For my first post, I wanted to share with you some things I learned today while shopping for my first ever krill oil supplement. Click here to learn what health benefits krill oil provides.
First and foremost, there has been a debate as to whether krill oil or fish oil is a better supplement for those seeking to add omega-3 EFAs to their diet. While a high quality product of either krill or fish oil is great, there are several advantages to krill oil that make it superior, in my opinion.
Both krill oil and fish oil, contain the omega-3 fatty acids that are required for life, and essential for the human body to thrive. The omega-3s found in krill oil are in the form of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexonoic acid (DHA), whereas in fish oil, theses fats are present in the triglyceride form. EPA and DHA have a double-chain phospholipid structure and the fats in our bodies human cell walls are in the phospholipid form. This means that EPA/DHA are much more easily absorbed by our bodies than the omega-3s that are found in fish oil. When it comes to supplements, absorbability of their constituents is crucial because after all: what’s important is not how many milligrams of a supplement you take, but how much of that supplement your body actually assimilates.
Another advantage of krill oil is that it contains a very powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin (the red-pink substance found in certain fishes like salmon). This unique substance actually bonds together with the krill oil’s omega 3s (EPA and DHA) and helps the body metabolize them, making them even more bioavailable to our bodies. Fish oil, on the other does not contain astaxanthin, and contains far less antioxidants overall than krill oil (about 48 times less). Antioxidants play an important role in keeping us young and fighting those free radicals caused from our toxic environment and poor eating habits.
With all that said, let’s go over some tips on how to pick a high quality krill oil supplement:
1. Make sure the brand specifies where the krill is from and what type of krill it is (the more specific a company is on where it’s products are sourced, the more you can trust them)
2. Look for adequate amounts of phospholipids: > 200 mgs per pill (these facilitate the absorption of the key health-promoting elements of the krill oil)
3. Look for adequate amounts of astaxanthin: > .60 mgs per pill (these are the unique antioxidant that help our body scavenge unwanted free-radicals)
4. Look for adequate amounts of EPA: > 75 mgs per pill
5. Look for adequate amounts of DHA: > 40 mgs per pill
6. Check for an IKOS (The International Kish Oil Standards Program) rating. Look for a 5 star rated product.