Astaxanthin and Krill Oil?

  1. Astaxanthin and Krill Oil?

    If I take Astaxanthin and Now Foods Super Epa fish oil, would adding Neptune Krill oil to this be worth the expense?.

  2. In a word....NO.

    Krill "borrows" fish oil research and nothing has truly suggested superiority when looking at them together.

    D_ Featured Author

  3. dinoiii, from all i've seen, krill's primary advantage is that at a smaller size dose it confers the same cardiovascular positive results as a much higher standard fish oil dose. Something on the order of 5:1 - 10:1 (so 300-600mg of krill is as good as 3000mg standard fish oil). Is that what you've seen?

  4. You'd think there'd have been 100s of studies comparing the two oils, but alas, this is obviously not the case and comparative trials are few and far between, low in power (based on simple number of participants alone), and not well-controlled. You may have one of the above covered, but invariably, the other variables will fail.

    That said, I believe your comparison numbers are a little high BUT it is quite possible that there is some difference (whatever the number) given the free-form TG nature of Fish Oil vs. the phospholipid-bound form of Krill. (best comparison can be made with amino acids which are better absorbed via peptide form; BUT did the rate at which that occurs ever offset the increased cost?). (864 mg vs 543 mg)

    Now, when comparing primary endpoints; what can be said for the phospholipid-offering of Krill is that it at lower and equal doses, krill oil was significantly more effective than fish oil for the reduction of glucose, triglycerides, and LDL levels - based on activated pathways. Understand, too, however, that lower levels of the aforementioned pathways does not always a better bodybuilder make...

    (1) Lower LDL - almost invariably, lower T (not necessarily good for muscle gain)
    (2) Lower glucose - almost invariably, lower Insulin (good for fat loss, not as clear for muscle gain)

    * The triglyceride side is a good thing, however.

    I'd be most curious to see more of a wash-out trial with self-controls evolve...but I don't think I ever will.

    D_ Featured Author

  5. Quote Originally Posted by dinoiii View Post
    In a word....NO.

    Krill "borrows" fish oil research and nothing has truly suggested superiority when looking at them together.


    Thanks I'll save my money then.



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