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Fish Oil Vs. Krill Oil: Which Is Better For You?
When you are looking for the best omega-3 supplement, it’s easy to get confused by all the different brands and dosage information out there. Lately, however, something new has come on the horizon that makes matters even more complicated: Krill oil. What exactly is it, and is it better than your regular fish oil supplements? We will clear things up for you so that you can make a more informed choice.
What is krill oil?
Krill oil is extracted from a very tiny, very bottom of the food chain crustacean that lives in the ice cold waters near Antarctica. Krill oil is said to be more nutrient dense than regular fish oil and provide you with the same health benefits that you currently get from fish oil.
The main selling point here is that the omega-3s in krill oil come in a form that is easier for the body to absorb. Krill oil also has another essential nutrient, choline, and antioxidants that fish oil does not have.
How much better does your body absorb krill oil? About 60 percent better. This means fewer capsules need to be taken to get the same health benefits. For example, if you are taking fish oil for your arthritis, it might be between nine and 14 capsules of fish oil a day, where if you were to decide to change to krill oil, you would take only one or two capsules for the same benefits.
Krill oil manufacturers also say that their business is cleaner and safer because it comes from the less contaminated waters around Antarctica. There is also very little, if any, danger of over-harvesting krill as they represent one of the largest biomasses on the planet. If you were to weigh all the krill in the world, it would weight twice as much as the human population.
Unfortunately, due to its location and the process needed to extract krill oil, krill supplements are more expensive than traditional fish oil supplements.
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