Krill Oil vs Fish Oil

Krill oil is a more effective source of Omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil

Both krill oil and fish oil contain Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA), but there is a vast difference.

Consider the following:

Krill Oil

Fish Oil

  • Rapidly absorbed by the body
    Omega-3 fatty acids are bound to phospholipids - the same format used by our cells - so they are more easily transferred to the cells where they can get to work.
  • More slowly absorbed by the body
    Omega-3 fatty acids are in triglyceride form, and need to be broken down by the body and then reassembled in order for it to meet our cell's needs.
  • No pollutants, minimal processing
  • Undergoes harsh and extensive processing to remove toxic pollutants
  • No fishy aftertaste or odour
  • Distasteful fishy reflux
  • Naturally rich in the potent antioxidant Astaxanthin

Percentage increase of plasma EPA and DHA after the consumption of the same amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of Superba krill oil in comparison to fish oil after 4 weeks (1) or 7 weeks (2)

1. Maki, K. C., Reeves, M. S., Farmer, M., Griinari, M., Berge, K., Vik, H., Hubacher, R., and Rains, T. M. (2009) Krill oil supplementation increases plasma concentrations of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in overweight and obese men and women. Nutr Res 29, 609-615 2. Ulven, S. M., Kirkhus, B., Lamglait, A., Basu, S., Elind, E., Haider, T., Berge, K., Vik, H., and Pedersen, J. I. (2011) Metabolic effects of krill oil are essentially similar to those of fish oil but at lower dose of EPA and DHA, in healthy volunteers. Lipids 46, 37-46

Krill Oil & Fish Oil Production Process Comparison