by Dr. Bill Rawls
Last Updated 10/25/16
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for many processes of the body and may help reduce inflammation in the body. Tremendous research has shown the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, including support of heart health, cognitive function, and cell membrane function.
That said, it’s important to note that not all omega-3 supplements are created equally. If you’re taking a supermarket brand fish oil, you may be surprised to learn that the product may be causing more harm than good.
Fish oil is temperature sensitive and highly susceptible to spoilage. Additionally, oxidation can easily occur during the manufacturing process or when the product sits on the shelf too long (as is the case with many fish oils on the market).
3 ways that krill outshines fish oil
Krill, a minute shrimp harvested in Antarctica, has become Vital Plan’s top EFA supplement recommendation for a number of important reasons.
1. It’s more easily absorbed.
The Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in Pacific krill species are in phospholipid form, which is more stable than those found in fish. This means the fats will be more readily absorbed and utilized by the body, which translates into smaller doses and no fishy taste—ever.
2. It’s more temperature-stable.
Krill Oil also has a more stable shelf life (it’s more temperature stable) with a much lower risk of spoilage than fish oil.
3. It contains a natural antioxidant called astaxanthin.
Krill oil contains a natural antioxidant called astaxanthin. Astaxanthin benefits include cardiovascular support and anti-inflammatory benefits. Astaxanthin is the pink color found in shrimp and salmon.