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 omega 3.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 endangered whales?
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.
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.
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.