Krill Oil Versus Fish Oil

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Krill Oil Versus Fish Oil

If you want to optimise your health and overall vitality, you should consider Bill And Ben’s Beneficial Antarctic Krill Oil.

A blue krill

Bill & Ben’s beneficial Brill Krill capsules and the oil inside them contain essential fatty acids, which your body can’t produce on its own.

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) as well as phospholipids and the all-important antioxidant. Ataxanthin not found in traditional fish oil. These components benefit us in many ways, particularly helping support our mood, brain, vision, heart, immune function and metabolism.

What is krill oil?

Krill oil is a high potency source of omega-3 fatty acids. However, where does it come from & what is Krill? Named from the Norwegian word krill meaning “young fry of fish”, Krill are tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans that live in oceans around the globe. They may be small; however, krill make up the world’s most abundant biomass, (The total species’ biomass weighs a whopping 420 million metric tons)!

Of the eighty-five species of Krill around the world, Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) is the largest and most dominant. They tend to live in deep waters with low accumulations of toxins and other contaminants. It is one of the essential qualities that make Antarctic krill the most desirable source of omega-3s.

Why is krill oil so beneficial?

Foods like flax, pumpkin seeds and walnuts contain the omega-3 ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), but this is not the only omega-3 that’s essential for good health (while ALA can convert to DHA, it does so at a meagre rate: around 5%). Omega-3 fatty acids from animals like fish and Krill are absorbed much more efficiently and at far higher levels by our bodies than essential fatty acids (EFAs) from other food sources.

The health benefits of fish and Krill oil primarily come from two types of omega-3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA. Both have been shown to improve heart and brain health, amongst other benefits. However, krill oil is superior to fish oil for a variety of reasons.

Firstly krill oil carries omega-3s in the form of phospholipids (liposomes that deliver the fatty acids directly to the body’s cells). These “good” fats are the safest and most effective carriers of DHA and EPA. Fish oil lacks this phospholipid complex, instead, the omega-3’s attach to triglycerides, which are scientifically proven to be harder for the intestines to absorb and not used as effectively by our body.

The reason why phospholipids are a deal-breaker in the ‘fish oil versus krill oil’ debate is that they are the building blocks of cell membranes. In particular, they regulate cellular transport by functioning as “gate-keepers”. This role, not only acts to protect cell membranes from free radical attack but also works synergistically with the omega-3 fatty acids to facilitate the passage of the fatty acid molecules through the intestinal wall. Ultimately, this process makes the omega-3 fats in high-grade krill oil significantly more ‘bioavailable’ than those in fish oil by allowing DHA and EPA to enter our cells directly. Furthermore, phospholipids that are unique to krill oil improve the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio (most people today consume an over-abundance of omega 6 fats). While some omega 6 fats are known to be beneficial, a balance between these two types of omega oils is crucial to good health.

Unlike fish oil, Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, a potent carotenoid (described as the “ultimate antioxidant”) that has a host of benefits.

A school of Krill.

Antioxidants protect our bodies’ cells from damage caused by free radicals (unstable substances thought to contribute to some chronic diseases and the ageing process). Research has indicated that astaxanthin may be more potent than beta-carotene, vitamin E and lutein, and has been shown to have antioxidant properties over forty times more potent than fish oil.

Contained within the EPA part of the phospholipids, astaxanthin is what gives the krill oil its red colour (just like it does in other crustaceans, like lobsters and shrimp). What sets it apart from other antioxidants, is its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. As such, it can do its excellent work protecting the eye, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage. Similarly, it also protects our skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and the reduction of collagen (hence its anti-ageing properties). Astaxanthin is known to enhance the actions of other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E. It is such an effective free radical scavenger, that it even helps in ensuring the freshness of the krill oil that we produce.

The comparative pureness of krill oil next to fish oil is evident. Studies show that eating fish can potentially expose you to high levels of contamination from industrial pollutants and toxins like mercury, PCBs heavy metals and radioactive poisons. Krill, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the food chain and harvested far from pollution in the deep and pristine waters surrounding Antarctica – purity and quality are foremost in our krill oil. Moreover, there’s certainly no need to worry about fishy burps or aftertaste that some fish oil supplements give you.

Not only are Bill and Ben’s Brill krilL of the highest grade, but it’s also sustainably farmed from fisheries in the Antarctic. Our partners, who harvest Krill on our behalf, are committed to sustainable methods and work closely with World Wildlife Foundation Norway. Krill’s short life spans in combination with their vast biomass, mean that they provide a highly renewable source of omega oils, compared to other omega marine oil supplements on the market.

500mg of omega 3 marine oil is beneficial for:

The Brain
Immune function
Overall good mood
Free radical damage
Central nervous system
Cell reproduction