Krill oil is Omega-3 on Steroids!
It is the most efficient and effective way for you to absorb Omega-3 and avoid cell damage in your body.
- You need good fats for the cells in your body to be well nourished and avoid damage to your organs.
- Omega-3s are essential good fats, called in full ‘Omega-3 fatty acids’.
- The most impressive and most efficient fatty acids/Omega-3s are DHA and EPA.
- The best transportation system for these Omega-3s DHA and EPA are phospholipids, which can be found in Krill oil and not in other fish oils.
- Krill oil is the most efficient and effective way for you to absorb Omega-3 and help your cells to regenerate.
Omega-3s help with the development and growth of your cells and will aid your body to survive and be a better version of itself.
There are six essential nutrients: carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, water and fats.
We are going to zoom in on FATS as an essential nutrient.
Not all fats are bad!
Fats have earned a bad reputation over the years, but as you know, not all fats are bad and there are different types of fats that you can derive from your diet:
Saturated fats (or Trans fats): these are the ‘bad’ fats... (the often very tasty ‘bad’ fats... lovely in food, but not so good for your health if you eat too many of them). They are mainly found in: processed foods, meat products like red meats and pork, dairy products such as butter and cheese, ... In general you can say that saturated fats are solid at room temperature.
If you would eat too much of saturated fats, your blood cholesterol can raise and you are more prone to heart disease and diabetes type 2, so better to keep these fats to a minimum.
Unsaturated fats: these, on the other hand, are the ‘good’ fats. They can be found in: olive oil, most vegetable oils, avocados, nuts and seeds, fatty fish, ... Unsaturated fats tend to be liquid at room temperature.
There are Mono-Unsaturated fats that improve your cholesterol levels, lower your risk of having cardiovascular disease and may help to control your insulin levels and blood sugar.
There are Poly-Unsaturated fats that help with muscle movement and blood clotting, they are beneficial to the heart and may help against inflammation in the body.
These poly-unsaturated fats is where Omega-3s fall under and are called in full ‘Omega 3 fatty acids’. They are an essential nutrient for your body and it can’t be produced by itself, so you need to get it from your diet.
Omega-3s are the good fats your body needs to function properly. They help the body to absorb certain vitamins (including vitamins A, D, E and K), they give your body energy and help the protection of your organs from damage by helping the growth of cells.
A portion of unsaturated fats will boost your energy level and help your body to function better.
The way to make sure you don’t eat too many ‘bad’ fats is to replace them with the good ones as much as you can. More practically, try this for the optimal intake of ‘good’ fats:
When it comes to fat, ‘Omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids’ is the one type you don’t want to cut back on. Your body needs Omega-3 for optimal functioning in every stage of your life and it can’t synthesize it by itself, so it is vital that you derive it from your diet.
There is a catch though...
It is so that not all Omega-3s are the same. (Or what did you think? :) )
You have Omega-3s coming from plants that have a short chain, and Omega-3s found in oily fish, krill and algae that have a long chain.
The short chain Omega-3s are only 10% as effective as the long chain version, so the best way to get enough essential Omega-3s is to eat lots of oily fish. (Or take krill oil supplements if you want the best of course! )
The three most important Omega-3s are ‘Eicosapentaenoic Acid’, ‘Docosahexaenoic Acid’ and ‘Alpha-Linolenic Acid’...
I know! Quite the mouthful, so let’s stick to EPA, DHA and ALA.
- EPA: is a long chain Omega-3 found in oily fish and seafood and it reduces inflammation and the risk of heart disease.
- DHA: is thought of as the most beneficial long chain Omega-3 and mainly found in oily fish, seafood and algae. It is important for brain growth and visual development of unborn babies and reduces the risk of heart disease.
- ALA: is a short chain Omega-3 which can be found in plant sources like linseed/flax, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil. This Omega-3 is also beneficial for your health, but the body first has to convert it to the more beneficial long chain omega-3s which makes it less efficient.
EPA and DHA are the best Omega-3s!
Omega-3s are the most studied nutrients in the world, more than ibuprofen, Viagra, calcium, vitamin D and C!
