our cleaner, sustainable Southern Antarctic Oceans, and has a greater purity than fish oil with no detectable heavy metals, dioxins or pesticides.
  6. Comes in easy to take small caps.
  7. It is reflux free.

Actions of Krill compared to Fish oil

  • Krill oil has demonstrated superiority over standard fish oils for a number of conditions including:
  • Cardiovascular health – Krill oil reduces inflammation and supports healthy cholesterol metabolism.
  • Elevated cholesterol – Krill oil reduces total, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol along with maintaining healthy ratios of HDL and LDL.
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis – Krill oil reduces pain, inflammation, stiffness and improves mobility.
  • PMS and dysmenorrhoea – Krill oil reduces the physical and emotional symptoms of PMS.
  • Neurological conditions – Krill oil supports cognition, maintains learning and memory and improves mood and wellbeing.
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