FAQs

What is Superba™ Krill?

Superba™ Krill is extracted exclusively from Euphausia superba, an Antarctic krill species rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Superba™ Krill omega-3s are best recognized by the body because they are attached to phospholipids, allowing better assimilation into the cells. Read more…

What does Superba™ Krill contain?

Each capsule of Superba™ Krill contains 500 mg of pure Antarctic krill, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and the antioxidant astaxanthin.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids that play an important role in many processes in the human body. They are also essential fatty acids because our bodies do not synthesize them; omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained through diet.

What are EPA and DHA?

The health-promoting properties of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been well documented. Read more…

What are Phospholipids?

Superba™ Krill is rich in phospholipid omega-3s EPA and DHA, which are more bio-efficient than other marine oils. Phospholipid-bound omega-3 fatty acids are water dispersible, making them gentler on the stomach and more readily absorbed by the body. Read more…

How does Superba™ Krill compare to other marine sources from a purity standpoint?

Antarctic krill live in some of the world’s cleanest waters. Thus, the potential for absorption and storage of environmental toxins is minimal. Superba™ Krill Oil is neither a manufactured concentrate nor a product in which the molecular structure of the oil or its constituents have been altered. Read more…

Is it safe?

Currently there are no known toxicity levels for krill oil. In fact, Superba™ Krill has undergone extensive in vitro, in vivo and human studies to determine its safety and lack of toxicity. Read more…

What’s the difference between omega-3 triglycerides and omega-3 phospholipids?

Omega-3 triglycerides (from intake of fish oil, seal oil, fish liver oil) and omega-3 phospholipids (provided by Superba™ Krill Oil) are digested differently, prior to entering the blood stream from the small intestine. Stated succinctly, krill oil undergoes different digestive and distribution routes than fish oil. Read more…

What is the Omega-3 Index?

The Omega-3 Index is a diagnostic tool that provides feedback on an individual’s omega-3 status. By recording the percentage concentration of omega-3 in red blood cells, the Omega-3 Index provides a useful indication of a person’s long-term intake of omega-3s. Read more…

What are the health benefits of Superba™ Krill omega-3s?

Superba™ Krill omega-3s address many health areas, such as: heart health, brain health, joint health, healthy inflammation and women’s health. Read more…

Is krill sustainable?

The oceans are home to enormous quantities of krill. The total weight of the world’s krill is greater than the combined weight of the world’s human population and is the greatest biomass in the world. Read more…

How do krill live?

Antarctic krill spend most of their lifespan of five to seven years in large, densely populated swarms, which can extend over several square kilometers of ocean. Krill are pelagic (live relatively near the ocean’s surface) and migrate vertically through the water column. For example, krill dive to great water depths during the day to avoid being eaten, and resurface in the evening to feed on plankton. Read more…

How long have people been harvesting krill?

Krill has been harvested since the 1800s in the waters around the Southern Ocean and Japan. Large-scale commercial harvesting got underway in the 1960s and early 1970s.

How is krill harvesting regulated?

Commercial krill harvesting in Antarctic waters is currently regulated by CCAMLR (Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources). CCAMLR has limited total annual krill harvesting to almost 6 million metric tons to secure sustainability in the krill mass. Read more…

What is unique about the way krill is harvested by Aker BioMarine?

Aker BioMarine uses a unique, patented technology that continuously siphons netted krill to the factory trawler. The krill arrive aboard alive; decomposition of krill’s bioactive resources does not occur before processing begins. Aker’s Eco-Harvesting® technology is also of fundamental importance because it successfully prevents by-catches of birds, marine mammals and fish. Read more…

What is WWF-Norway?

WWF-Norway and Aker BioMarine work together to facilitate a sustainable management of the krill fishery in the Southern Ocean. WWF-Norway is helping Aker meet key MSC certification requirements, including mapping its fishing activities against local predator populations and ensuring that its fishing operations do not cause serious harm to the ecosystem. Read more…

What is the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)?

Superba™ is the only krill brand certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), a leader in sustainability standards. MSC requirements meet global best practice guidelines for certification and eco-labeling programs. Its certification is based upon health of the target biomass and the impact on the ecosystem fishery management system in place. Read more…

What research programs on krill, its population and the ecosystem that krill is part of does Aker BioMarine participate in?

We continually participate in and fund an annual third-party research of krill predators (predator program) and predator behavior related to krill abundance, distribution patterns, topography and hydrography. Read more…