Krill Oil vs. Other Omega-3 Sources
Learn more about why krill oil is superior vs Omega-3 fish oil and other Omega-3 sources.
Krill Oil vs. Fish Oil
Kori Krill Oil is superior to fish oil because krill oil delivers Omega-3s in their most natural phospholipid form, just like you get from a healthy fish diet. Phospholipids enable superior Omega-3 absorption and easier digestion for no fishy aftertaste.
In contrast, fish oil Omega-3 supplements do not have phospholipids. They only supply Omega-3s by way of triglycerides which are neither digested nor dispersed as efficiently as Omega-3s delivered by phospholipids. That’s because triglycerides are made of water-hating compounds which don’t work as well with our water-friendly digestive systems. Because triglycerides do not disperse in our stomach fluids, fish oil can form a separate top layer in our stomachs causing reflux into the food pipe and ultimately fishy burps and discomfort. "Burp-less" fish oil pills try to mitigate this with an enteric coating and/or the addition of oils like mint or lemon to mask the flavor, but they still lack phospholipids. In contrast, phospholipids naturally found in Kori Krill Oil help the krill oil disperse easily in our digestive system fluids so there is no fishy aftertaste. See the difference for yourself with this video in our blog.
Kori Krill Oil also has other nutrients you won't find in a fish oil. It is a good source of choline, an essential nutrient that supports brain and nervous system health, and it has astaxanthin, an antioxidant.*
Krill oil supplements may also be preferred by people who have trouble swallowing large pills and are looking for an Omega-3 source in a small, easy to swallow softgel. To make smaller “mini” fish oil alternatives, fish oil pill manufacturers use a highly-processed concentrated form of fish oil called an ethyl ester that is less effective in increasing the Omega-3 index because they may be inefficiently absorbed when taken without a fatty meal. Kori Krill Oil is a pure Antarctic krill oil and will never contain any added ethyl esters.
Krill Oil vs. Plant-Based Omega-3 Sources
Plant sources such as flaxseed oil, nuts, edible seeds, avocados, vegetables and fruits only contain Omega-3s in the form of ALA or SDA. However, the majority of beneficial biological effects of Omega-3s have been documented for EPA & DHA Omega-3s. Only ocean sources like krill oil naturally contain essential Omega-3 EPA & DHA our bodies need. Our bodies can convert ALA to EPA & DHA, but the conversion process is highly inefficient and hardly makes up for the lack of EPA & DHA in plant-based sources that is found naturally in Kori Krill Oil.
Krill Oil vs. Multivitamins with Omega-3s
Omega-3 supplements like Kori Krill Oil are one of the few critical supplements that should be part of any healthy regimen. They are a great complement to multivitamins, which provide different nutrients. Most multivitamins do not contain any of the essential Omega-3 EPA & DHA that our bodies need each day. The few multivitamins that do have Omega-3s don't provide enough of them, with Omega-3 levels below what you would get from eating the recommended amount of fatty fish in the USDA dietary guidelines (250 mg EPA & DHA per day). Here are examples of Omega-3 EPA & DHA content in some popular multivitamins:1
- Alive! ® Women’s/Men Energy Multivitamin Tablet: 0 EPA & DHA
- Alive! ® Women’s/Men’s 50+ Multivitamin Tablets: 0 EPA & DHA
- Centrum® Silver Multivitamin Women’s/Men’s 50+: 0 EPA & DHA
- Centrum® Women’s/Men’s Multivitamin: 0 EPA & DHA
- Centrum® MultiGummies® Multi + Omega-3: 40 mg EPA & DHA per serving
- Centrum® Multi + Omega-3 Softgels: 180 mg EPA & DHA
- Olly® Women’s/Men’s Multivitamin Berry Gummy: 0 EPA & DHA
- One a Day® Prenatal Multivitamin with DHA & Folic Acid: 235mg EPA & DHA (from fish oil)
- One a Day® Women’s Multi and Mineral Gummy: 0 EPA & DHA
- One a Day® Women’s/Men’s Complete Multivitamin Tablet: 0 EPA & DHA
- Nature Made® Women's/Men’s Multivitamin + Omega-3 Gummies: 60 mg EPA & DHA per serving
- Preservision® AREDS 2 + Multivitamin: 0 EPA & DHA
- SmartyPants® Women’s/Men’s Formula Daily Gummy Vitamins: 126 mg EPA & DHA per serving
- Vitafusion® Women’s/Men’s Multivitamin Gummies: 0 EPA & DHA
If you are among the 70% of Americans with low Omega-3 levels because you don’t eat enough fish, it is important to supplement your multivitamin consumption with Omega-3s from a superior source like Kori Krill Oil.2
Krill Oil vs. Algae oil
Krill are powerful natural harvesters of the ocean microalgae they feed on. But many algae oils come from farmed algae. These algae oils only contain Omega-3 DHA, missing the equally important Omega-3 nutrient EPA. A pure Antarctic krill oil like Kori Krill Oil provides both EPA & DHA Omega-3 essential fatty acids that together support our heart, brain, joint, eye, skin and immune health.* EPA and DHA Omega-3s have different functions and benefits which is why it is important that your source of Omega-3s contains both, like Kori Krill Oil does.
Furthermore, Omega-3s from algae sources come in the form of triglycerides, not phospholipids as in krill oil. Phospholipids enable superior Omega-3 absorption and aid in digestion. They are a natural part of our body’s cells, which make krill oil’s phospholipid form a natural fit to penetrate our cells. Phospholipids are also the natural form of Omega-3s found in a healthy fish diet, the best source of Omega-3s.
Krill Oil vs. Omega-3 Fortified Eggs, Milk, Juice
Most fortified foods like eggs, milk and juice with Omega-3s only contain ALA Omega-3s. However, the majority of beneficial biological effects of Omega-3s have been documented for EPA & DHA Omega-3s. Our bodies can convert ALA to EPA & DHA, but the conversion process is highly inefficient and hardly makes up for the lack of EPA & DHA in fortified foods that is found naturally in ocean-based sources like Kori Krill Oil.
Those fortified foods that do contain EPA & DHA usually only contain them in relatively small amounts, much less than the 250 mg of EPA & DHA Omega-3 per day you would get from eating the USDA recommends 2 servings of fish per week or from taking Kori Krill Oil daily.
Which Kori Krill Oil is right for me?
All Kori Krill Oil products provide 250 mg of essential Omega-3 EPA & DHA per day in three different softgel sizes. Choose the one that is most comfortable and convenient for you.