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So what is so special about Krill oil?

Krill, (Euphausia superba) are small crustaceans that resemble shrimp and are found in all oceans, but are most abundant in the Antarctic.  Its name comes from the Norwegian word meaning ‘young fry of fish’.  Krill are rich in omega 3 oil and found in swarms so large that they can actually be seen from satellites in outer space. Scientists consider them the largest ‘biomass’ known in the sea.

Omega-3 oil is crucial for all vital processes in the body and are referred to as Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). We cannot produce them in our body, so it has to come from our diet or supplementation. Omega-3 oil has been shown to be effective for supporting a wide variety of health conditions including; balancing blood pressure and arrhythmias, helping lower cholesterol levels, soothing inflammation, helping with joint pain and stiffness, improving brain function, concentration and memory, ADD and ADHD and PMS.

There are 2 forms of EFA’s – omega-3 and omega-6.  Omega-3’s are found mainly in seafood (fish and krill oil), and omega-6’s from plants. Unfortunately in today’s western diet we consume too much processed food – resulting in a much higher intake of omega-6 than omega-3 – this throws the correct ratio out of balance and results in chronic illness’s like heart disease, diabetes and obesity to name just a few.  This means it is more important than ever to increase our daily intake of omega-3s.

What’s so unique about Krill oil’s its omega-3 is delivered to the body in a phospholipid form, whereas fish oil is in a triglyceride form.

Krill oil is soluble in water and doesn’t require bile to break it down, and because the oil mixes easily with stomach contents, it reduces any reflux or nausea people often experience with fish oil. Fish oil is insoluble in water and requires bile to break down the oil, therefore anyone with a weaker digestive system or liver or gallbladder problems may have problems utilizing fish oil.

Studies show that Krill oil is also extremely well absorbed by the body. Every cell in your body requires phospholids as key building blocks to make up your cell membranes. The membrane controls what goes in and out of each cell, much like a gate keeper. Krill oil ensures that the gate function will be smoother, allowing more effective delivery of nutrients to the cell. Poor cell membranes = poor functioning cells = disease.  Fatty acids from krill oil are absorbed by the brain, heart and liver more efficiently than fatty acids from triglycerides (fish oil). This explains why you require a lot less krill oil than fish oil to achieve the same result even though the EPA & DHA may be significantly less than fish oil.

Krill oil is also a beautiful red colour because it contains naturally occurring Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant.  Krill is the only known animal species that contains Astaxanthin.  Astaxanthin from krill oil is 100% absorbable (unlike plant forms) so is easily able to attack free radicals, which helps reduce cell damage and disease.

Remarkably Krill is considered to be one of the most sustainable marine resources. It is tightly regulated and monitored by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). This international organization has been set up to prevent depletion of krill and any impact on krill predators. So far, the current catch levels of krill are around 4% per annum of the total allowable catch quota – making it the most under commercially exploited fishing to date. Even the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) support the regulations and quotas set by the CCAMLR (whose priorities are in maintaining the Antarctic ecosystem and its marine life). See this link – The World Wildlife Fund talking positively about Krill Sustainability. This is very unusual for the WWF to speak so positively about a marine industry: http://www.nutraingredients.com/On-your-radar/Omega-3/WWF-on-krill-World-s-largest-under-exploited-fishery

Antarctic krill live in a naturally clean environment free of pollution, so there is significantly less risk of heavy metal contamination making it the cleanest and safest form of omega-3.

Lynley Baker

Naturopath

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