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What is krill oil and why should you care?

Omega-3 Phospholipids krill oil

6 min. read



We know that omega-3s are among some of the most important nutrients to support long-term health, but with all the options to choose from, how do we know which solution is best?

The answer is simple - krill oil!


One of the best ways to get the adequate amount of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, is in the form of oily fish, but supplementing with a marine based omega-3 that contains EPA and DHA (such as krill oil) will also help you to efficiently raise your omega-3 levels.


Krill oil is an excellent solution − it’s sustainable, traceable and comes from some of the cleanest waters on earth in Antarctica. And did we mention that it’s unlike other omega-3 options when it comes to its composition and unique key nutrients? Plus it offers a range of health benefits for the heart, joints, brain, skin, eyes and liver.


Krill - small in size but big in benefits

Let’s take a journey to the Southern Ocean in Antarctica to better understand krill. Krill, a species of zooplankton invertebrates, exist in every ocean around the globe. Antarctic Krill, also known as Euphausia Superba, are among the largest of the 85 known krill species and make up one of the world’s largest single species marine biomass. They move in huge swarms throughout Antarctic waters and feed on microscopic algae and their swarms are so dense and widespread that they can be seen from space.


Weighing in less than an ounce and no bigger than an average paper clip (approximately 2 inches in length), krill might be small in size, but are big when it comes to health benefits.


Krill oil: a marine phospholipid complex

As a marine phospholipid complex, krill’s multitude of benefits comes from its health promoting nutrients: omega-3 (EPA & DHA), phospholipids, choline and astaxanthin.


Omega-3s EPA & DHA are essential fatty acids, otherwise known as the “good fats”. They are also widely researched nutrients among the scientific community.


Phospholipids known as the “molecule of life” are essential to our health. As natural, integral parts of cells, phospholipids help maintain the strength, flexibility, and integrity of cells and cell membranes.


Choline is an essential nutrient for overall health and healthy body function. While choline needs to be obtained from our diet, with support from supplementation with krill oil, we can reach optimum levels which is important in helping to support our vital organs such as the heart, muscles, and liver.


And let’s not forget about astaxanthin, the natural antioxidant that gives krill oil its red color. It protects krill oil from oxidation and eliminates the need to add artificial preservatives.


The phospholipid advantage

Some sources of omega-3s in triglyceride or ethyl-ester form must be processed in the liver before they can be taken up by the cells and used by the body. Krill oil, on the other hand, has a uniquephospholipid form allowing the nutrients to be delivered to the places that need them the most. In fact, there is no other supplement that provides these vital nutrients in such an efficient delivery form that krill oil can.


Check out the video to get an overview of why phospholipid omega-3s from krill oil are so great:




Our body is composed of trillions of cells and each cell is wrapped in a membrane called the phospholipid bilayer that provides structure, enables nutrient uptake, energy production and countless vital functions, that form the basis for life.


Krill oil phospholipids ensure superior transport, delivery, and integration of omega-3s and choline directly into the cell’s bilayer. This is the krill oil phospholipid advantage.


This advantage benefits every cell and organ in our bodies including the heart, brain, liver, muscles and even skin. 


Want to get a better idea of the health benefits of krill oil? Check out "Krill oil benefits 101". With krill oil, you are ensuring a solid foundation for your cells to function at their best, helping to promote good overall health and wellness.


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