What is Krill Oil Good For?

Published July 24, 2023

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As an additional marine source of omega-3, krill oil has gained popularity in the past few years. Krill oil is derived from a type of small crustacean and is a source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and omega-3 fats also found in fish oil1. These nutrients are important to include in your diet which is why krill oil is a great additional source. 

Krill Oil Omega 3 

Omega-3 fatty acids affect cell function within the body as they are part of the cell membranes. These fats contribute to hormone levels which regulate inflammation, blood clotting and the function of the artery walls2.  

But, how does this relate to krill oil? Omega-3 fats are one of the key nutrients in krill oil and why it can be a beneficial supplement to consume every day. As the intake of omega-3 fats in one’s diet can vary, especially if you don’t consume fish products regularly, getting your omega-3 fats from krill oil could be a great solution3.  

Krill Oil vs Fish Oil 

Why prioritise kill oil instead of fish oil for your omega-3 intake? Even though krill and fish oil both contain DHA and EPA, it is believed that omega-3 fats found in krill oil have a higher rate of absorption compared to fish oil4. The reason for this is unknown, however we do understand that krill oil’s higher absorption rates mean key nutrients will be captured and made more available to the body.  

Benefits of Krill Oil 

There are multiple benefits to taking krill oil daily. Many stem from the omega-3 fats krill oil contains and include anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in joint and arthritis pain4.  

Heart Health 

If you’re aiming to improve health in general, the omega-3 nutrients in krill oil can have positive effects on heart health when consumed regularly.  

Reducing Inflammation 

Krill oil has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties for both acute and chronic inflammation. DHA, EPA, omega-3 fats and an anti-inflammatory antioxidant called astaxanthin in krill oil all contribute to reducing inflammation5 when taken consistently. And, as krill oil is easier to absorb than fish oil, these nutrients will be easier for the body to use6.  

Ease Arthritis and Joint Pain 

As with inflammation, krill oil may aid in easing mildlow-level arthritis and joint pain. This is because fatty acids help to improve the body’s inflammatory response7. Even though krill oil does not cure arthritis or acute joint pain, it may ease symptoms to improve stiffness and help with pain management in the joints8.  

Help with PMS Symptoms  

Recent studies show that krill oil may also aid in reducing both physical and emotional PMS symptoms. The reason krill oil could aid in mental health when menstruating is the omega-3 fatty acids’ effect on the brain. Omega-3 fats can easily travel through the cell membranes in the brain and interact with mood-related molecules, thus improving mental clarity and mood when you are experiencing PMS symptoms9, however, more research is needed in this area to confirm these benefits and draw a conclusion. 

How Much Krill Oil Per Day? 

With all the benefits of krill oil it is no surprise that people want to take krill oil every day. But, how much do you need for optimal benefits? Nature’s Own Ultra Krill Oil 1000mg contains the perfect amount of krill oil that can be taken once per day with food. This supplement contains a complex phospholipid composition with omega-3 fatty acids.  

Always read the label and follow the directions for use. 


Learn about which Nature's Own product may be appropriate for you.

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