Krill Oil Promoters – Are They Really Being Totally Honest With You?

May 27, 2014

in Allergies,Anti-Aging,BLOGS,Blood Pressure,Brain,Cancer,General,Health Protection,Heart Health,Hypertension,Rheumatoid Arthritis

Salmon-KrillYou take Krill Oil supplements to fill some gaps in your diet. Are they really what they claim?


Krill Oil is being touted as much better than Salmon Oil by some big name doctors. They say that krill is a high source of omega-3 and also contains astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid antioxidant.

What is krill?

Krill is a tiny, shrimp-like marine animal. The word “krill” means “whale food.”

So what’s the problem with Krill Oil as a supplement?

  • Large scale harvesting of krill could affect other marine animals and fish. Ocean animals and fish need a source of omega-3 for survival. Will this large scale harvesting upset their food supply?
  • Krill are not part of nature’s blueprint for human nutrition. Nature’s blueprint for humans is to eat things that eat krill.
  • Krill appears to mainly supply DHA and EPA. There are 6 other members of the omega-3 family – all necessary for best absorption.

What’s wrong with the astaxanthin in krill?

  • Krill have high levels of astaxanthin that appears to be suitable for other sea creatures. This form of astaxanthin is not the same as that in fruit and vegetable carotenoids consumed by humans.
  • Humans require other carotenoids such as lutein, xanthophylls, zeaxanthin, Lycopene, etc for proper utilization of any one carotenoid. An example: humans require lutein and xanthophylls to prevent macular degeneration. This is not an issue with marine animals because their eyes are not exposed to sunlight as much as humans.
  • High levels of one particular carotenoid can reduce the human body’s ability to absorb other important carotenoids. This is called competitive absorption.

Salmon-NaturesBlueprintWhat to look for in a quality omega-3 supplement?

  • Free of environmental contamination or accumulated toxins.
  • Health screened – disease free – safe for human consumption.
  • Standardized and stabilized for guaranteed potency of all 8 fats in the omega-3 family.
  • No farmed marine fish or bottom feeders.

How do you decide what omega-3 to take?

  • Krill is cheaper to harvest than salmon.
  • Poor scientific evidence of bioavailability, utilization, and beneficial effects of krill compared to salmon.
  • 30% of krill and other fish oil supplements tested by fell below the standards for freshness and contamination.
  • Many products have lower doses of omega-3’s, EPA and DHA than are claimed on the labels.
  • Most krill and salmon products contain traces of PCBs.
  • Red flags on labels: “pharmaceutical grade” or “FDA approved” – there is no such thing as a pharmaceutical grade omega-3 and the FDA does not evaluate or approve supplements.
  • Some omega-3 supplements actually include fillers of cheaper fish – indicated by (other Omega-3’s) on the label.
  • Spoilage has even been found in some omega-3 products tested.

Meet the whole family of Omega-3 Fatty Acids – all 8 members. (Each of these fatty acids has their own unique biochemistry and support a “synergistic” role in human omega-3 nutrition.)

  1. ALA – alpha-linolenic acid
  2. SDA – stearadonic acid
  3. ETA(3) – elcosatrienoic acid
  4. ETA – elcosatetraenoic acid
  5. EPA – elcosapentaenoic acid
  6. HPA – henelcosapentaenoic acid
  7. DPA – docosapentaenoic acid
  8. DHA – docosahexaenoic acid

What are some of the most important benefits of Omega-3 supplementation?

  • Supports optimal function of the heart, blood vessels, brain, nerves, eyes, skin and joints.
  • Reduces inflammation that contributes to arthritis, menstrual pain, migraines, psoriasis, inflamed bowel and autoimmune diseases.
  • Crucial in the development of infant’s brain and eyes.
  • Slows aging of the brain.
  • May prevent asthmatic mothers from passing it to their babies.
  • Beneficial in reducing postpartum depression, major depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit, schizophrenia, memory and cognitive loss.

GoneFishingIn summary – there is misleading info out there about Krill Oil.

  • Not the best source of omega-3 – not complete. If any part of the omega-3 family is missing it is not as effective.
  • Astaxanthin is not the best source of carotenoids for humans.

Do you take an omega-3 supplement? If so, why do you take it? Are you comfortable with the source? Who is your fisherman?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Yvonne Brown June 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

Never heard of Krill oil before!  Thanks for the education today!


2 Pat Moon June 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hi Yvonne,

Happy to have given you soon new information in this article.

Thanks for reading.



3 Martha Giffen June 3, 2014 at 8:48 am

Your blog is ALWAYS so informative!  I think I learn more here than any other blog on the net.  Your research and sharing is much appreciated!


4 Pat Moon June 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Hi Martha,

It is dedicated readers like you that keep me researching and blogging. I know there is a need to get good, reliable information out to consumers concerned about their health.

Thanks for reading and commenting.



5 Robin June 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

Holy moly, I'm so thankful for your blog!  There is so much information 'out there' and it's really hard to understand what's really good for you or not.  I love how you break it down.  In today's day and age, it almost seems that it's getting harder and harder to 'eat right' and take care of your body… because there are 'hidden' things that we dont know about…. thanks so much for your blog that keeps us well-informed 🙂


6 Pat Moon June 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi Robin,

Yes, sorting through all the info, researching, and applying known research info helps me sort through and share. There is a ton of misinformation out there. I am so thankful for the NeoLife Company. They thoroughly research, test, and are at the forefront with leading edge technology I can trust. They have been there for 55+ years and I have been working with them for almost 29 years. It is important to have information you can trust.

