Also known as Euphausia superba, krill oil is a pure and natural source of Omega 3 oil (an essential fatty acid) and provides high levels of phospholipids. Notably, it also contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which sets krill oil apart from traditional fish oils.
People tend to use krill oil for the same reasons that they use fish oil, flaxseed oil or other Omega 3 fatty acids. However, unlike fish oil, krill oil does not cause fishy burps or leave an after-taste!
Our high grade Antarctic Krill Oil capsules contain krill oil that is sourced exclusively from sustainable fisheries in the Antarctic, through our partners Aker BioMarine™, who work with World Wildlife Foundation Norway to ensure sustainable krill harvesting.
The nutrients in this krill oil supplement may be useful for supporting:
- mental and physical health
- antioxidant levels
- heart health
- joint health and flexibility
- healthy hair, skin and nails
- healthy weight management
- muscle recovery and growth
- and more.
More about the ingredients...
Krill oil is derived from small shrimp-like marine crustaceans found in oceans around the world, but they are most common in cold-water oceans, such as the Antarctic and North Pacific. There are 18 species and an estimated 500 - 750 million tonnes of krill worldwide. This makes them the most significant biomass of animals in the world! They are a staple food for fish, whales, sharks, seals, penguins and other sea birds.
Krill eat phytoplankton (microscopic plant life). Unlike many fish, one of the key benefits of krill is that they are low enough on the food chain so that they do not pose a threat of containing mercury.
Omega 3 oils, essential fatty acids (EFAs) and phospholipids
Omega oils are a type of "good" fat that is required for a healthy body and mind, but which tends to be missing from the typical Western diet.
There are 2 types of essential fatty acids: Omega 6 and Omega 3. They are referred to as "essential" because the body is unable to manufacture them itself and so your EFA requirements must be met through diet or supplementation.
Essential fatty acids are currently one of the most researched health products in terms of their potential health benefits. In particular, they have been linked to a wide range of processes in the body including: hormonal balance, blood pressure, heart function, cholesterol levels, body temperature, weight management, skeletal health, cognitive function, mood, skin, hair, nails and more.
Provided they are eating a balanced diet, most people tend to get adequate amounts of Omega 6 from their food, but not enough Omega 3. Omega 3 oils are generally found in coldwater fatty fish, deep green vegetables and some grains and seeds.
Our hunter/gatherer ancestors had a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of about 5:1, but because of modern food processing and changes in our diet, the ratio today is closer to 24:1. It is also very difficult to get enough Omega 3 fatty acids from food alone, and to compound the problem, Omega oils are very fragile and can easily be destroyed by heating / cooking and processing.
As mentioned above, krill oil also provides high levels of phospholipids - another type of good fat. Your body is made up of cells, but what makes up those cells? Phospholipids are important molecules that provide structure and protection to cells - the very basic units of life.
Antioxidants, astaxanthin and free radicals
Antioxidants are natural substances, which are believed to help stabilise reactive molecules called "free radicals".
These harmful molecules occur naturally in the body (as a result of natural biological processes, such as breathing) and we are learning more and more all the time about the damaging effects that they can have on our cells.
Other external factors, such as pollution, chemical additives, stress, exercise, sunlight and illness can also all increase free radical production. At the same time, our diet tends to contain fewer fresh fruits and vegetables than previously, both of which are natural sources of antioxidants.
For optimal health and well-being, there needs to be a balance between free radicals and antioxidants within the body.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that want to achieve a stable state and they have two ways of doing this: they can either steal an electron from other substances, or an antioxidant can donate an electron to them. If there is a shortage of antioxidants in the body, the free radicals have no choice but to steal electrons from other substances, turning them into free radicals as well, and thereby creating an imbalance and a viscious circle of free radical production.
Through damage to, or the destruction of, our cells, free radicals have been linked to the ageing process, as well as ill-health. It is therefore essential to ensure a steady supply of antioxidants to our body.
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid, which belongs to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenes. It is also one of nature’s most potent antioxidants. Like many carotenoids, astaxanthin is a colourful pigment (red / pink) and is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans and the feathers of some birds.