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TOP 50 REVIEWERon July 29, 2013
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This is a side-by-side comparison of ten leading brands of krill oil: Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs), Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs), Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs), Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs), Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil, Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil, Viva Labs Krill Oil, Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count), Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count), and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count), and a leading brand of omega-3 fish oil, Nutrigold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold Fish Oil.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Omega-3 fatty acids are what make krill oil and fish oil so beneficial. There are three major components of omega-3 fatty acids in these products: EPA (which is good for your heart, circulatory system, lowering triglycerides, depression and mood orientation, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory for soothing joint pains), DHA (which is good for your mental acuity, or if you are pregnant, nursing an infant, or for children), and "other." Other omega-3s, like DPA and SDA, are types of fatty acids which are easily converted to EPA in the body. In most fish oils, the amount of these other fatty acids is low, but in highly concentrated oils, it can be a significant amount. The important components are EPA and DHA.

KRILL OIL VS FISH OIL: Krill oil is an omega-3 nutrient and is an alternative source of omega-3 than fish oil. Some folks prefer krill oil over fish oil because they believe it has increased bioavailability and better absorption than fish oil, and contains the additional nutrients, Astaxanthin and Phospholipids. In fact, this is correct. Krill oil has better bioavailability and absorption than fish oil and contains Astaxanthin and Phospholipids, neither of which are contained in fish oil. However, from the perspective of potency, krill oil contains less omega-3 fatty acids per gel cap than a high grade fish oil gel cap such as Nutrigold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold Fish Oil. So, in order to obtain the same omega-3 benefits from krill oil that you do from a high grade fish oil, you need to take more krill oil gel caps, despite the fact that krill oil is more bioavailable and better absorbed than fish oil. This translates into additional cost.

ASTAXANTHIN: Astaxanthin is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is a red-pink substance found in various seafoods such as salmon, trout, krill, lobster and cooked shrimp. It is responsible for the red color of salmon meat, cooked shellfish and flamingo feathers. It is present in krill oil but not in fish oil.

The presence of astaxanthin in krill oil, combined with other naturally occurring antioxidants in the oil (Vitamins E and A), provides protection against oxidation of the oil, making it stable for a long time. It also protects the body against free radical attacks which can cause aging of the cells. Antioxidants are usually added in fish oil to prevent the oil from oxidizing as they do not have any on their own.

PHOSPHOLIPIDS: Phospholipids facilitate the absorption of omega-3 into your system. It, too, is present in krill oil but not in fish oil. In krill oil, the omega-3 fatty acids are attached to phospholipids whereas the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are attached to triglycerides. The phospholipids contribute to better absorption and utilization of the EPA & DHA by the cells, making krill oil more bio-effective than fish oil.

SOURCE OF KRILL OIL AND FISH OIL: Unlike fish oil, which comes primarily from fish such as anchovies, sardines, mackerel, cod, pollock and whiting, krill oil comes from krill, a crustacean that looks somewhat like a small shrimp.

ALERGIC REACTION TO KRILL OIL: Since krill is a crustacean, many folks may have an allergic reaction to krill oil. If you are allergic to shellfish, you need to be aware of this.

BREAKDOWN: Below is a breakdown of these supplements.

Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) (See, Maximum Strength Krill Oil Supplement - Krill Oil Omega-3 Gold, 1500 mg per Serving, 60 Softgels - IKOS 5-Star Certified, Hexane-free, Cold-Pressed Neptune Krill Oil with Astaxanthin (Formerly 1000mg Softgels - Now in 750mg Odorless Vegetarian Liquid Ca...)
*****
Certified Halal
$37.86 for 60 750 mg capsules on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one capsule
Price per capsule = $.63 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $3.33 (using Amazon's price)
One 750 mg capsule contains a total of:
EPA = 94.5 mgs
DHA = 55 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 40 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 189.5 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 25%
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Vegetarian
Phospholipids = 310 mgs
Astaxanthin = .69 mgs
IKOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 476-3542
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), vegetarian capsule (plant cellulose), contains shellfish derivatives (krill oil) derivatives

Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) (See, Nutrigold Krill Gold - Neptune Krill Oil (Clinically-proven NKO), 500 mg, 120 softgels)
*****
Certified Halal
$37.48 for 120 500 mg gel capsules on Amazon
Recommended Serving: two capsules
Price per capsule = $.31 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.48 (using Amazon's price)
One 500 mg capsule contains a total of:
EPA = 63 mgs
DHA = 36.5 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 26.5 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 126 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 25%
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Vegetarian
Phospholipids = 262.5 mgs
Astaxanthin = .46 mgs
IKOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 476-3542
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), softgel (bovine gelatin, non-GMO vegetable glycerin, and purified water)

Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs) (See, Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil 1000mg Soft-gels, 60-Count)
*****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$28.70 for 60 1000 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.48 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.08 (using Amazon's price)
One 1000 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 120 mgs
DHA = 70 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 40 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 230 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 23%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 390 mgs
Astaxanthin = .75 mgs
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (888) 669-3663
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, enteric coating, water) and glycerin

Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) (See, NOW Foods Neptune Krill Oil 500mg, 120 Softgels,)
*****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$29.49 for 120 500 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.25 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.59 (using Amazon's price)
One 500 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 70 mgs
DHA = 40 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.5 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 5 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 115 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 23%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 195 mgs
Astaxanthin = .50 mgs
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (888) 669-3663
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, enteric coating, water), and glycerin

Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil (See, Megared Extra Strength Krill Oil Softgel, 80 Count)
***
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$29.90 for 80 500 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.37 using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $3.25 (using Amazon's price)
One 500 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 64 mgs
DHA = 30 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 21 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 115 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 23%
No soy
Contains GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Distillation process unknown
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 167 mgs
Astaxanthin = 25 mcgs (.025 mgs) *
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (800) 526-6251
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), gelatin, and glycerin

Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil (See, MegaRed Omega 3 Krill Oil 300mg Supplement, 90 Count)
**
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$24.17 for 90 300 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: one gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.27 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.98 (using Amazon's price)
One 300 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 50 mgs
DHA = 24 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 16 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 90 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 30%
No soy
Contains GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Distillation process unknown
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 130 mgs
Astaxanthin = None
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (800) 526-6251
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), gelatin, glycerin ethyl vanillin, water, and sorbitol

Viva Labs Krill Oil (See, Viva Labs Krill Oil (Formerly Everest Nutrition): 100% Pure Cold Pressed Antarctic Krill Oil - Highest Levels of Omega-3s in the Industry, 1250mg/serving, 60 Capliques)
****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$26.95 for 60 625 mg capliques on Amazon
Recommended Serving: two capliques
Price per caplique = $.45 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.99 (using Amazon's price)
One 625 mg caplique contains a total of:
EPA = 82.5 mgs
DHA = 47.5 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 20 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 150 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per caplique = 24%
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
Mercury free
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 250 mgs
Astaxanthin = .80 mgs
IKOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 290-7831
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), hypromeltose, and water

Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) (See, Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil, Supports Brain, Memory, Energy, Cardiovascular Health, 30 Softgels)
*****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$11.11 for 30 600 mg gel caps from Amazon
Recommended Serving: two gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.37 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.84 (using Amazon's price)
One 600 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 60.0 mgs
DHA = 35.0 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 1.7 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 35 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 130 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 22%
No soy
No GMOs
No cholesterol
Proprietary MSO® (Multi Stage Oil extraction) Processing
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 195 mgs
Astaxanthin = 57.5 mcgs (.057 mgs)
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (310) 204-6936
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), softgel consists of gelatin, glycerin, purified water, natural mixed tocopherols, and ascorbyl palmitate

Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) (See, Longevity Neptune Krill Oil NKO 500Mg 60 Softgel)
*****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$20.85 for 60 500 mg gel caps from Amazon
Recommended Serving: two gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.35 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $2.32 (using Amazon's price)
One 500 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 75 mgs
DHA = 45 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 30 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 150 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 30%
No soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 190 mgs
Astaxanthin = .75 mgs
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (800) 777-5677
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), gelatin, glycerin, purified water, and natural lemon oil

Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) (See, Source Naturals ArcticPure Krill Oil 500mg, 60 Softgels)
*****
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$17.22 for 60 500 mg gel caps from Amazon
Recommended Serving: two gel caps
Price per gel cap = $.29 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $1.91 (using Amazon's price)
One 500 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 75 mgs
DHA = 45 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 2 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 30 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 150 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap =30%
Contains soy
No GMOs
Contains cholesterol
Patented Solvent Extraction
No mercury
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
Phospholipids = 190 mgs
Astaxanthin = .75 mgs
IKOS Rating = Not rated
Phone Number: (800) 777-5677
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: shellfish (krill oil), medium chain triglycerides, gelatin, glycerin, purified water, natural lemon oil, and d-alpha tocopherol

Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold
Ethyl Esters form
Not certified Kosher or Halal
$43.19 for 180 1250 mg gel caps on Amazon
Recommended Serving: 1 gel cap
Price per gel cap = $.24 (using Amazon's price)
Price per 1000 mgs omega-3 = $.23 (using Amazon's price)
One 1250 mg gel cap contains a total of:
EPA = 750 mgs
DHA = 250 mgs
EPA/DHA ratio = 3 to 1
Other Omega-3 = 60 mgs
Total Omega-3 = 1060 mgs
Percentage Omega-3 per gel cap = 85%
Soy allergen free
No GMOs
No cholesterol
No mercury
Molecularly distilled
Not enteric coated
Not vegetarian
IFOS Rating = ***** (five stars, top rating)
Phone Number: (800) 476-3542
Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Ingredients: pharmaceutical grade purified fish oil (from certified sustainable wild-caught pacific cod and pollock from Alaskan waters), softgel capsule (bovine gelatin, vegetable glycerin, purified water), and natural mixed tocopherols

IKOS: The International Krill Oil Standards Program ("IKOS") is a third-party testing and accreditation program for omega-3 krill oil products. Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs), Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs), and Viva Labs Krill Oil are listed as five star krill oil products, which is the highest rating attainable.

IFOS: The International Fish Oil Standards Program ("IFOS") (Google "IFOS consumer reports") is an independent third party omega-3 testing organization that provides batch-specific summaries of a product's IFOS testing results. The reports include a 5-star rating for each product containing greater than 60% concentration of EPA and DHA per gram of fish oil, allowing consumers to compare fish oil products based on their safety, purity and quality. Most of the highly rated omega-3 fish oil products are listed. Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold is listed as a five star omega-3 fish oil product, which is the highest rating attainable.

OMEGA-3 CONTENT: Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs) (230 mgs) contains the most omega-3 per pill of those in the comparison; followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) (189 mgs); followed by Viva Labs Krill Oil (150 mgs), Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) (150 mgs), and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) (150 mgs); followed by Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) (130 mgs); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) (126 mgs); followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) (115 mgs), Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil (115 mgs); and followed by Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil (90 mgs), which contains the least amount of omega-3 per pill of those in the comparison.

PRICE PER PILL: Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) ($.63 per capsule) is the most expensive per pill of those in the comparison; followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs) ($.48 per gel cap); followed by Viva Labs Krill Oil ($.45 per caplique); followed by Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) ($.37 per gel cap) and Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil ($.37 per gel cap); followed by Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) ($.35 per gel cap); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) ($.31 per capsule); followed by Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil ($.27 per gel cap); followed by Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) ($.29 per gel cap); and followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) ($.25 per gel cap), which is the least expensive per pill of those in the comparison.

PRICE PER 1000 MGS OMEGA-3: Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) ($3.33 per 1000 mgs omega-3) is the most expensive per 1000 mgs omega-3 of those in the comparison; followed by Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil ($3.25 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Viva Labs Krill Oil ($2.99 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil ($2.98 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) ($2.84 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) ($2.59 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) ($2.48 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) ($2.32 per 1000 mgs omega-3); followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs) ($2.08 per 1000 mgs omega-3); and followed by Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) ($1.91 per 1000 mgs omega-3), which is the least expensive per 1000 mgs of omega-3 of those in the comparison.

SOY: None of these products contain soy, except Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count).

GMOs: None of these products contain GMOs, except Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil and Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil.