Thanks for your wonderful comment. I appreciate it very much!

Blessings, Pat


7 Sharon ODay June 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm

There is such hype about krill these days, Pat, that we really appreciate the thorough presentation of the issues of concern that it brings with it!  Without a reliable resource, such as you are, many are at the mercy of the loudest advertisers …!


8 Pat Moon June 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Hi Sharon,

Thank you for your nice compliment. I watch for red flags that need to be researched and made available to my readers. Yes, the loudest advertisers even capture those we should be able to trust. Another issue is the dollar and profit margin. Compromises are often made.

I appreciate readers like you who help me spread the word.

Thanks, Pat


9 Gina June 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I don't take supplements, but I'm married to a salmon fishing attorney.  In two weeks of vacation, his angling efforts stock our freezer with enough salmon to last all year.    


10 Pat Moon June 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Hi Gina,

I’m jealous. That must be wonderful to have a freezer full of salmon, restocked once a year. The dollar value probably pays for your husband’s vacation and the health value is unmeasureable in good health benefits.

Thanks for sharing.



11 Ashley May 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Thank you for sharing such valuable information! 


12 Pat Moon June 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi Ashley,

I love having you visit and read my blog. Hopefully it is value you can use.

Blessings, Pat


13 Veronica May 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This is information about Krill that i never knew about. Thanks for sharing. I usually avoid jumping on band wagons so I never got into krill. i do eat Salmon occasionally but I don't take it as a supplement


14 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hi Veronica,

You are smart to not jump on the latest thing out… it can save you from making serious wrong decisions about your health. The company I work with, NeoLife never puts a product out just because its the latest thing. We do our research very thoroughly along with our own tests in order to always know our products are credible and the best from the best source. I’ve been with the company since 1985. In almost 30 years I have not known of any time we’ve needed to pull a product back because it was not from leading edge technology.

Supplements definitely have a place in a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for your visit and comment.



15 Don Purdum May 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Very, very interesting! I've come to the conclusion it's best to just eat naturally. Meaning no processed foods, and organic when possible. Fruits, veggies, and modest amount of meats. You're article really made me think about what we are doing to other species and their food supply. Interesting…


16 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Yes, Don, it is best to eat naturally with no processed foods and organic when possible. But how many of us really do eat that way? And are the nutrients we need really in our food? Most of us do not live an active enough life style to burn off the calories of getting all our nutrients from our food. Even when we eat the best we possibly can we are still bombarded with so many things. This means we need to supplement to keep our bodies at a lower risk of disease and illness. Back in 2002, The Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that the time had come where virtually everyone should supplement the diet for prevention of chronic disease. 

My case is that when you do supplement, it is important to supplement with the best quality available. Supplements, just like food should be free from toxins, should not be fragmented, and should be selected and prepared to receive the best possible spectrum of nutrients.

Stay healthy!



17 kungphoo May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

This was great info, since a family member just started taking krill oil since the taste was better compared to the fish oil.  They were also sold on the fact that it was better for them.  After reading this  I will definitely pass on the info.



18 Beverley Golden May 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Love how you really present the facts in all your articles, Pat. Many people I know in the health arena have been promoting krill oil and personally I have stuck with my Wholmega wild salmon supplement. Appreciate your presentation of the pros and cons and how committed you are to making sure people are educated!


19 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Hi Beverley,

Thank you! I had not heard of Wholemega so looked it up. Looks like it is distributed by several different sources but is from wild salmon. That is a big plus. Of course, I did a little comparison. You would have to take about twice the recommended amount to get the same as our NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus for about the same cost. Even so it seems to be one of the better salmon oil supplements available.

As for me, I’ll stick to NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus. I know I can trust what is in it and I know it works.

Blessings, Pat


20 Meryl Hershey Beck May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Thank you again for always sharing such valuable information on supplements.  It is nice to have a trusted resource to turn to. 


21 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hi Meryl,

Some sharing is easy and some is challenging like this topic. It is distressing to me to hear (on radio or TV) or read misinformed information from experts the public has come to trust. In my almost 30 years of working in the nutrition field I have seen so much of this. My sources of information have been so reliable over the years. I’ve never found they have had to change their mind on information they put out. That gives me a great feeling of confidence.

Thanks for being a faithful and supportive reader.



22 Nate May 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Hello Pat,

I've been taking Omega 3's for awhile now.  Not sure who the fisherman is in terms of the source.  Maybe now that you have mentioned it, I will find out.  Thanks for opening my eyes on this. 


23 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hi Nate,

It is a good idea to know the source of your supplements. There is so much junk on the market.

Get informed and stay informed – that is my misson.



24 Roslyn May 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

Everything you've written is true and I tried many Krill or Fish oil supplements until i located current ones. I am taking a fish oil supplement that agrees with me, does not have a fishy taste and comes from a reputable Dr. So much conflicting info on market.


25 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hi Roslyn,

Yes, there is a lot of conflicting info on the market about all nutritional supplements. It is important to know and be informed as to what to look for in quality supplements. I was inspired to write this blog because of 2 difference well-known (in the public eye) doctors who are suggesting Krill Oil over Salmon Oil. Its interesting I can read or watch on TV things they say. Some of it is true and some of it is showmanship and I have to wonder if its $$’s. That is one of the reasons I am so passionate about what I do.

Be informed – your health will benefit.



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