According to the ‘Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s’ (GOED), there are more than 30,000 published papers on EPA and DHA, of which more than 3,700 human clinical trials.
The studies support the consumption of Omega-3s for overall well-being such as heart, brain, joint and eye health.
Kantha Shelke (Ph.D and spokesperson for the American Institute of Food Technologists) says the following about EPA and DHA:
“They are longer than other omega-3s (like alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), so they make your cell membranes more fluid, which helps brain, eye and nerve cells function better”.
There is no set standard on how much Omega-3 you should take in every day, though most health organisations do recommend to take a minimum of 250 mg to 500 mg EPA & DHA combined a day.
The organisation ‘Heart UK’ * recommends 500 mg EPA & DHA each day for a generally healthy adult.
The global organisation ‘GOED’ recommends 500 mg per day for the average adult and even 700-1000 mg for pregnant women.
*Heart UK = Hyperlipidaemia, Education, Atherosclerosis, and Research Trust UK
Omega-3 deficiency causes a decreased fluidity in your cells and this is linked to cell damage and cell dysfunction.
This cell dysfunction is associated to health conditions of the heart, brain, joints, liver and other organs.
Next to cell damage and dysfunction, Omega-3 deficiencies are believed to contribute to inflammation in your body, which causes higher risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, arthritis and heart disease.
Symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency can be:
- Poor memory, poor concentration or memory loss
- Heart issues
- Dry flaky, bumpy or dull skin
- Dry, dull and brittle hair
- Soft, brittle or splitting nails
- Emotional sensitivity (such as excessive mood swings, anxiety or depression)
If you experience two or more of the symptoms above, you most likely have an Omega-3 deficiency and you can tackle those symptoms by changing your diet by adding Omega-3-rich foods or by adding Omega-3 supplements to it.
If you think you have enough Omega-3 intake via your diet or supplements, but you still experience the symptoms above, then it might be advisable to go to your GP. You can have a fatty acid profile test to see if you have enough Omega-3 and/or Omega-6 in your system.
Omega-6 is another fatty acid, similar to Omega-3, which is also needed in the body to function optimally.
The reason you don’t hear about the need to take extra omega-6 is because a lot of the food you eat actually already contains omega-6 and you get plenty (if not too much) of it through your diet.
Omega-6 occurs mainly in industrialized food oil products, which can be found in almost all foods we consume.
That is why an Omega-3 deficiency on its own isn’t the only problem, it is the imbalance of both fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3.
The ratio between the two should be 1:1, but often it ranges between 15:1 and 17:1. This increased Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio is believed to stimulate the development of a lot of chronic diseases, while a lower ratio can prevent or reverse these diseases.
Omega-3 helps your cells to stay flexible and so benefits every cell in your body, think of brain cells, muscle cells, skin cells, eye cells, etc.
There are about 200 different cells in the body and almost all of them need Omega-3. It will make sure they can communicate well with each other and has a major impact on the optimal functioning of your body and your overall health.
More specifically, as stated by the UK National Health Service and many other established health organizations, Omega-3 may attribute to the following:
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases: Omega-3 has been found to improve and reduce many heart disease risk factors and decreases irregular heart beats, but does not take away the chance of having heart attacks or strokes.
Alison Hornby, a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association says:
“If there’s one food good for your heart it’s oily fish. The benefits of eating at least two portions of fish a week, include keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level and improving blood lipids, both of which reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease: the biggest killer in the UK.”
- Maintains eye health and reduces the risk of macular degeneration: This is age-related loss of vision and the fatty acid DHA is a major structural component of the retina, so keeping your Omega-3s up supports good eye health.
Fights inflammation and reduces the development of rheumatoid arthritis: Omega-3 can reduce chronic inflammation which contributes to various different diseases, as for example: arthritis.
Many modern day diseases are caused by inflammation in the body, so keeping up your Omega-3 levels can help you reduce your inflammatory markers.
- Improves brain health: It is believed to help with memory loss, but also to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, although more research is needed to have more conclusive results with regards to prevention.
