Krill are tiny crustaceans that feed on nutrient-packed phytoplankton on the bottom of the ocean.
When consumed, krill are high in the omega 3 healthy fats.
Krill oil is slowly becoming more popular for its high concentration of healthy fats. But, can it top fish oil as a healthy fat supplement?
- There is likely not enough EPA and DHA to make a medical difference in supplementation for lowering cholesterol. Many health professionals recommend an intake of 500 to 2000 mg of EPA and DHA daily to see heart health benefits.
- Cost: Krill oil is more expensive than fish oil. The cheapest is about $20 for 90 capsules, but you have to take multiple daily to get more benefits. By comparison, you can buy a 150 capsule bottle of fish oil for $10.
- Krill may or may not be an ecologically sound choice: some say that the supplementation companies are harvesting too many krill, and now the whale population (whales eat the krill) is in danger. Others say krill is very ecologically sound because the population is thriving and we only use a supposed 2% for human consumption. The best option would be to be a sustainably made brand of any supplement.
Krill Oil Positives
- The cost is high for a supplement, but it is still cheaper than medications and doctor visits.
- Source of antioxidants: Krill oil contains astaxanthin–the name for the specific antioxidant that has the same health benefits of those antioxidants found in carrots, peppers, and salmon.
- Slightly better absorption: Don’t believe the claims that say krill oil has ten times better absorption. It is closer to 150% better.
- Can still help to lower triglycerides and improve health. Even if krill oil does not have all the DHA and EPA of fish oil, supplementing can still improve your health. I experimented with my Father, and his cholesterol did not lower with krill oil, but his triglycerides did lower!
Krill oil has its benefits, but does not contain enough EPA and DHA to be as potent as marketers like to promote.
Try supplementing with a higher ratio of fish oil to krill oil, and check with your doctor as well.
Have you taken krill oil and experienced results?