Krill Oil Vs. Fish OIl
Are you confused about which fishy oil you should be taking? Krill oil? Fish oil? Wondering what the difference between these omega-3-filled oils is?
Omega-3 fatty acids like krill and fish oil get a lot of hype in the health and nutrition world. They are both boasted as being superfoods and healthy fats that we should be getting more of. Below, we will look at both oils, their similarities, differences and which you should be taking.
What is Krill Oil?
Krill oil comes from a tiny shrimp-like crustacean that lives in the cold icy Antarctic waters. They are found in large numbers in every ocean. Its main health benefit is its rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These omega-3 fatty acids are important to our health. In addition to these omega-3 fatty acids, krill oil also contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant, as well as the nutrient choline.
Krill oil is said to have a higher concentration of EPA, and people report that there is less fish burping that commonly comes with taking fish oil supplements. In addition, the omega-3s in krill oil are packaged differently from fish oils. They are packaged in a way that makes it easier for the body to absorb. Manufacturers claim the absorption rate is up to 60% better, meaning you can take less capsules to get the desired benefits. For example, people taking fish oil to treat arthritis may need to take between 9 and 14 capsules a day. However, krill oil’s higher absorption rate means they would only need to take 1 capsule for the same desired effect.
Some other benefits of krill oil include:
- Linked with reducing arthritis pain and symptoms
- Prevents heart disease and other cardiovascular issues
- Helps to combat inflammation in the body
- May improve concentration
Krill oil and fish oil share most of the same benefits, however, krill oil is said to be able to be able to benefit you faster and better.
What is Fish OiL?
Fish Oil is extracted from fish such as halibut, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, cod and albacore tuna. Like krill oil, it is also rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Fish oil has many of the same benefits that krill oil is said to have. Some of the known benefits of fish oil include:
- Helps maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure
- Prevents and treats heart disease
- Reduces discomfort and morning stiffness resulting from rheumatoid arthritis
- Helps with cramping and pain from periods
Research on fish oil has been going on for the last 50 years therefore many of fish oil’s health benefits have been proven. Krill oil, on the other hand, is still relatively new. Therefore, there has not been thousands of studies such as fish oil has received. So which one is better to take?
The studies that krill oil has received have shown excellent results so far such as on lipid lowering and arthritic pain reduction. Krill oil has also been said to work faster, and include over 300 times the antioxidant power of vitamin A and E, something that fish oil has little of. We feel krill oil is becoming the champion in the battle between the omega-3’s.
However, the bottom line is that including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is an excellent addition to your anti-aging regime, whether that be fish oil or krill oil.
In addition to the benefits we discussed here, krill oil has many other suggested health benefits that can help you be healthier, happier, younger and stronger.
Here are some more of the suggested benefits krill oil has to offer:
- Improves cholesterol
- Reduces joint pain in patients with arthritis
- The omega-3s, phospholipids and antioxidants can slow or prevent aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s
- May boost brain health, including focus, memory, and alertness
- May improve eye health, driven by the antioxidant, astaxathin found in krill oil.
Do you take fish oil or krill oil? Have you taken both?
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