I recently received a question from a reader: what is krill oil and should I be taking it? While the school kids in the recent Let's Move video with Michelle Obama and Will Ferrell weren't excited about krill-oil supplements--in sandwiches--for lunch, there may be reasons to consider taking the supplement. As its name implies, krill oil is oil extracted from krill--tiny sea-dwelling crustaceans--and made into a soft-gel capsule. Krill are a rich source of DHA and EPA, omega-3 fats that promote heart and brain health and reduce inflammation.
Krill oil is often touted as a supplement superior to fish oil: preliminary research suggests that our bodies better absorb omega-3s from krill oil than from fish oil. In other words, you'd need a smaller dose of omega-3s if they're coming from krill. But here's the catch: to get enough omega-3s you'd still have to actually swallow more krill-oil pills than fish-oil pills,Read More »from Should You Be Taking Krill Oil Supplements? (No, Not in a Sandwich Will Ferrell!)