CHOLESTEROL: Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs), Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs), and Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) do not contain cholesterol. Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs), Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs), Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil, Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil, Viva Labs Krill Oil, Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count), and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) contain cholesterol.

VEGETARIAN: Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) and Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) are the only supplements in this comparison that are vegetarian.

VANILLIN: Only Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil contains vanillin, which is used to mask the smell of krill oil. Some consumers have a problem with vanillin.

PHOSPHOLIPIDS: Now Foods Krill Oil (1000 mgs) (390 mgs) contains the most Phospholipids per pill of those in the comparison; followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) (310 mgs); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) (262.5 mgs); followed by Viva Labs Krill Oil (250 mgs); followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) (195 mgs) and Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) (195 mgs); followed by Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) (190 mgs) and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) (190 mgs); followed by Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil (167 mgs); and followed by Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil (130 mgs), which contains the least amount of Phospholipids per pill of those in the comparison.

ASTAXANTHIN: Viva Labs Krill Oil (.80 mgs) contains the most Astaxanthin per pill of those in the comparison; followed by Now Foods Krill Oil (1000 mgs) (.75 mgs), Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) (.75 mgs), and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) (.75 mgs); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) (.69 mgs); followed by Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs) (.50 mgs); followed by Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs) (.46 mgs); followed by Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) (57.5 mcgs); followed by Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil (25 mcgs); and followed by Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil (None), which contains the least amount of Astaxanthin per pill of those in the comparison.

DISTINCTION BETWEEN SOURCE NATURALS NKO NEPTUNE KRILL OIL (60 Count) AND SOURCE NATURALS ARCTIC PURE KRILL OIL (60 Count): These two products are the same in terms of omega-3 content, cholesterol, Phospholipids content, Astaxanthin content, and price per gel cap. Neither contains GMOs. However, Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) contains soy and Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) does not contain soy. The ingredients are also different. Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) contains shellfish (krill), medium chain triglycerides, gelatin, glycerin, purified water, natural lemon oil, and d-alpha tocopherol, whereas Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count) contains shellfish (krill), gelatin, glycerin, purified water, and natural lemon oil.

OPINION: Krill oil contains far less EPA and DHA than a high potency fish oil. I would not recommend any krill oil product as a substitute for fish oil, regardless of the fact that they contain Phospholipids and Astaxanthin, unless they are taken in much greater quantities, resulting in significantly greater cost.

Furthermore, the amount of Astaxanthin present in krill oil is extremely small, as you need 4-12 mgs of Astaxanthin daily for it to be really beneficial. Some krill oil brands, like Schiff and Jarrow, contain abysmally small amounts of Astaxanthin, measured in micrograms (not milligrams; 1000 micrograms equals one milligram), which, I believe, is caused by the fact that the Astaxanthin has been processed out of the product or has dissipated over time after a period of shelf life.

RECOMMENDATION: There are a couple of options, in my view:

1. If you're looking for a fish oil product that is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold Fish Oil would be a good choice, since you want to take at least 1000 mgs of omega-3 fatty acids daily. Of course, you could take four to six Viva Labs Krill Oil, Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs), Schiff Mega Red Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil, or Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count) gel caps daily, or two to three Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs) or Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs) gel caps daily, to make up the difference in the reduced quantity of omega-3 fatty acids in krill oil (allowing for the increased bio-availability of krill oil over fish oil), but that can become very expensive.

2. If you decide to go with fish oil rather than krill oil, you don't want to forget about sufficient quantities of Astaxanthin and Phospholipids which are generally not present in fish oil. So, you could take an excellent Astaxanthin supplement such as Nutrigold Natural Astaxanthin Gold, and, if you wish, eat foods such as egg yolks, liver, peanuts, and raw tuna (sashimi) for Phospholipids.

RATING:

I rated Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (750 mgs), Nutrigold Krill Oil Gold (500 mgs), Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (1000 mgs), Now Foods Neptune Krill Oil (500 mgs), Jarrow Formulas Krill Oil (30 Count), Source Naturals NKO Neptune Krill Oil (60 Count), and Source Naturals Arctic Pure Krill Oil (60 Count) five stars.

I rated Schiff MegaRed Extra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil three stars because it contains only 25 mcgs of Astaxanthin, which is an extremely small amount.