Supports immune function, improves bone strength and joint health: EPA and DHA are thought to support the immune function and bone health.
This connects with the fact that Omega-3s may fight inflammation in your body as bone and joint problems are often linked to inflammatory diseases like Osteoporosis and Arthritis.
Supports adequate birth weight and fetal neuro-development: Especially EPA and DHA are considered to be very important for fetal neuro-development and may play a big role in supporting a good birth weight at time of pregnancy.
According to the NHS maintaining healthy Omega-3 levels is important for pregnant and breast feeding women as well.
Improves symptoms for anxiety and depression: Fatty acid EPA seems to be most effective at fighting depression.
(Although it can help you fight depression, it isn’t going to heal you from it. It can support your system to improve the symptoms.)
- Alleviates menstrual pain: Different studies have shown that women who consume the most Omega-3 have lighter menstrual pains.
- Improves your sleep: Especially DHA may improve the length and quality of your well deserved sleep.
- Helps your skin to stay healthy and look radiant: Omega-3 and mainly EPA helps your skin to stay healthy. It helps manage the oil production and hydration of your skin and it prevents premature aging, certain acne and those little red bumps on the skin called hyperkeratinization of hair follicles, often seen on upper arms.
Yes you can... but before you ban salmon for good, let’s have a closer look, because you really have to take in A LOT of Omega-3 over a long period of time to over-consume on it.
The FDA* states that Omega-3 is safe if you don’t take in more than 3,000 mg of fatty acids a day, while the EFSA** says we can even go up to 5,000 mg a day.
However, populations like the Inuit Eskimos and the Japanese consume much more than these upper limits, as much as 6 grams per day, and this without any ill-effects showing.
The upper limits are set as Omega-3 may prevent blood from clotting in some people if taken in high amounts, so therefore the EFSA sets its limit to 5,000 mg a day and advises to tell your doctor you are taking Omega-3 supplements when having surgery planned.
Another reason for the limit is that a lot of Omega-3 supplements come with vitamin A (like cod liver oil). As vitamin A can be toxic in high amounts, you better be careful with those type of supplements.
(Another reason why we choose to take Krill oil as an Omega-3 supplement, but you can read all about that below :) )
Last but not least, although it is important to keep your Omega-3 intake at a healthy level, it has not been shown that taking more than 5,000 mg will provide you with even more benefits, so no need to challenge the limit...
It is simple, if you experience nausea and loose stools after taking any supplements, or you are not sure about them, then stop taking the supplement(s) and go talk to your GP or the practice nurse for more advise.
*FDA = US Food and Drug Administration
** EFSA = European Food and Safety Authority
You might be thinking... “Thanks for the info, nice to know all about Omega-3, but what now?”
Well... Hopefully all the above explains where Omega-3s fit into your whole nutrient-circle, but how do you implement this into your lifestyle.
Easy, you just eat a bit more fish and done! Right?
Let’s have a quick look at it.
The baby boomer generation traditionally took cod liver oil by the spoon full every day, as it was thought of as a natural way to maintain good health.
Today, there are many more options to ensure a sufficient Omega-3 intake (luckily ;) ).
To have sufficient ‘good’ fats in your system, approximately 20 to 35 percent of your daily intake should be from fats and this is where Omega-3s come in...
As they contain the much needed unsaturated fats for your body, you have to make sure to eat plenty of healthy omega-3 fats in particular, just like the ones in the table below.
Some people do really well at incorporating Omega-3 into their diet, like Japanese people, Eskimos, Icelandic people, as they eat fatty fish on a daily basis and consume it much more than us Western people (and if we do, we more often eat white, less omega-3-rich fish). These populations are known to have well nourished cells and have much less problems with heart disease.
So if you are confident that you eat plenty of these essential long chain Omega-3s then you are doing very well! If you like seafood and you eat more than 2 servings of 140g of fatty fish per week, then that will do the trick.
We know it can be a challenge to meet the required levels of Omega-3 for the body though, so if you don’t, don’t worry... You can top-up your essential fatty acids by taking additional supplements to ensure your body has enough Omega-3 to stay on top of things and keep those cells healthy and happy.
