Frequently asked questions about Blackmores Eco Krill:
What is krill?
Krill is a term used to describe about 85 species of crustaceans that live in the Antarctica/sub-Antarctic or Southern Ocean. The single species used in Blackmores ECO Krill and ECO Krill 1000mg is Euphausia superba.
Krill plays an important role in the ocean and is a food source for many ocean creatures such as whales, seals and penguins. That’s why it is important to ensure the sustainability of krill in our oceans.
How is Blackmores ECO Krill sustainable?
Blackmores has a commitment to achieve the highest standard of sustainable sourcing. We have worked closely with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to ensure our ECO Krill only uses krill sourced from sustainable fisheries.
- Marine Stewardship Council certification of sustainability is supported by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF)
- MSC is recognised by WWF as having the most rigorous certification available.
The MSC certification is our assurance that this product comes from a fishery that is responsibly managed. The MSC promotes sustainable oceans through three principles of:
- Sustainable fish stocks
- Minimising environmental impact
- Effective fishery management.
What is in Blackmores ECO Krill Oil?
Blackmores ECO Krill 333.3mg is a nutritional oil supplement which provides:
- 333.3 mg of krill oil (euphausia superba)
- 150 mg phosphatidylcholine
- 47 mg of eicospentaenoic acid (EPA)
- 22 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
What is Blackmores ECO Krill 1000mg?
Blackmores ECO Krill 1000mg is a nutritional oil supplement which provides:
- 1000 mg of krill oil (euphausia superba)
- 450 mg phosphatidylcholine
- 140 mg eicospentaenoic acid (EPA)
- 65 mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
Who should use Blackmores ECO Krill 1000mg?
- A high grade krill oil due to its high phosphatidylcholine concentration
- Phospholipids, that research suggests have a beneficial effect on omega-3 absorption
- High strength krill oil
- MSC certified krill oil
What is different in Blackmores ECO Krill compared to other brands?
Blackmores ECO Krill is a high grade krill oil due to its high phosphatidylcholine concentration sourced from sustainable fisheries and that is the only krill oil certified sustainable by the MSC.
Blackmores ECO Krill oil is processed immediately on board the fishing vessel, which helps protect the krill from enzymatic degradation, helping to preserve key nutrients.
Blackmores ECO Krill is batch-selected for its high phospholipid concentration, yielding a greater percentage of phospholipids. The most abundant phospholipid in Blackmores ECO Krill is phosphatidylcholine, which makes up 90% of the phospholipid amount.
How does Blackmores ECO Krill compare to Fish Oil?
Fish oil has a large body of evidence supporting its efficacy, while krill oil currently has studies pending.
Krill oil structure differs to fish oil structure. Krill oil omega-3s are found as part of phospholipids, while fish oil omega-3s are found as part of triglycerides, a different type of fat. A standard fish oil capsule contains the omega-3s EPA 180 mg and DHA 120 mg. Blackmores ECO Krill 1000mg contains EPA 140 mg and DHA 65 mg, while ECO Krill contains EPA 47 mg and DHA 22 mg. Therefore, generally fish oil has higher amounts of omega-3s. Research suggests that phospholipids in krill oil help facilitate and have a beneficial effect on omega-3 fatty acid absorption, however, current research is not clear to what extent.
Krill oil also contains phospholipids, astaxanthin and marine nutrients.
Can I use ECO Krill for inflammation?
Omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory action. Krill oil omega-3s are found as part of phospholipids. Research suggests that phospholipids in krill oil help facilitate and have a beneficial effect on omega-3 fatty acid absorption.
Blackmores would recommend taking Omega Liquid Fish Oil or Lyprinol® for those suffering from conditions of inflammation and pain, as do date, evidence of efficacy is more substantial for these products.
Can I use ECO Krill to help my cholesterol levels?
Blackmores ECO Krill Oil products contain omega-3 fatty acids which may help support a healthy cardiovascular system by assisting with blood flow and suppleness and elasticity of blood vessels. Phosphatidylcholine is necessary for healthy cholesterol and lipid (fat) metabolism and also plays a role in their transport.
Although Krill oil may help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, Blackmores would recommend Cholesterol Health™, with a relevant dose of plant sterols to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and improve LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio within a normal healthy range.
Can I use ECO Krill with fish oil or Lyprinol®?
Blackmores ECO Krill can be taken in conjunction with Blackmores fish oil products and Lyprinol®.
Can I take Blackmores ECO Krill while pregnant or breast-feeding?
Although krill oil is not considered to be harmful in pregnancy, Blackmores would suggest women take fish oils while pregnant instead of krill oil, as there is more data to support use in pregnancy.