In my last article, which you can read here, we went into the deep science behind why fish oil is important for your gut. The research has been out for years that points us to the importance of EPA and DHA for not only our brains but our micrbiome.
Today we’re going deep into the world of fish oil. I mean, if you’re going to take it you want it to be effective. In this article we will explore the major differences between Fish Oil and Krill Oil and which one you should be taking!
Sustainability For Both.
You will hear a lot of slander around this topic. Many people will look at you with a fiery passion in their eyes as they vehemently accuse you of stealing whales’ food. That you’re killing free willy for your own gain.
This could not be farther from the actual truth. Let’s talk about the logic here. There are simply NOT enough fish on the planet to provide every man, woman and child with the essential fatty acids they need. It’s a statistical fact. All in all, there are a limited number of fish that would fit the bill of strong Omega 3 fatty acid producers with low toxin levels.
On the other hand Krill is the absolute largest concentration of any species on the planet. There is nothing larger on the earth than the population of Krill in the oceans. This may seem crazy but it’s truth.
ON TOP OF THAT, the harvesting of Krill is strongly regulated by the WWF and other organizations. Only a few percentage points of the krill population is allowed to be harvested each year. Meaning, it’s one of the most regulated foods on the earth.
So, the rhetoric around us stealing whale food is crazy. The organizations that have set out to preserve the earth are masterminding the entire operation and watching it closely. That seems to me to be pretty whale friendly.
More bang for your buck? Krill Oil vs Fish Oil.
There’s a little known fact about Krill that I think every human being should be aware of. Krill has it’s EPA and DHA in a Phospholipid form. I know what you’re thinking, a phospho…who? What did you call me?
Well, this simply means that Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Krill oil are absorbed by your body more easily than that of Fish Oil. What does this come down to? What are the figures you might ask? Why is this important?
First off, have you ever had fish oil burps? Don’t you hate that? Well, with Krill you won’t have that issue at all. Because of Krill being so easily absorb-able by your body it goes directly into your blood stream, and tissues before it has the chance to enter your digestive tract!
Secondly, with Krill you absorb so much more of it. You need less of it to get the same effects than you would for Fish Oil. You would need only 1 gram of Krill Oil to have the same benefits that you would experience from 4-5 grams of Fish Oil! Now, if that’s not enough to know which is better, I don’t know what is!
Thirdly, and lastly, because of the phospholipids you are able to absorb Krill oil so much more easily into areas of the body where it’s needed. The soft tissues of your body and your brain will take the Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Krill readily and without resistance in comparison to its fish oil cousin!
What do flamingos have to do with this?
Why are Flamingos pink? Well, it’s not because of the sun. It’s because of a specific antioxidant called Astaxanthin. Again, I’m not calling you a name or dismissing your sneeze. This is an extremely potent antioxidant that these animals consume on a day to day basis. SO, it causes them to turn pink.
What does it have to do with this article? Well, not much but I thought it was a cool fact. Just kidding. Astaxanthin is the last piece to the puzzle here. We discussed Omega Fatty Acids above in depth. However, we didn’t discuss how prone they are to rancidity.
All Omega Fatty Acids oxidate or are attacked by oxygen easily. As this oxidation happens it causes the oils that contain the Omega 3 fatty acids to go rancid. This rancidity causes the oil to be less effective.
What’s the answer? Astaxanthin! Isn’t that awesome. Essentially, Krill oil has a built in antioxidant (which means to protect from oxidation) to keep it from spoiling! There are not many fish oils that will contain this unique gifting. It’s one of the many reasons Krill is so special.
Krill Wins By A Landslide
As you can tell, I’m biased. I mean, if you dig a little bit under the surface you’ll quickly find that Krill is much more powerful, sustainable and better for you than regular fish oil.
So, I do recommend Krill. I take it literally every day of the week. The Krill that I recommend is Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil. You can click the picture below to get it yourself. It’s the most cost effective and high quality Krill Oil I know.