It is definitely safe to take extra Omega-3 when you are pregnant, just be careful of the source. As they advise pregnant women to be careful about the fish they consume, because they can contain contaminants that could be harmful to your baby, the same goes for fish oil.
The safer option is to choose for krill oil which is a purer form of Omega-3 and doesn’t contain the risk of contaminants like fish oil does.
Omega-3 can support adequate birth weight of your unborn baby and also fetal neurodevelopment. Especially EPA and DHA are considered to be very important at time of pregnancy. According to the NHS, maintaining healthy Omega-3 levels is important for pregnant and breast feeding women as well.
The global organisation ‘GOED’ recommends 500 mg per day for the average adult and even 700-1000 mg for pregnant women.
Fish oil is quite hard to digest for the stomach as the Omega-3 in fish oil is bound to triglycerides, which float on top of water.
JellyFish Krill oil on the other hand is hydrophilic (water loving).
The Omega-3 in our Krill oil is bound to phospholipids which dissolve in water easily and so blends nicely in water in your stomach which avoids those unpleasant burps and reflux.
KRILL OIL Explained
The main benefits of Krill Oil Omega-3 are:
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Maintains eye health and reduces the risk of degeneration of your vision because of age
- Fights inflammation and reduces the development of rheumatoid arthritis
- Improves brain health
- Supports immune function, improves bone strength and joint health
- Supports adequate birth weight and fetal neuro-development when pregnant
- Improves symptoms for anxiety and depression
- Alleviates menstrual pain
- Improves your sleep
- Helps your skin to stay healthy and look radiant
Read more about it here: 10 Benefits of JellyFish Krill Oil
"Hey, relax, just take a Krill pill!"
... but what is Krill?
Krill is a very small crustacean, that looks like a shrimp, found on the bottom of the oceans near Antarctica, Japan and Canada and only comes up in the evening to feed on microscopic algae and phytoplankton, which gives them their reddish colour.
They live in huge swarms, which can take up several square kilometers of ocean and are mainly a food source for marine animals like whales, penguins, seals, squids, ...
Krill are considered the largest marine biomass on Earth, at almost two times the weight of the entire human population, approximately 500 million tons of krill.
Krill oil is extracted from Krill [Surprise!] and contains a rich dose of Omega-3. Not just that, it raises the game for Omega-3, as it has all the benefits of basic Omega-3 in fish oil and brings much more to the nutrition table.
On top of having more chance to have a more pure form of Omega-3 as Krill lives away from all things that can contaminate them, Krill oil also contains additionally: phospholipids, antioxidants and choline.
The preferred delivery system: Also called “molecule of life”, phospholipids are building blocks of cell membranes and are therefore easily recognized by your body.
Krill Omega-3s are mainly bound to phospolipids, which functions as a carrier into your cells. Therefore Omega-3s that are bound to phospholipids will be taken up by your cells much better and efficiently than other forms of Omega-3 (as they are generally bound to triglycerides).
Because of those phospholipids, JellyFish Krill oil can reach various parts of your body more easily and deliver Omega-3 to the important parts in your body such as the heart, brain and joints (just to name a few).
Even though it looks like Krill oil has less EPA and DHA, the nutritional value is much higher as phospholipid Omega-3s are absorbed 60% more efficiently by the cells in your body than with other marine sources.
In addition to being the preferred delivery system for Omega-3s, phospholipids mix easily with water which makes it easier for your body to digest it in the stomach, with no unpleasant aftertaste or funny smelling burps as a result.
Astanthaxin is a very powerful antioxidant that gives krill oil its typical red colour and acts as a natural preservative for its fatty acids.
This is needed for the transporting and synthesis of neurotransmitters (acetylcholine) and phospholipids.
Only krill oil contains choline which benefits your cells' structure, their functioning and their signaling abilities.
Most diets globally are believed to have an Omega-3 and Choline deficiency.
First of all, it is a pure(r) source of Omega-3.
