In order to effectively maintain our body functions and keep our cells and body in balance, we need a constant supply of nutrients. While in disease conditions, it is also important to address fluctuations in these components, caused by inflammation that weakens the body. Hence the interest and growing evidence surrounding krill oil as an important nutrient based on its main constituents: 

  • Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA)
  • Phospholipids, specifically their choline through phosphatidylcholine - a component of lecithin

Krill oil is unique because it is a combination of naturally occurring nutrients. When ingested, it delivers EPA/DHA, phospholipids and choline to the body where they work individually and in combination: 

  1. as important components in the structure and functioning of cells, 
  2. to help balance bodily functions, 
  3. in deficiencies caused by a health condition related to the heart, brain, inflammation, decreased immunity, liver, etc. 

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most recognizable and researched compounds, on which over 20,000 scientific articles have been published. Studies have shown that when omega-3 fatty acids are consumed from marine sources such as fish and krill, they are incorporated into cells, affecting their structure and function. Unlike fish oil, krill oil not only delivers EPA and DHA, but also phospholipids to the cells where they influence the remodeling of their structure, fluidity and function. Thanks to this, they not only affect cholesterol metabolism, but can build intracellular pathways and mechanisms , leading to significant health benefits. 

Dr. Lena Burri 

Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS Oslo, Norway

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