In for the Krill as they say now, as this nutritional supplement is fast becoming extremely popular for its health benefits. But do we really know enough about it? Well this feature will explain exactly where it comes from and what it can do for you. We can also give you some great advice and tell you where to get it. But first a question? Do you know what a Krill is?

Krill is the Norwegian word for “young fry of fish.”

A Krill

If we say shrimp, this might give you a clue because Krills are shrimp-like crustaceans roughly one to six centimetres long. Their home is the ocean where they feed on phytoplankton. Sadly for them they lie at the bottom of the food chain, and so become prey for seals, fish, squid, penguins and whales. Not an exciting life perhaps, but they do perform a vitally important function as far as humans are concerned!

They Produce Krill Oil

You guessed it, it’s the oil found naturally in Krill which is extracted and then sold as a nutritional supplement. Krill can be found in the Northern Pacific and Southern Oceans close to both Japan and Canada. Those Krill fished for food in Japan are otherwise known as, ‘Okiami’. Normally Krill are used for aquarium feeds, bait for sports fishing or aquaculture. So why do people find this type of oil so valuable?

Because krill oil is an omega -3 fatty acid!

But there’s a fantastic antioxidant found in Krill called astaxanthin helping to give them a reddish-pink colour. They eat the Algae and this in turn helps produce their colourful look. For us humans antioxidants are very important!

Antioxidants Explained

These are wonderful simply because they safeguard the cells of our body’s from what we call freed radicals or unstable substances. When left to their own devices they can contribute to some chronic diseases. But antioxidants from Krill go where no other antioxidants have gone! They cross what we call, ‘The blood-brain barrier’. This means the brain, eyes and central nervous system can be protected from these free radicals!


OK So What Can Krill Oil Do?

Studies are ongoing but it seems Krill oil is becoming a natural cure for high cholesterol. In some cases they reduced Cholesterol by as much as four per cent. It’s hoped Krill can become a great allied in the war against heart disease by tackling cholesterol head on. Women suffering from premenstrual syndrome could have their symptoms reduced, but once again more research is needed to completely confirm this.

Recent studies have formulated the conclusion Krill oil is very good for those people suffering from arthritis and the inflammation coming from this. Krill oil can help with your energy levels and help you live a long life!

So Why Use It?

There’s a very good reason for this of course! Individuals, who use things like fish oil or flax oil, or any other omega-3 fatty acid, will tell you they always get an after taste or what we sometimes call fishy burps! With Krill oil there is no aftertaste and it actually contains much higher amounts of astaxanthin. This is what seems to be causing its sudden popularity!

Krill oil is also non-toxic and has been proven safe at dosages as high as 10 grams per day but a typical dose is 1-3 gram depending on why you’re taking it. It’s a much superior form of omega-3 essential fatty acids: those “good fats” the body can’t make but must have for good health!

  1. It’s 48 times more antioxidant than fish oil
  2. It’s 16 times for effective than fish oil
  3. It has 2.5 x more Omega 3 than in fish oil

How Is It Taken?

It’s taken mostly in capsule form and will become well known as NKO. The best time is before your first meal of the day and again before lunch if you’re dosing more than 1 gram). While taking it on an empty stomach is perfectly okay


Environmental demand could become so great this could affect the food chain for penguins, seals and whales, also leading to population problems. This of course is being monitored and is an ongoing topic for discussion.

It’s sold under the private label of many different companies. But look for the “NKO” trademark on any label. If it’s not there go someplace else to get it!

Side Effects

Well in truth if you have an allergy to seafood don’t use Krill oil. Anyone with bleeding disorders should only take the oil under supervision from a medical professional. Other than this you might in rare cases experience indigestion! If you take herbs or supplement that may increase the risk of bleeding then its best not to take Krill oil.

As with any supplement take advice from your doctor first especially if you are already on medications like aspirin, warfarin, Ibuprofen, naproxen and so on.


Time to go in for the krill!

Michael Donelly

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