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Antarctic Krill Oil Review – 8 Things You May Not Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | Ingredients | Benefits | Cautions | Price | How To Take | Verdict

Antarctic Krill Oil is a concentrated source of Omega-3s which can help with the health of your heart, eyes, and brain. This IKOS 5 Star Certified oil is sold by Sports Research, a company from San Pedro, California. The company has an interesting feature where you can track your purchase. You can view certificates of analysis and third party testing. This can enable you to know if the label on each product is accurate. Note that krill is a crustacean, so people with shellfish allergies should avoid this.


1) What is Antarctic Krill Oil?

Each serving contains 1000 mg of krill oil with 128 mg EPA and 60 mg DHA. This is noticeably lower than most high quality fish oil supplements. Sports Research claims that krill oil is better recognized by the body than algae or fish oil, partly because of phospholipids. These are a class of lipids found in cell membranes, and found in some drugs for improved bioavailability. It’s not clear if phospholipids can help with absolutely everything that’s ingested. If you’re taking medications you may want to ask your doctor before buying a product with phospholipids, as it might increase absorption of that medication.


2) Details on Antarctic Krill Oil Ingredients and Uses

Antarctic Krill Oil contains the following ingredients: Krill Oil, Phospholipids, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, EPA, DHA, Astaxanthin

3) Does Antarctic Krill Oil Work and it is Safe?

Capsules have 1000 mg of krill oil, including 230 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. The 128 mg EPA and 60 mg DHA is very low compared to most fish oil products, but this supplement includes 400 mg phospholipids and 1 mg astaxanthin in each capsule. This increases effectiveness and bioavailability, so you’re still getting a good amount of Omega-3s.

Omega-3s are sometimes considered most effective in the young and the old. It helps cognitive function and behavior in children and teens. In older adults it can maintain blood pressure, heart health, memory, and more. It’s definitely important for people of all ages to have fish or fish-derived supplements in their daily diet. Different age groups don’t necessarily need different amounts of DHA in their diets, but the majority of adults do need high EPA. The benefits of Omega-3s are myriad: cardiovascular health, cognitive development, joint health, and more. Even in lower amounts like Krill Oil’s 230 mg of Omega-3s per dose, you’re still getting a lot of benefits. The addition of phospholipids aids in absorption and bioavailability. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant which may increase the benefits of fish oil like heart health.


4) Antarctic Krill Oil Benefits & Results

  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable krill (Euphausia superba) sourced from cold southern ocean. Antarctic krill is one of the most abundant species on the planet.
  • Contains 1 mg astaxanthin and 400 mg phospholipids in each serving. Capsules are also made from Kosher ingredients.


5) What You Need to Know Before Taking Antarctic Krill Oil

  • Low amount of EPA and DHA per capsule. The company claims krill Omega-3s have a higher bioavailability, so this amount could be equal in potency to leading fish oil brands.
  • Not much of a disadvantage, but the ratio of EPA to DHA means this supplement isn’t for everyone. The very young and elderly will need another Omega-3 product with higher levels of DHA compared to EPA.


6) Antarctic Krill Oil Price

There are 60 capsules in each bottle, and most people will be taking 1 to 2 capsules daily. The price is rather high if you’re taking 2 a day, and rather low if you’re taking 1 a day. So the affordability of this product will vary depending on your needs. Sports Research does offer a 90 day money back guarantee. They’re confident in the level of satisfaction people will have with their supplement. Overall the price is fairly reasonable, especially on sale, and there’s a good chance you can get free shipping (which is available through the company website and online retailers such as Amazon).

How To Take

7) How to Take Antarctic Krill Oil

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant. It occurs naturally in algae, lobster, shrimp, and other seafoods. It helps give krill and salmon their pink color. There aren’t any known side effects or adverse interactions with medications. People can take it in amounts up to at least 4 mg a day, so at 1 mg per capsule in Krill Oil, it’s practically guaranteed to be safe. There isn’t a lot of clinical research yet on astaxanthin, but so far, it may help with a lot of things. This includes suppressing acid reflux and lowering cholesterol.


8) Our Final Take On Antarctic Krill Oil

The price is reasonable, especially for a krill oil supplement. Fish oil can be inexpensive, but krill are often considered more difficult to catch. Nets don’t work particularly well and processing has to be carried out very quickly to maintain freshness. Krill is naturally high in nutrients, often with better taste and smell than traditional fish used in Omega-3 supplements. Krill oil tends to be just as effective as other fish oils, such as those derived from cod liver. If you need a supplement for EPA or Omega-3s in general, Antarctic Krill Oil may satisfy your needs.

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