What is Krill Oil?

What is Krill Oil?I noticed that contained within the day and night packs of Onnit TPC (Total Primate Care) are capsules of krill oil. I like to think that I know a lot about Onnit products, both the ones currently available and the ones in the pipeline, but krill oil was something that was new to me. I’ve written about fish oil and its benefits for this blog before, but decided to investigate krill oil and its health benefits a little further.

So what exactly is a krill? Turns out that it also comes from the ocean–every ocean has krill, actually–but it’s a small crustacean rather than a fish. To be honest, it looks more like a bug and definitely not something that you would want to eat, unlike shrimp or crab. Most of the krill that’s caught is used in aquariums, as bait for fishing, and in the pharmaceutical industry where products like krill oil are produced.

Much like fish oil, krill oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike fish oil though, the omega-3 fatty acids in krill oil are joined in a phospholipid structure rather than in the triglyceride form like fish oil. Confusing, right? What this means is that the omega-3 fatty acids are more easily absorbed into your body when you take krill oil compared to fish oil.

However, compared to fish oil, krill oil is much more expensive, and to get any substantial benefits from taking krill oil you need to take about 1,000mg per day. Most capsules contain about 300-500mg, so you can quickly go through a costly bottle when you’re taking multiple capsules per day. Fortunately, Onnit TPC (Total Primate Care) contains two 500mg capsules of krill oil which will get you to that 1,000mg threshold where you’ll get the benefits of speedier absorption that the krill oil provides. You’ll also get the added benefits of all the other supplements contained in each day and night pack, which you can read more about here.