Krill Oil Vs Fish Oil
Yes, there’s a new player in town. The fishes can’t say that their oil is the healthiest of all among the sea dwelling creatures anymore. The humans have now found another creature where its oil seems to be more concentrated with EPA and DHA and has pronounced it the next health oil king. However, much controversy exists about whether the health benefits of krill oil is much superior than fish oil.
These shrimp-like crustaceans only as long as your finger has been found to be the upcoming best thing when it comes to healthy oil supplements. These little critters are packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids, namely EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
And that’s not the only advantage that they have to offer. The algae that krill eats is loaded with an antioxidant called astaxanthin. This antioxidant is also stored in the body of krill which means that when the oil is extreacted, the antioxidant comes along with it. Antioxidants are essential for our health. They react with oxidizing agents in our body and prevent these oxidizing agents from causing cell damage. The part of the body especially vulnerable to this is the brain. Antioxidants also help prevent several diseases such as Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Plus, yes there’s more, krill oil capsules don’t give you that disgusting taste and burping as a side effect upon taking them.
Krill Oil Vs Fish Oil
Then, is there any good left in fish oil?
Traditionally, the oil from fish are extracted and made into capsules to be consumed for health benefits. Due to the abundance of fish accross the ocean compared to krill, it is more economically viable to manufacture fish oil than krill oil. This then translates to fish oil costing only 20% of krill oil. And that’s the same concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that you might get.
But what about the contamination in fish oil that exists which I hear so much about? Indeed, it is true that higher along the marine food chain there is the amount of metals in their bodies that we have to be worried about. However, any licensed manufacturer of fish oil will have rigorous decontamination processes in place. This is a basic, if not a definite requirement they will need to have if they are to be licensed and will be regulated by a government health administration.
And it is said that in the extraction process of krill, there is no decontamination process. And this might sounds worrying to some people as this means we are unsure whether krill oil is completely safe to take.
What about the evidence behind these?
There has been some research done on krill oil. The results do look promising. Especially its results on cholestrol and blood glucose. As you can see from the table above, krill oil seems to be significantly more potent in lowering bad cholestrol (LDL Cholestrol) and increasing good cholestrol (HDL cholestrol). Even people who suffer from diabetes can potentially benefit from taking krill oil instead of fish oil.
But, we still have to be wary of such “scientific evidence”. Just like any other health product on the market, there is much controversy about newly launched products. The main reason lays with the fact that all newly discovered products such as krill oil needs sponsors for any scientific research to be conducted. And such sponsors quite often are financial organizations interested in making money after the product is released. Ultimately, they are the ones who decide what results are published and what is not.