Krill being on the bottom of the food chain are practically free of any contaminants, which can’t be said of fish oil as fish are often contaminated with metals. That is one of the reasons pregnant women should be careful with the consumption of fish and fish oils.
Secondly, JellyFish Krill Oil is more than Krill Oil and Omega-3, because it comes with 'The JellyFish Life' !
“Live Young, Die Old” is the moto you can live by. Unlike the jellyfish, you are not 'immortal', but you can try to make life last as long and as good as possible...
Regenerate yourself with the JellyFish life and read more about the JellyFish Tweaks here.
There are some really bad fish oils out there, so you really have to be careful to choose the best quality option. Fish oil is more contaminated, Krill is purer and has extra antioxidants, no after taste, a much smaller pill is needed (and to swallow) than with fish oil...
JellyFish Krill oil has some special features compared to other Omega-3 supplements and sources:
1/ It is absorbed much easier and faster by your body:
The Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in krill oil are bound to phospolipids. Phospholipids are a major part of the cells in your body and are therefore immediately recognized by you body and absorbed into the cells very easily. So, Krill oil Omega-3s are identical to the lipids in the human cell membrane while lipids in fish oils are not.
This is different with for example fish oil which is bound to triglycerides. As they need to be converted into phospholipids by the liver first, they will be absorbed much more difficult and slower by your body. This makes fish oils a less efficient and effective source of Omega-3.
Triglycerides and phospholipids are two of the main forms of fat that are bound to Omega-3. Even though they are similar in structure, they have a very different role in your body.
Triglycerides will be used for energy, stored as body fat or used for the function of cells.
Phospholipids on the other hand are the building blocks of all cell membranes and make sure your cells stay healthy. They are therefore more effective in delivering Omega-3s to all parts of your body.
Krill oil boosts omega-3 more than fish oil even though krill oil delivers less EPA and DHA on a gram to gram basis compared to fish oil. With triglycerides you will need much more EPA and DHA to assure that enough of it will go to your cell membranes. Phospholipids will deliver it more efficiently to the cells and so you need less of it to get all the benefits... and more.
According to a study published by the American Physiological Society, essential fatty acids in the form of phospholipids are superior to those of triglycerides because of the significantly higher concentrations of EPA and DHA.
With Omega-3s that originate from vegetable sources, you have the issue that the type of Omega-3 is ALA and needs to be transformed to Omega-3 EPA first before your body will be able to absorb it, which again, makes this version of Omega-3 less efficient and effective as Krill oil contains Omega-3 EPA and can be absorbed as is.
2/ It contains a natural very powerful antioxidant: Astaxanthin
Krill oil is rich in Astaxanthin, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to support the health of your heart. This also makes sure the krill oil capsules keep fresh as the Astaxanthin will preserve it.
This isn’t present in fish oil, to avoid oxidation they need additives to ensure preservation, so the stability of Omega-3 through fish oil is much less predictable.
3/ No reflux
Because phospholipids (transporting fats of Omega-3 in Krill oil) mix so well with water, it will be processed in the stomach much easier, your body will absorb the Omega-3 better and you won’t suffer from these awkward fishy burps as often experienced with fish oil. Triglycerides (transporting fats of Omega-3 in fish oil) tend to float on top of stomach fluids, which leaves that nasty taste in your mouth and those awful fish-smelling reflux-reactions.
4/ Purer form than fish oil
Fish oil is often contaminated by metals they absorb in the sea, this is one of the reasons why pregnant women are advised to be careful with the consumption of fish and fish oil. At JellyFish we believe that these additional metals that you would take in are not beneficial for anyone, so we definitely prefer Krill oil every time. Krill living at the bottom of the ocean, are practically free of any contaminants.
5/ Choline is the name
Choline what? This is an essential nutrient that benefits your cells’ structure, functioning and signaling.
Omega-3s and Choline are a critical part of every cell in your body but unfortunately, most diets globally have inadequate amounts of both Omega-3 and Choline.
Choline is not present in other sources of Omega-3 like fish oil. Another extra you get from taking JellyFish krill oil ;)
Living a seemingly healthy life might not be enough...
