There are many reasons why krill oil is a standout supplement ingredient and this article will go through the most important ones, starting with the pure and plentiful krill animal and then moving on to the natural complex of nutrients that are found in krill that all work together to support your health; the marine phospholipids of omega-3 EPA & DHA, choline and astaxanthin. Moreover, this article will outline the head to toe benefits of krill oil supported by science, and lastly, we will share how krill oil is both sustainable and traceable.
Here are the top 10 reasons why krill oil is a standout supplement ingredient!
1. A pure source
Krill are small marine crustaceans found throughout the oceans of the world. Krill is mainly harvested in the pristine, icy, untouched waters of the Antarctic Ocean – the cleanest waters on earth. Krill live near the bottom of the food chain which makes them have naturally low levels of environmental contaminants, resulting in a very pure and natural product to support our health.
2. A plentiful source
Antarctic krill is one of the largest biomasses in the world. It has been estimated that around 63 million metric tons of krill live in the cold Antarctic waters. During certain times of year, krill congregate in swarms so dense and widespread that they color the oceans red and can be seen from space!
3. Unique structure
Why should you take krill oil? It comes down to the health benefits of the important nutrients that are found in krill. Krill oil is not just one ingredient – Krill oil is a natural complex of nutrients that all work together to support your health. Krill oil contains marine phospholipids of omega-3 EPA & DHA, choline and astaxanthin.
4. Omega-3s EPA & DHA
Omega-3 EPA and DHA are nutrients vital for overall good health. The health benefits of Omega-3 EPA and DHA are well documented. In fact, Omega-3s are one of the most popular and most researched nutrients in the world with over 9000 studies documenting the positive health effects.
Omega-3s have many different functions in your body and can support your health from a variety of different angles. Much of the research on the health benefits of omega-3 focuses around our heart, joints, liver, and even skin. For optimal health, the goal is to have an Omega-3 Index level of 8% or higher; however, it is estimated that only 3 percent of the world’s population consumes adequate levels of omega-3.
The highest levels of Omega-3 come from countries that consume high levels of seafood like Japan, Greenland, and the Scandinavian nations. The solution for the rest of us is to either include more seafood in our diets or consider omega-3 supplementation. Supplementing with krill oil can help to improve your Omega-3 index level in as little as three months.
5. The choline factor
Choline is an essential nutrient, which means it’s required for normal bodily function and overall health. Although your liver can make small amounts of choline, you must obtain the majority through your diet. Rich sources of choline are found in beef, liver, egg, fish, chicken and milk.
Choline plays a role in a number of vital bodily functions. It impacts liver function, healthy brain development, muscle movement, the nervous system and metabolism. Therefore, adequate amounts are needed for optimal health and to avoid deficiency. According to the American College of Nutrition, 9 out of 10 Americans are not getting the recommended amount of choline every day. The gap between actual consumption and the recommended daily intake of choline is approximately 148 mg daily.
So, what can we do to “fill the gap” and make sure we get an adequate amount of choline? Ensure that you eat foods that are rich in choline and supplement with krill oil to ensure you are getting the amount your body needs to stay healthy.
6. Phospholipids; the krill oil advantage
In addition to containing omega-3s and the essential nutrient, choline; krill oil supplements have something UNIQUE that few other dietary supplements have – the nutrients are delivered in the phospholipid form.
Phospholipids occur naturally in all living organisms including plants, animals, and humans. They are a vital component of cell membranes, which separate the interior of the cells from the outside environment and give cells their structure. They also provide pathways and transport mechanisms for substances that enter and exit our cells. In our diet, phospholipids are needed to support the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.
In krill oil, the omega-3s and choline are already in the phospholipid form, naturally. This facilitates the uptake and distribution of the omega-3 and choline around the body to reach the cell membranes. Because phospholipids are an integral part of all our cell membranes, the omega-3s and choline are more easily incorporated in the cell membranes and can exert their beneficial effects to the parts of the body that needs them the most, like your heart, liver, muscles and other organs.
7. Better consumer experience
Omega-3s from phospholipids are water soluble so they can dissolve easily in your stomach. They won’t linger on the top of the stomach surface, which can cause reflux or fishy aftertaste and burps. Research suggests that the body uses omega-3s from krill oil more efficiently than some other sources, meaning you can receive the maximum benefits while taking smaller and fewer soft gels per day.
8. An astaxanthin boost
Krill Oil also contain astaxanthin, a natural antioxidant that gives krill oil its red color. It’s also a natural preservative that keeps krill oil naturally fresh without the need for artificial preservatives.
9. Head-to-toe benefits, backed by science
Science shows that krill oil has positive effects on the heart, joints, skin, and recovery from exercise. Krill oil also has shown positive effects on cognitive function, eye dryness, liver health, and general overall well-being. These scientific results are supported by our own research and development here at Aker BioMarine and by the larger scientific community as well.
Aker BioMarine has conducted more than 50 studies, among them are 13 clinical studies researching health benefits of krill oil across areas such as heart health, sports, women’s health, and joint health. Current research on krill oil shows promising effects across even more diverse areas such as sports performance and skin care.
10. Sustainable and traceable
The majority of krill comes from the Antarctic Ocean which is under the purview of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), whose goal is to preserve marine life and environmental integrity in and near Antarctica. CCAMLR has set a strict catch limit of 1% of the total krill biomass each year.
Aker BioMarine is the only krill fishery to receive an ‘A’ rating from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and was the first krill fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Sustainability and traceability are a major part of our company DNA. We control our entire supply chain from top to bottom and have the ability to trace each and every batch of krill oil directly back to its origin in the Antarctic Ocean. Aker BioMarine uses its own patented technologies to harvest and produce krill oil in a sustainable way and we partner with organizations worldwide that are dedicated to improving human and planetary health.
Several independent institutions recognize Aker BioMarine as an industry leader in sustainable harvesting and our krill oil carries various independent certification labels.
These 4 bullet points summarize why krill oil is a standout supplement ingredient:
- A Pure and plentiful source: Krill lives near the bottom of the food chain and is harvested in the pristine waters in Antarctica. Krill is a plentiful source as the largest biomass on earth
- Unique structure: Krill oil is a natural complex of nutrients that all work together to support your health, containing marine phospholipids of omega-3 EPA & DHA, choline and astaxanthin
- Head to toe benefits: Science shows that krill oil has positive effects on the heart, joints and skin, as well as recovery from exercise. Krill oil also has shown positive effects on cognitive function, eye dryness, liver health, and general overall well-being
- Sustainable and traceable: Sustainable and accountable fishery adhering to strict quota and environmental limits. We carry various independent certifications highlighting our commitment to improving human and planetary health.