Everything You Need to Know About Krill Oil

There is no question that we need omega-3s as they offer a multitude of health benefits from heart to brain, joints, skin and much more.

Krill oil, in particular, is an emerging omega-3 supplement that is unique on many levels. Many of us may not think about how powerful these little creatures really are. So what are krill and where do they come from? Let’s take a look deep under the Southern Ocean to find out more.

Interestingly, the word “krill” is Norwegian and means small fry of fish, but krill are not fish. Krill are small, shrimp-like crustacean with big black eyes and a reddish, semi-transparent body. Krill oil definitely differs from fish oil. Not all omega-3s fatty acids are created equal as there are differences in how they are delivered in the body. Krill oil provides EPA and DHA omega-3 mainly in the form of phospholipids and it enters the body differently than triglyceride based omega-3s. In addition to phospholipids, krill oil contains choline and astaxanthin.

Equal to the size of a paper clip (approximately 2 inches in length), krill are small, yet massive in regards to their importance in the food chain.

Antarctic krill are a keystone species of the ecosystem, serving as the main prey for fish, whales, penguins and seals.

But as quickly as krill are eaten, the population is rapidly replaced by their growth and reproduction. And since krill are low in the food chain, they don’t accumulate heavy metals and contaminants to the degree that other marine species do.

Krill can be found in various parts of the ocean, from the surface layer to mid water and even near the ocean floor, and they can even undertake daily vertical migrations. Antarctic Krill can change size, shape and habitat as they grow, and they can live to be 11 years old.

Krill might be small, but their benefits are significant.

Superba Krill oil's natural combination and concentration of four key nutrients gives excellent opportunity for differentiation in the supplement market. 

  • OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS EPA & DHA: These essential fatty acids are one of the most researched nutrients, with a wide range of health benefits for your heart, eyes, liver and brain.
  • PHOSPHOLIPIDS: Phospholipids help omega-3s integrate into the cell membranes and may be a better delivery form to the body’s organs than other marine oils.
  • CHOLINE: Choline is an essential nutrient vital for many body functions such as nerve signaling, liver and muscle functioning. Our body can't make enough, therefore we must obtain it from our diet.
  • ASTAXANTHIN: This natural antioxidant gives krill oil its beautiful red color. It also protects the oil from oxidation, eliminating the need to add preservatives.

Swisse Clinical Strength Deep Sea Krill Oil is a premium quality and sustainably sourced formula from the Antarctic front. It is formulated with 1000 mg of Superba Krill oil, and is clinically proven to assist with the relief of knee pain in mild to moderate osteoarthritis. From supporting a healthy heart and brain function to improving joint mobility and promoting radiant skin, krill oil is the perfect addition to your daily routine.