Harvested sustainably in the Antarctic ocean, the benefits of Euphausia Superba (Krill) Oil come from the omega 3 fatty acids they contain, specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), as well as the antioxidant astaxanthin which gives the krill oil its distinctive red color, and finally the presence of phospholipids are believed to help the body absorb the DHA and EPA better when compared to fish oil (ref). For comparison, instead of the omega 3 fatty acids being bonded to phospholipids like in krill oil, the omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil are bonded to triglycerides.
The main benefit of krill oil (like most fish oil) is as an anti-inflammatory. This supplement will reduce inflammation, help strengthen the immune system, and prevent decline due to fatty acid imbalances. For example, the standard American diet has an omega-3 to 6 ratio of 1:20 when medical professionals note 1:1 is optimal.
No matter the source of omega 3’s that you get, there is extensive research into the benefits they provide for cognitive function, heart health, and joint health.
1-3 grams per day is the recommended serving. This usually breaks down into 1000 mg DHA and 500 mg EPA for 1500 mg total. Make sure that you look on the label so that you can get the right amount of DHA and EPA. Luckily, with krill oil you will need even smaller doses because of the high absorption rate.
DO NOT take if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish. While our krill oil is harvested with the most efficient methods possible, it is better to avoid use if you are allergic.
Krill oil was shown to have a very high toxicity in rats with no adverse side effects with large intake (ref); suggests that the toxicity level is very high in humans. DO NOT take if you have an allergy to fish or shellfish.