Part 1 - Krill Oil Basics: What You Need to Know
Krill oil is a nutrition supplement that is uniquely formulated to provide you with an adequate source of omega 3 fatty acids, namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both EPA and DHA are called essential fatty acids because our bodies cannot produce them on our own. These essential fatty acids are important for cardiovascular, digestive, brain, skin, eye and joint health.
In order for us to meet our daily omega-3 fatty acid requirement, we need to consume 2-3 servings of fatty fish per week. Whether it’s because of food preference or the cost of eating seafood, the bottom line is that most people meet only about one-third of this requirement. This nutrient depletion may lead to health issues such as heart problems, joint pains, depression, cognitive issues and inflammation.
Why Krill Oil instead of Fish Oil?
Krill oil and fish oil are both omega-3 fatty acid supplements. However, the DHA and EPA from krill oil are more bioavailable and are better able to reach the organs where they are needed the most: the heart, brain, eyes, and joints. Omega-3 fatty acids in krill oil are bound to phospholipids that carry these fatty acids in the bloodstream allowing for better absorption. The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the tissues is reflected by its amount in the blood and this measurement is called the omega 3 index. An omega 3 index of 8% and above is ideal while a lower omega 3 index can signify a higher risk for cardiovascular health issues. Krill oil has a higher omega 3 index compared to fish oil which means that you need less krill oil to deliver the same amount of essential fatty acids to the tissues. Krill oil also has choline which allows for even better tissue absorption. Choline is also necessary for the production of neurotransmitters which are essential for nerve signaling and muscle function. In addition to all these, only krill oil has astaxanthin, a natural antioxidant that prolongs the shelf life of krill oil so there is no need for additional preservatives.
The omega 3s from krill oil are bound to phospholipids as opposed to omega 3s derived from fish oil, which are bound to triglycerides. As a result, the krill oil omega 3s are more bioavailable in the body, and there is no fishy aftertaste or “burp-back” often associated with fish oil.
Lastly, the krill from which krill oil is harvested come from the cleanest oceans. These small, shrimp-like crustaceans are at the bottom of the food chain so there is no build-up of toxins and pesticides compared to larger fish. Krill oil is thus a better source of omega-3 fatty acids compared to fish oil.
Krill oil is available as Daiwa Krill Oil and Daiwa Super Krill Oil through Daiwa Health Development.
*** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Daiwa Health Development does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. ***
Repstad, Thomas. “Did You Know That Krill Oil Is More Fish Than Fish Oil?” Superba Krill, 7 Jan. 2019, www.superbakrill.com/blog/did-you-know-that-krill-oil-is-more-fish-than-fish-oil.
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