If you’ve been reaping the benefits of krill oil for a while, your friends and family have probably asked at least one of the following questions:
- Krill? What’s that?
- Is krill oil different than fish oil?
- Why take krill oil?
If you’re new to krill oil, then you’ve probably stumbled upon Artic Flex by doing a Google-search of those questions.
Look no further.
By the end of this article you’ll not only know why krill oil beats fish oil, but you’ll also have three ready-to-go answers the next time someone asks you about your krill oil regimen.
It’s time to be a joint health rockstar.
Reason #1: Krill oil is the better environmental choice (for the earth and your body).
First and foremost, it’s good to know the basics on our little crustacean friends. You might be surprised how many people don’t know what they are.
Although krill might not be the typical item on the menu at your local seafood restaurant, this crustacean species takes up the most mass of any animal on the planet at 300,000 million metric tons in the Antarctic Ocean.
That’s the equivalent of about 29,126,213,592 school buses!
The fact that there are so many krill in the Antarctic isn’t the only factor that contributes to the fact that they are a sustainable choice: the Antarctic Ocean is carefully and strictly regulated concerning krill harvesting.
Artic Flex’s formula includes krill oil that is sourced by Neptune Technologies, the leading and number one krill oil company that is a Certified Friend of the Sea.
Nutritional Benefits of Environmental Sustainability
Krill are tiny animals that are located at the bottom of the food chain in the Antarctic. This low-ranked position allows krill to play an important role not only in keeping other sea creatures fed and nourished, but also by delivering nutrients that are low in toxicity, pollutants, and contaminants.
We’ll speak on specific nutrients below but, when it comes to krill’s less toxic nutritional profile, this mostly has to do with the pristine conditions and high environmental standards of the Antarctic!
Fish oil that is harvested from fisheries may have strict regulations, but it is definitely hard to compete and come across a rival to the wilderness that is the Antarctic Ocean.
Reason #2: Krill oil has a unique, naturally occurring antioxidant called astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin isn’t very popular (yet), but it has a powerful punch when it comes to fighting oxidative stress within your body. If you’re not familiar with the term “oxidative stress,” it is essentially the damaging process that anti-oxidants fight. For a more complete look, check out this video here.
This antioxidant is a carotenoid and gives krill their red hue. Carotenoids are a classification of pigments that are also found in other red or pink animals like flamingos and salmon.
Most people know that antioxidants are very beneficial to our bodies, especially the immune system. Astaxanthin has been found to go a step further and protect the omega-3 fatty acids within the krill oil from oxidizing, too!
In other words, part of the reason krill oil is so effective at combating oxidative stress and supporting joint health is that astaxanthin helps preserve the nutrients for your body to use.
Speaking of usability, let’s move onto the third reason why krill oil may be a superior choice for your supplemental regimen.
Reason #3: Krill oil’s omega-3 fatty acids are more bioavailable than fish oil’s.
Bioavailability is a fairly common word used in nutrition and health–all it really refers to is the usability of the nutrients in the foods you eat.
If you’ve compared the supplement fact labels between fish oil and krill oil, you might have noticed something a little fishy: the levels of EPA and DHA (that is, omega-3 fatty acids) in fish oil tend to be higher than in krill oil. Logically, this leads people to believe that they’re getting more omega-3s with fish oil.
It makes sense: more omega-3’s in the capsule mean more omega-3’s in the body…right?
Well, not really. In fact, researchers have found that krill oil is more effective in reducing levels of markers associated with hyperactivity of the immune system (one example is swelling of the joints) at half the amount of omega-3’s!
Said another way, krill oil is so usable by our bodies that you can take half the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and have the same effect.
What makes krill oil more bioavailable than fish oil?
It’s all about their structure.
Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids are attached to triglycerides whereas krill oil omega-3’s are attached to phospholipids.
The difference between triglycerides and phospholipids may not sound particularly ground-breaking…but they are a crucial reason as to why researchers believe krill oil is more bioavailable than fish oil.
Instead of doing a deep dive into the particulars of biology and chemistry, all you need to know is that phospholipids allow your body’s cells to use the nutrients in krill oil better and more fully as opposed to just “passing through” into your toilet bowl.
Here’s the big takeaway
Krill oil is the more efficient and environmentally sustainable alternative to fish oil.
From lower levels of toxicity to more usability of its nutrients, krill oil may be a great supplement to your daily routine.
Kickstart your joint health today doing these two things now
#1 Support your joint’s cells by providing it nutrients
If you experience chronic joint pain, getting in a daily amount of omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin might help. Talk to your primary care physician or orthopedist to see if Artic Flex Krill Oil is the next step for you.
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