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What is Krill Oil

Krill Oil 101

Superba KrillTM oil comes from the Antarctic krill species Euphausia Superba. Krill are small shrimp-like crustaceans packed full of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), phospholipids, choline and astaxanthin.  

About the same size as an average paper clip, krill spend most of their life feeding on microscopic algae and play a key role in the oceans ecosystem, being an integral part of the survival of many marine species.  

What makes it unique

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Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA

These essential fatty acids are one of the most researched nutrients, with a wide range of health benefits for your heart, eyes, liver and brain.

Phospholipids

Phospholipids help omega-3s integrate into the cell membranes and may be a better delivery form to the body’s organs than other marine oils.

Choline

Choline is an essential nutrient vital for many body functions such as nerve signaling, liver and muscle functioning. Our body can't make enough, therefore we must obtain it from our diet.

Astaxanthin

This natural antioxidant gives krill oil its beautiful red color. It also protects the oil from oxidation, eliminating the need to add preservatives.

The phospholipid factor

One of the fundamental advantages of krill oil is that its omega-3s are mainly bound to phospholipids, whereas fish oil’s are bound to triglycerides. 

This important distinction has different implications for the absorption, function and health effects of the omega-3s that you consume.

Consequently, it allows for a wider range of messaging opportunities to target different areas of health.

Powered by these phospholipids, Superba Krill ensures that omega-3s EPA & DHA are delivered to parts of the body that need them the most, such as the brain, heart, eyes and liver. 

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Small Capsules

Phospholipids make krill oil’s omega-3s more bio-efficient and stable. This allows for smaller capsules when used in supplements. 

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No fishy aftertaste

Krill oil’s phospholipid bound omega-3s mix well with stomach contents, preventing fishy aftertaste and other unpleasant digestive issues. 

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Efficient mechanism of action

When compared with triglyceride bound omega-3s, studies show that less phospholipid bound omega-3s are required to reach equal bioavailability in the body’s cells and organs. 

Check out this video to see the phospholipid factor in action!

Where does krill oil come from?

Krill are present in most oceans around the world, however, they come together in huge swarms in Antarctica to feed on microscopic algae. This makes it possible to harvest this powerful and nutrient rich little crustacean. Living in the pristine and unpolluted waters of the Southern Ocean means Antarctic krill are virtually free of environmental contaminants and toxins.

The sustainability of the krill fishery and the Antarctic eco-system is our top priority to ensure minimal impact on the marine species who live there. Read more about our sustainable harvesting practices.

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