Omega-3s are the most studied nutrients in the world, more than ibuprofen, Viagra, calcium, vitamin D and C! Without it your cells can’t function to the best of their abilities and you will get into all sorts of trouble like problems of the heart, brain, joints, your eyes, skin, the quality of your sleep, your mental health, heck, your whole immune system has a hard time when you don't have enough Omega-3 in your system.
Health authorities around the globe: FDA, EFSA, World Health Organization and American Heart Association believe we should eat at least two servings of fatty fish per week (140 grams per serving).
The conclusion of a recently published study in Nutrients, which compared data from the United States and Germany, was that despite having adequate knowledge of the health benefits of Omega-3, 98% of the participants fell below the optimal range of Omega-3 in their system (+6%).
According to a recent report from the World Econonic Forum and the Harvard School of Public Health the picture of our future in the next 15 years is gloomy as costs related to treating lifestyle diseases, that can be avoided by consuming more Omega-3, will go up to more than 22 trillion dollars globally.
That, my friends, is massive!
So... The truth is that we just don’t eat the amount of fish we are told, you probably only eat half of what you should be eating because it can be expensive or not to the taste of everyone or you just prefer your meat over fish, all of this with a nutrient deficit as a result.
With JellyFish Krill oil, you can make sure to have enough of the best Omega-3s without breaking the bank and making sure you are doing good by your health as well as your conscience.
In short... Why should you take JellyFish Krill oil?
- Helps your cells to stay flexible and healthy
- Purer form of Omega-3 than other sources
- Unique because of better absorbed Phospholipids: 60% better cellular integration
- Sustainable and traceable, sourced from a pure environment
- Kept fresh with the natural preservative Astaxanthin, which means no additives
- Smaller pills, easier to swallow
- No aftertaste or nasty burps
- It is easy! An easy way to get your dose of Omega-3 and help protect your body from life threatening diseases
No reflux with JellyFish Krill Oil!
Because phospholipids (transporting fats of Omega-3 in Krill oil) mix so well with water, it will be processed in the stomach much easier, your body will absorb the Omega-3 better and you won’t suffer from these awkward fishy burps as often experienced with fish oil.
Triglycerides (transporting fats of Omega-3 in fish oil) tend to float on top of stomach fluids, which leaves that nasty taste in your mouth and those awful fish-smelling reflux-reactions.
Yes! The JellyFish Krill Oil supplier has a MSC eco-label! It is sourced via an Eco-Harvesting technology that ensures a gentle catch process to preserve the nutritional integrity of the krill, while practically eliminating by-catch and in that way, limiting the environmental impact.
An ecosystem-based approach is used to prevent krill fishing that will have a negative impact in the ecosystem for as well the harvested species or other species and is fully MSC certificated with an A-rating for sustainability from the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).
At JellyFish we are committed to providing health supplements that benefit you, but we don’t want to compromise the health of our planet. What is the point in taking care of your own health if you wouldn’t recognize that the health of the planet is equally important and intrinsically linked? Therefore all of the catches of our supplier are reported to the CCAMLR (Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources)*.
JellyFish krill is also being fished well below the set limits. Other fisheries have catch limits of 10% or more, whereas the total krill catch is allowed to a limit of 1% of the entire stock biomass (which comes to approximately 600,000 tons).
At the moment, all krill fisheries catch approximately 200,000 tons per year, which is well below the set margin.
Our supplier is also working very hard on reducing their CO2 emissions significantly, by investing in more environmentally-friendly fishing vessels so they can do business in a low-carbon economy.
*The CCAMLR consists of 25 governments that all have to give their consensus for any changes to the fishery regulations in the Antarctic. It has been established in 1982 in reaction to the increased commercial interest in Antarctic krill to ensure that krill won’t be over-exploited like other marine resources have been.
All our supplements are food supplements and we don’t do any medicinal claims, so although there are plenty of studies supporting the benefits of our supplements, they do not replace any prescribed medication or a healthy balanced diet and it is best to check with your pharmacist or GP if you are not sure if these food supplements are suitable for you.