When consumers consider taking krill oil, there’s one question they consistently ask potential suppliers:
“Is harvesting of krill conducted in an eco-friendly way?”
The answer to this question is an unequivocal “Yes!”
Yet, what makes krill oil a natural and clean product?
A new and eco-friendly harvesting method
Euphausia superba krill live all around the Antarctic, but they are only allowed to be harvested in Area 48. This makes for a controlled and nature-friendly way of going about it.
What’s more, new harvesting methods have solved a major issue: bycatch – the incidental capture of non-target species such as seabirds, seals and penguins.
Leading krill oil suppliers haveinvented new fishing technologies that specifically avoid bycatch. These techniques allow for processing fresh, raw materials with superior product quality, while preventing enzymatic decomposition and preserving all key nutrients in the end product.
Astaxanthin naturally preserves the krill oil
Antarctic krill feed on microscopic algae. Since algae have the ability to synthesize the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, the carotenoid is equally taken up by the krill and protects omega-3 fatty acids from oxidation.
With these abilities, astaxanthin contributes to a clean and natural product, as there is no need to add further preservational ingredients.
The krill are pumped on to the vessel, where they are immediately processed to preserve all the nutrients and ensure superior product quality.
When the water is separated from the cooked krill meal, an oil that naturally contains astaxanthin is obtained.
The final result? A krill oil of 100% neutral lipids, astaxanthin (>750 ppm) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs, 17% omega-3 and 3% omega-6).
No environmental contaminants
The pristine Southern Ocean is among the cleanest waters on Earth. There are no pollutants or chemicals in the water that affect the purity of the krill, making krill oil virtually contaminant free.
As krill are at the bottom of the food chain, they have a short life cycle, leading to no accumulation of mercury and other toxins, which are often found in marine life higher in the food chain.
All the components of krill oil – omega-3s, phospholipids, choline and astaxanthin – occur naturally. Nothing needs to be added artificially.
You can safely consume krill oil and enjoy a clean, natural and healthy lifestyle.