I rated Viva Labs Krill Oil four stars because the company refuses to divulge the source of its krill oil, taking the position that it is "proprietary information," and that, in my opinion, creates a transparency issue with the company, because the source of the company's krill oil is not "proprietary information."

I rated Schiff MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil two stars, primarily because of its poor quality and because it contains NO Astaxanthin.

I rated Nutrigold Triple Strength Fish Oil Omega-3 Gold five stars because it has one of the highest omega-3 potencies on the market (85%), it is IFOS five star rated, it is molecularly distilled, it is soy free, it is GMO free, it is mercury free, it is cholesterol free, and it is one of the least expensive high quality omega-3 fish oil products available.

I have separately reviewed all of these products.

I have separately reviewed all of these products.

* 1000 micrograms (mcg) equal one milligram (mg).

Prices current as of 05/14/2016.
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on March 7, 2011
I love NOW supplements and find the company to be highly reputable and their products to be high quality and reasonably priced. These are the highest quality Krill oil supplements from NKO that I can find. Mercola (which I've bought in the past) used to be better quality. These NOW NKO Krill have higher Omegas and astaxanthin (antioxidant with all kinds of health benefits). Also, I noticed that the NOW doesn't smell fishy like the bottle of Mercola does. I'll stick with NOW Krill from now on. The NOW have an enteric coating and krill doesn't spoil like other fish oils tend to due to the high antioxidant levels, from what I've read.

Mercola used to manufacture high quality krill oil, but they've since changed suppliers and the quality is worse than what it was. They are trying to fool consumers with a "new and improved" label, but the comparison below speaks for itself.

Mercola Krill Oil:
1,000 mg genuine Krill Oil
150 IU vitamin A
400 mg omega-3 rich phospholipids
90 mg EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
50 mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
20 mg omega-6 fatty acids
600 mcg astaxanthin

Now's NKO Krill

Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) 1.0 g (1,000 mg)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 300 mg
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 150 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 90 mg
Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids 60 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 20 mg
Omega-9 Fatty Acids 100 mg
Phospholipids 400 mg
Esterified Astaxanthin 1.25 mg
Choline 70 mg
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on July 18, 2012
As a pilot I'm required to have a medical examination every two years. A few years ago I went into the examination and my blood pressure was higher then allowed, over 150, which meant that to fly I had to take blood pressure meds. The flight surgeon gave me one chance just in case the high bp was a "white coat" reaction. And that was to get 5 measurements over a weeks time at my regular physician.

I mentioned this to my Krav instructor at the time and he told me about a client of his who had a similar problem and took fish oil and his pressure came down. I found the largest fish oil pills I could find and took two with every meal for two weeks, then went to my regular physician and all five measurements were in the 140's.

I was intrigued so did further research and found that Krill Oil is many times as concentrated as fish oil. I've been taking a Krill Oil pill after breakfast ever since. My blood pressure ranges from 128 to 135 for more than two years now.

I've shared this with other pilot friends and nearly all (but not all) of them have also seen their blood pressure drop.
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on October 7, 2011
I went to Consumerlab.com, a company that independently tests health and nutritional products. One of the studies that they undertook was with this product. The study that they did found that only 79.1% of the reported EPA that the company (Now Foods) claimed to have was actually in the pills and 76.7% of the reported DHA was in the pills. The study also pointed out that 78.4% of the total omega-3 fatty acids were actually in the pills as well. They also analyzed the amount of "spoilage compounds" which measures burping and other "gastrointestinal effects." To be considered fresh, the spoiling compounds can't exceed a TOTOX value of 26, this product had a TOTOX value of 57.4.

Don't pay attention to their "GMP quality assured" seal. It's meaningless without companies like Consumerlab actually doing independent research to verify if a company's claims are true. Even if only 5% of the DHA (which is more important and necessary than EPA) was off, every company has a duty to accurately disclose what is in their products. I've had a suspicion about this company for some time since I bought their magnesium pills. I could never reconcile how a company that produces as many supplements as NOW Foods has listed on their website is able to find a way to price their products at competitive price points compared with their competitors. Especially a company with little notoriety-I only found out about this company a few months ago.

