Omega-Krill oil is a pure and natural source of Omega 3 oil (an essential fatty acid) and provides high levels of phospholipids – a fundamental component of human cell membranes. Notably, it also contains the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, which sets krill oil apart from traditional fish oils.
- healthy heart
- healthy cholesterol levels
- hormonal balance
- cognitive function (memory / mental ability)
- stable moods
- inflammatory conditions
- healthy hair, skin and nails
- helping to maintain hormonal levels
- weight loss.
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 – common side effects of fish oil.
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.
More about krill oil, antioxidants and essential fatty acids…
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 and essential fatty acids (EFAs)
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 (EFAs): Omega 6 fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids. They are referred to as “essential” because the body is unable to manufacture them itself and so your EFA requirements must be met through your diet or through supplementation.
Essential fatty acids are currently one of the most researched health products and science has demonstrated their wide-ranging potential health benefits. In particular, they are important because they are instrumental in many body functions, including in relation to hormones, blood pressure, heart function, cholesterol, 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.
Antioxidants, astaxanthin and free radicals
Antioxidants are natural substances, which are believed to help stabilise highly reactive molecules referred to as “free radicals”.
Free radicals are unstable molecules that want to achieve a stable state and have 2 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 a viscious circle of free radical production.
Free radicals occur naturally in the body 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.
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 colorful pigment (red / pink) and is found in microalgae, yeast, salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, crustaceans and the feathers of some birds.