Finding the most effective version of any supplement online is difficult at best. But when it comes to krill oil things get even more confusing really fast. The good news is once you know what you’re looking for, a quick glance at the supplement facts will tell you everything you need to know.
What You’re Looking For
Serving Size: The most common is 1,000 MG. Smaller isn’t necessarily bad as long as the percentages of other ingredients holds up. But in most cases smaller serving size masks low quality and allows for a cheaper product.
Total Omega-3’s: These are what make Krill oil so good for you.
Total Phospholipids: How much of your Omega-3’s are in phospholipid form is also crucial. It’s this form that makes the Omega-3’s in Krill Oil better than those in fish oil. If the phospholipid count is too low you’re dealing with some very poor quality Krill Oil. Might as well just stick to fish oil.
EPA and DHA: These are the specific Omega-3’s that deliver the big health benefits. More is better. Less is… well, less. And it’s also less quality most of the time.
Astaxanthin: The super-antioxidant that sets Krill Oil apart from fish oil. Astaxanthin is just an amazing powerhouse, and the higher the number here also the better.
Comparing Krill Oil Labels
Lets start with what is probably the best selling Krill Oil supplement: Mega Red by Schiff.
- 300 MG Serving size means smaller pills and lower price
- Only 90 MG Omega-3’s
- Only 45 MG EPA/ 27 MG DHA
- No Mention of Phospholipid Content
- No Mention of Astaxanthin
As you’ll see in a moment, even at the smaller serving size these numbers are much lower than other brands.
Dr. Mercola’s Pure Antarctic Krill Oil
Moving to the online world, Dr. Mercola probably has the best selling Krill Oil supplement.
- 1, ooo MG serving, but…
- Only 90 MG EPA/ 50 MG DHA
- 600 mcg Astaxanthin = .6 MG – still a very small amount
When looking at the label, Dr. Mercola’s Krill Oil just does not have the concentrations of phospholipids, EPA/DHA and Astaxanthin that other brands do.
Wonder Labs Krill Oil
- 1000 MG Serving
- Only 135 MG of “phospholipid – Omega-3 Complex”?
- Only 80 MG EPA/ 40 MG DHA
- 1.5 MG Astaxanthin
We’re not sure what a “phospholipid – Omega-3 Complex” is, but either way the number here is very low. And at only 80 MG and 40 MG of EPA and DHA.. this is not high quality krill oil.
Krill Doctor Professional Krill Oil
This is one of the cases where you have to really look out. All the numbers look good, except for one glaring omission: Where are the phospholipids? Since those are the most important, we can’t recommend this brand.
- 1,000 MG Serving
- 300 MG Omega-3’s
- 150 MG EPA/ 90 MG DHA
- 1.5 MG Astaxanthin
Viva Labs Krill Oil (AKA KrillOil.com)
Here we have Viva Labs Krill Oil, sold at krilloil.com. This product has a higher serving size which can make it seem that the numbers here are better. But if we look closely, that isn’t necessarily the case.
To make the comparison easier, an equal (to the previous products) serving size of 1,000 MG would contain:
- 240 MG Omega-3’s
- 132 MG EPA
- 76 MG DHA
- 400 MG Phospholipids
- 1.28 MG Astaxanthin
So as you see, Everest is higher quality than some, but not the highest quality available.
Captains Krill Oil™
As Krill Oil has grown in popularity, we’ve seen a disturbing trend towards mass production. Many of the products listed above have made some unsettling adjustments as the need for more and more output placed demands on their processes.
In many cases this has led to extraction methods that use chemical solvents, and to giant warehouses where extracted oil waits for months at a time in metal drums to be encapsulated.
These methods and wait times have added even more steps to the process as manufacturers have to further manipulate the products to achieve even the basic label numbers mentioned above.
Captain’s Krill Oil comes at the process from the opposite angle. They believe that fresher, purer, unaltered krill oil will meet nutrient numbers naturally.
In the beginning, they marketed the product on freshness and purity alone. They don’t list nutrient numbers on the label. But since so many have asked, they’ve recently begun testing Captain’s for nutrient breakdown, and can now definitively say that their small-batch processing leads to not only the freshest, purest krill oil on the market, but also delivers the nutrient numbers you want to see:
For this reason, we are proud to wholeheartedly recommend Captain’s Krill Oil.