Facts About Krill: Nature's Most Abundant Biomass

Krill is the Norwegian word for "young fry of fish." Another name is "euphausiids," but let's stick with krill. Measuring anywhere from a mere quarter of an inch to over two inches in length, these tiny deepwater planktonic crustaceans look like shrimp, boast a burgeoning 85 species, and live in all the oceans of the world.

If you saw the TV series "Planet Earth," you've seen krill. Gigantic swarms of them formed those huge underwater "clouds" through which whales, seals, sharks and other predators swam with gaping mouths, devouring krill by the ton.

The Adventurous Lifestyle of the Krill

Some scientists call krill "The Magicians of the Ocean." They spend most of their time in the dark ocean depths at about 300 feet, hopefully to keep their distance from predators whose diets are almost exclusively krill. The Antarctic krill eat for only 125 days of the year. In feeding season they rise in great swarms to the surface and dine only on microscopic phytoplankton. Their all-algae diet is one of the most important benefits to you, as it's the key to the high antioxidant power, sun screening ability, toxin-free purity and preservative-free, lasting freshness of Neptune Antarctic Krill Oil (NKO™).

Some swarms of Antarctic krill, aka "Euphausia superba," the star of NKO, have been estimated at 10,000 to 30,000 krill per cubic meter. One report claims that Antarctic krill swarms can occupy an area that's two and a half times the size of Washington D.C.

When in danger, the swarms can scatter, but their defense mechanisms don't end there. They can move backwards at a good clip; they can emit light in a way that visually confuses predators; and they can even shed instantly at will, leaving their outer skins behind as decoys.

Antarctic krill females can produce several thousand offspring at a time. Many times during every breeding season, humongous hordes of individual Antarctic krill females each deposit their several thousand fertilized eggs into the water, freeing them to sink, hatch and carry on without parental supervision.

And so, krill make up the world's most abundant animal biomass. The World Health Organization estimates the North Pacific and Antarctic Euphausia superba krill population at 500 million tons. Other estimates set the worldwide population of all krill species at one to five billion tons. A rich renewable resource, and you are the beneficiary. Why?

"The Perfect Recipe"

Krill is the only biomass containing three key substances the human body needs to function properly: Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and antioxidants including the super-powerful esterified astaxanthin. Phospholipids are the building blocks of human cells, but your body can't make the other ingredients, and you're not likely to be eating krill as food routinely, any time soon. But you can now get it all and get it safely without side effects in Neptune Krill Oil capsules. Always look for the "NKO" trademark on any private-labeled brand.

The best krill oil in the world comes from Euphausia superba: the only species used for NKO™ capsules. Harvested from pristine Antarctic waters and processed with breakthrough technologies, NKO is sterile, free of toxins and heavy metals, stable without preservatives, and exceptionally rich in the omega 3 fatty acids, phospholipids and antioxidants so vital to optimum human health.

NKO is the first and currently the only oil from krill with FDA approval as a new dietary product and with worldwide regulatory approval. And yes, krill oil is better than fish oil. Lots better.

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