Fish Oil Vs Krill Oil - What's the Difference?
by Susan Goodwin
Recently, it has been found that there might just be another source that can give as
much or maybe more omega 3 than it. This has lead some to say krill is some kind
of miracle, and others to say it is just a marketing gimmick to sell you the latest fad.
Krill and fish oil - what they can do
Both of them are each believed to potentially help reduce inflammation, promote
heart health and cardiovascular health, help elevate mood levels, promote fat loss
and more. All these benefits stem from the one thing they have in common - omega
3 fatty acids. They are also both natural supplements that can be safely taken
everyday without any unwanted side effects.
Does krill oil have more antioxidants?
What is notable in krill that makes many people believe that it might be better than
fish is that it contains more antioxidants than some but not all brands of fish oil.
These antioxidants such as astaxanthin are readily absorbed into the body, providing
health benefits. Some of the best brands of fish oil, however, contain added
astaxanthin and deliver more of it than krill oil does. So those brands of oils are
better than krill if you use this measurement of astaxanthin antioxidants.
Krill oil May Contain Additional Vitamins A and D
Aside from its antioxidant content, krill supplement is also found to contain vitamins A
and D which are absent in fish oil. This could be good or bad, depending on whether
you are already taking a multivitamin that already has enough vitamin A and D. If so,
some people may be getting too much now, if their krill oil contains additional
amounts. Ask your doctor if too much A and D might not be a good thing at all.
In spite of the new fad, many people still seem to stick with good old reliable tried
and proven fish oil supplements. Here are some reasons why:
Insufficient evidence and possible extinction of krill?
Although the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids have already been established,
krill has not been as extensively researched as fish oil. More importantly, there is
some reason to believe that krill might become an endangered species - consuming
them and using them for oil might actually not be good for the environment. This is
also the food of whales so the question arises: are we taking away food from
Krill oil is expensive
Currently, there are only a few reputable health companies who manufacture krill oil.
As of today, krill oil is often more expensive than fish oil. This means you will need to
spend more money on a supplement that has far fewer studies to demonstrate
whether it really gives health benefits equal to fish oil.
Fish oil has all the important omega 3 fatty acids
Although krill oil is said to contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil is still
superior in terms of levels of important omega 3 acids such as EPA and DFA. This
means that the actual benefits and the desired effects might potentially be better
experienced with fish oil.
Fish oil vs. krill oil - the verdict
Looking at the debate above, paying more for krill oil may or may not be as great for
consumers as some salesmen claim. I have nothing against it but I feel the jury is still
out. This means that for now, you can maybe pay more to buy krill supplements,
and possibly take food away from endangered whales, and maybe get too much
vitamin A and D... or you can stick with tested and proven fish oil until more studies
are done on krill oil.
It is also important to remember that some of the very best brands of fish, such as
the brand I take myself, have added astaxanthin antioxidants and the result is that
they have this ingredient in higher amounts than krill oil has. So you are getting the
best of everything without any of the doubts.
These statements are not medical advice and have not been evaluated by the Food
and Drug Administration. Supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,
mitigate or prevent any disease.
About The Author
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Why not have the kind that is a more pure and more concentrated, and has more
DHA and EPA and more Omega-3 and more of everything you want from the
supplement? That is the kind you want to know more about, the that I
take myself after trying every kind I could find.
There are reports saying that there is
a new omega 3 supplement in town
to challenge the highly respected and
reliable oil supplement - that new
product is krill oil. But is there really
much difference? Let's look at more
about the fish oil vs. krill oil debate
and know the facts.
It has clearly established its prowess
as a supplement. In hopes to make
the most out of the health benefits
omega 3 in it can provide, research
studies have been performed to
come up with supplements that are
more potent and will give more
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