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3rd Krill Powder Study Published

Aker BioMarine today announces a third publication in the Journal of Functional Foods with its new SuperbaTM KRILL POWDER product, containing a mix of protein and oil from Antarctic krill.

Initial research on SuperbaTM KRILL POWDER focused on mice receiving a high-fat diet supplemented with krill powder. After 6 weeks of administration, blood and liver lipid levels improved and liver inflammation was reduced in the krill powder group only(1).

A follow-up study in obese men confirmed that SuperbaTM KRILL POWDER supplementation has a beneficial effect on blood triglyceride levels and further found significantly decreased waist/hip and visceral fat/skeletal muscle mass ratios(2).

This latest study was performed at LifeGen Technologies, Madison, WI, in collaboration with researchers from University of Bergen, Norway. For 12 weeks, a SuperbaTM  KRILL POWDER-containing diet was administered to healthy mice before changes in hepatic gene expression levels were assessed(3).

The study revealed that pathways of metabolic processes were down-regulated, including glucose metabolism and degradation of lipids and amino acids. However, energy metabolism was up-regulated at the gene level. Researchers believe dietary supplementation with Superba(TM) KRILL POWDER has the potential to prevent age-related decline in weight and energy due to preservation of amino acids in combination with increased energy production.

According to study author Bodil Bjørndal, PhD, “The findings of this study support further investigation into whether a lipid and protein combination product can have additional benefits over omega-3 supplementation alone; in particular, if a krill powder diet vs. a krill oil diet has an added effect on pathways involved in protein metabolism.”

Nils Hoem, Chief Scientist, Aker BioMarine will be presenting new data from this study at a session titled “Established, Emerging & Upcoming Krill Research” at this year’s SupplySide West show in Las Vegas, NV. According to Hoem, “The scientific documentation behind Superba(TM) Krill only continues to grow in support of our existing and new products.”  The presentation will be held at 2.30 pm on Thursday, November 14th at booth 15075. The Aker BioMarine booth is 27035.



For more information, please contact:

Tim de Haas, Aker BioMarine, +47 24 13 00 00


North America:

Becky Wright, 206-855-6736 x210



Roar Hernes, +47 (241) 30123



Chris McReynolds, +1 206-660-6756



Lalen Dogan, +61-3-9999-1112




1. Bjorndal, B., Vik, R., Brattelid, T., Vigerust, N. F., Burri, L., Bohov, P., Nygard, O., Skorve, J., and Berge, R. K. (2012) Krill powder increases liver lipid catabolism and reduces glucose mobilization in tumor necrosis factor-alpha transgenic mice fed a high-fat diet. Metabolism: clinical and experimental 61, 1461-1472

2. Berge, K., Piscitelli, F., Hoem, N., Silvestri, C., Meyer, I., Banni, S., and Di Marzo, V. (2013) Chronic treatment with krill powder reduces plasma triglyceride and anandamide levels in mildly obese men. Lipids Health Dis 12, 78

3.Bjørndal, B., Berge, K., Barger, J. L., Berge, R. K., and Burri, L. (2013) A krill powder-diet reduces fatty acid and amino acid catabolism while increasing mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, a study of the hepatic transcriptome in mice. Accepted in J Funct Foods


About Superba(TM) KRILL POWDER

SuperbaTM KRILL POWDER is a new offering from Aker BioMarine that is unique in its composition. It is produced aboard a vessel certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) using a patent-pending technology. Superba(TM) KRILL POWDER gives customers the ability to formulate krill ingredients into tablets and other dry form applications.

About Superba(TM) Krill Oil

Superba(TM) Krill is a pure, natural source of the health-promoting EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids and the naturally occurring antioxidant astaxanthin. Superba(TM) Krill is unique in that the omega-3 fatty acids are provided in phospholipid form. In vitro, in vivo and human clinical research has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Superba(TM) Krill oil.

About Aker BioMarine

Aker BioMarine is an integrated biotechnology company dedicated to the sustainable harvesting of krill and development of krill-derived biotech products. The company supplies biomarine ingredients through an optimized value chain. Aker BioMarine’s Superba(TM) Krill products are provided with 100% traceability from sea to shelf. Only Aker’s krill fishery has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.