Krill oil is derived from krill, these are semi-transparent, shrimp-like sea creatures belonging to the animal plankton. Krill feeds with plankton and omega-3 rich algae. In algae the omega-3 fatty acids are in the form of ALA. Krill converts ALA into EPA and DHA. Fish eat krill and become rich in EPA and DHA in this way. It is because of Krill that the fish is so healthy for humans.
From krill oil we know exactly where it comes from and there is no overfishing. Krill fishing takes place in the clean Antarctic waters, and is under full control of the Commision for the Conservation of the Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Fishing for krill is sustainable and ecologically sound, using a newly developed patented fishing method that does not give rise to unnecessary by-catch. Because krill is low in the food chain, the oil is naturally poor on heavy metals, PCBs and other contamination.
Difference of curly oil and fish oil
Krill oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in a form other than fish oil: in fatty oils, the fatty acids present in the triglyceride form and in curling oil in the phospholipid form. Phospholipids form the bricks and cement with which every cell wall of each living animal organism is built. Our intestines and our brains are built with cellular walls consisting of phospholipids. Any substance that is bound to these phospholipids can pass the cell wall faster and more efficiently where necessary. The phospholipid form in krill corresponds to our body-like shape. This is very important for the construction, function and protection of our cell membranes in general and our nerve and brain cells in particular.
Krill oil has powerful antioxidant properties, partly due to the high bioavailability of phospholipids bound antioxidants. The major antioxidants are vitamin E, beta carotene, the carotenoid canthaxanthine and astaxanthine (the latter is the drug that darkens the capsule capsules).