Anyways, I did my part. And more likely in the future, I'll seek an alternative to this company.
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on April 11, 2011
After using the krill oil for 1 month my LDL dropped from 157 to 112. Total
Cholesterol dropped from 237 to 187. I would recommend this product to anyone with high cholesterol.
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on June 19, 2011
Krill oil is becoming pretty popular lately, and I think for good reason. It has all the benefits of fish oil, and then some. It would be impossible to list all the benefits, and besides if you're looking for krill oil, you probably know some of them. If you don't, just Google "Krill oil", but also Google "Astaxanthin." Each capsule has 1.25mg of Astaxanthin, so it's like getting 2 for 1.

The quality is great. As far as I know, all Krill oil sold right now is made by Neptune Bio Tech (hence the "NKO" somewhere on the bottle of any kind of krill oil). So the main ingredient is pretty much the same from one brand to another, so why pay more?

Some of the benefits I've experienced:

-Decreased pain and recovery time from weight training
-Slight increase in energy
-Skin and hair feels better
-Natural Sun-block (sounds crazy, but this is proven in research on Astaxanthin. I have drastically decreased the amount of sunscreen I use and have yet to get a sunburn that peels)
-An increased general sense of well-being

I've gotten the best results taking 3-4 per day, spaced throughout the day, depending on my level of exercise, stress, sun exposure, etc.
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on February 14, 2011
Been taking these for over 9 months. Easy to swallow (and I have problems swallowing pills), no after taste or burps, can be taken on empty stomach, no smelly pills or bottle. Since taking these my health has improved greatly. Not just because of these pills but a combination of pills. Krill is for individuals who have problems digesting Omega Oil or fish Oil. Which there seems to be millions of people who share this problem, I being one of them. My hair and nails grow super fast now. Hair is stronger, nails are stronger, skin is softer. I am 33 years old and have been getting white hair growing in on the sides. But since taking this product the white hair has been getting darker and hair is getting stronger and softer at the same time. Not soft as in thinning, but just soft like silk. Krill is higher in OMEGAS then any other fish oils. That's why the price is higher then other Omega oils. You only get what you pay for, so if your health is important and cost is not an issue... Try this wonderful product!!!
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on April 6, 2016
I never thought I, of all people, would be using krill oil. While I've never had issues with cholesterol and really don't have problems with weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc., a routine physical a few months ago showed my triglycerides were VERY high. While discussing this with my doctor, we determined that the cause was likely due to the fact I love to bake and eat a lot of bread.

I decided to dramatically reduce all starches from my diet and with my doctor's encouragement, also started taking this krill oil. Within two months, my triglycerides had dropped more than 100 points--and that was after taking only one of these a day along with that dietary change. Amazingly, I also noticed that I no longer need to take any anti-inflammatory medications since using this. When you consider that I've had auto-immune related inflammation/arthritis since my teens, this is a Very Big Deal. (To be fair, it's possible the dietary change along with my also taking a gelatin supplement may have also helped in this regard.) I'm also not having the stomach upset I was always having from taking those NSAIDS.

If you have problems with inflammation, and/or if you have problems with triglycerides, the first thing I'd recommend is taking this product. Your body will thank you.
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on October 7, 2011
This product has everything I seek in a 1000 mg Krill Oil capsule according to its label - 300 mg of Omega 3, 400 mg phospholipids, and 1.5 mg of astaxanthin. I made the mistake in the past of buying the fake Krill Oils with very low phospholipids. Of course, I have no way of knowing if the capsule contains what the label says it does. Guess I could send it to an independent lab, as Mercola recommends.

No fishy smell in the bottle or capsule and it has an almost sweet taste when taken. I order six bottles at a time and per my blood labs they seem to be providing the benefit I want - increased HDL. I don't think the enteric coating is necessary, but can't hurt.

I like the 1000 mg capsules better than the 500mg as I can take fewer each day.
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on February 3, 2013
I have taken the NOW krill Oil 1000 for over a year. My cholesterol was previously around 200-210. With the NOW krill Oil it was, at last lab check, 166. I recommend it to anyone with cholesterol problems.
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