Fish oil tends to get all the press these days, with people touting its benefits to the body. It is true that fish oil is very good for your health, thanks in no small part to the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants in the oil.
That being said, there is another option and it comes in the form of krill oil, which has several decisive advantages over fish oil.
What are these advantages? Here are just a few.
First, fish oil is great for your body but fish oil comes from predatory fish. The more fish a predatory fish eats, the more fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids it stores. The higher up the food chain, the more fish oil you get from the fish.
The problem with this is that the more fish a fish eats, the more likely there are toxins in the fish oils, toxins that can be harmful to humans in high enough numbers.
With krill oil, you are eating the oil from the base life form in the ocean. There is very little, practically no, toxins found in krill oil as a result. Small fish eat krill and shrimp, then are eaten by bigger fish and so on. Why eat the oil from the bigger fish when you can just eat the krill oil directly?
Another big benefit to krill oil is that our bodies can absorb the omega-3 fatty acids from krill oil much easier when compared with fish oil. This is because the majority of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid found in krill oil are bound by phospholipids. The properties of phospholipids allow them to dissolve easily in water, and that makes them easier to absorb and therefore, faster acting for our bodies.
Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids are attached to triglycerides, which do not dissolve easily in water. This means that a small amount of krill oil will give you the same benefits as a large amount of fish oil. This claim has been backed up by research. In a study published in 2011, it was found that three grams of krill oil, and 1.8 grams of fish oil, will raise the blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids by the same degree.
In addition, krill oil also has a higher concentration of astaxanthin, which is an anti-oxidant that comes from the algae that the krill consume. This is what gives krill and shrimp their pink color.
One report has even found that not only is krill oil better at helping us fight cancer than fish oil, but it also helps to lower blood fats and raise the amount of good cholesterol in our bodies. Another study of 120 people with high blood cholesterol found that two grams of krill oil, versus three grams of fish oil, was far more effective at lowing bad cholesterol.
So, forget about getting fish oil. You get a larger bang for your buck when you take krill oil. The right match for your body and your health.