During the last few years Krill Oil has become more and more popular and successful on the Omega-3 market. Main reason for this commercial success lies in the immense marketing effect of the Krill Oil manufacturers.  A few studies were published showing Krill Oil as being superior with regards to health effect than fish oil. EPA and DHA from Krill Oil are said to have a better bio-availability than the omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. But are we really comparing apples to apples here? No. Don’t get fooled. Here are some facts important for you to know:

Studies show EPA and DHA from Krill Oil more efficient as from Fish Oil: This is not correct. Up to the end of 2012 you found 37.204 scientific publications showing positive effects of fish oil omega-3 but only 43 publications on Krill Oil (of which most of them have been financed by the Krill oil companies themselves). Basically all Krill Oil publications showing superior health effects compared themselves with low dosage and lower quality fish oils containing not more than 30% Omega-3.  Serious clinical studies on the biological effects of Omega-3’s (EPA & DHA) published over the last 20 years clearly showed that at least 1-4 g EPA+DHA per day are necessary to achieve them. This high dosage is only possible using a concentrated omega-3 product – no matter if supplement or pharma drug -  (e.g. pur3® (BEPS®), Omega-3 Ester Etilico 90 (BEPS®), Omacor®, Lovaza®, Vascazen®, …). Comparing Krill Oil directly with these high quality Omega-3 products would have shown that the Krill Oils omega-3 effects were insignificant, if at all measurable.

What is the main difference between Krill Oil and Fish Oil (Concentrates)? First of all Krill Oil only contains 7 to 12% omega-3. Even the worst quality fish oil

supplement will beat that amount easily. Standard Fish Oil contains approximately 30% Omega-3 and the high quality concentrates like pur3® (beps®-biopharm sl) and Omacor® contain 90% and more. Next difference is that Krill Oil controls a high concentration of phospholipids (“lecithins”). These fat-like compounds are un-doubtfully also important for our body, especially our brain and to control our blood fat. In fact, many physicians believe that the majority of the reported health effects coming from Krill Oil are based on their high phospholipid content and not on their irrelevant low Omega-3 content. But then again, you might as well look for a soja-based phospholipid (lecithin) supplement with higher concentrations, less risk of fatal allergies and lower price…

Potential allergy risk: If you are allergic to fish proteins be careful with fish oil and omega-3 concentrates derived from fish oil. However, the higher concentrated in EPA and/or DHA your supplement is the less likely it will be that it will trigger an allergic reaction. Krill Oil however is a different story. Krill allergies, so shellfish allergies can be extremely serious, often leading to anaphylactic shock and death! Furthermore, most people are not aware of the fact that during the fishing process the Krill is preserved with sodium hydrogen sulfite. This chemical preservative finds its way into the Krill Oil and has caused already a number of sulfite sensitivities causing dermatological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular symptoms. Finally, it is well known that Krill can accumulate various toxins which, depending on the manufacturing process, find their way into the Krill Oil.

That’s all I have to say. Thinka about it – and make your own decision (but first look at the next page J…)

 

The following Table 1 summarizes important differences between Krill Oil, Fish Oil and BEPS® omega-3 concentrates:

 

 

Krill Oil

Fish Oil

(30% Omega3)

BEPS® -  Omega-3 you can trust

(pur3®, Omega3 ester etilico 90, DHANEO®, dha-femme®)

Publications (Dec, 2012)

43

  • Ø 37.000

N/A

Clinical Studies (Dec. 2012)

2

  • Ø 1900

N/A

Recognized & approved by USDA

No

Yes

Yes

Safe and efficiency proved

No data

Yes

Yes

Can be concentrated/purified to over 90%

No

Yes

Yes

EPA & DHA content

7 – 12%

25 – 30%

Up to > 90%

Manufacturing and Quality control

Questionable

No date available

GMP process in place

Contamination Control and Reduction

Data not available

Most OTC products lack this if=nformation

Yes

Biological Efficacy

Not proven

Limited

Proven. Yes.

Similar Drug Product on the market

No

No

Yes