Krill Oil VS Algae Omega-3



Omega-3 derived from krill is significantly different than omega-3 derived from algae

There are many different sources of omega-3 on the market. On one hand this is great for consumers since they have plenty of options to choose from; on the other hand, it is quite confusing since not all sources of omega-3 are equal. The newest source of omega-3 is algae, which captures a niche in the market for consumers who are vegetarians or those who have allergies to other omega-3 sources; however, it might not be the most optimal choice.


Algae Oil

Made from various species of microalgae, this new omega-3 oil is reported to contain the same lipid type as fish oil – triglycerides. Only one study has been conducted on 10 patients comparing the bioavailability of algae-sourced omega-3s versus krill oil. The conclusion was that algae oil was superior; however, some scientists refute this claim due to major issues in the study design, leaving consumers to doubt its validity. The faults in the design of the study include significant differences in dosing (in favor of algae oil) and analysis, rendering the results of this trial unreliable. In order for any such conclusion to be made more studies will need to be conducted.


Algae oil makers promote their product by mentioning that they are not endangering any species in the process. Since they are made in brackish ponds, or other types of environments depending on the species used, they do not harm any ecosystems and actually absorb an estimated 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans. However it is important to note that algae are not the only sustainable choice of omega-3.


Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®)

Several studies have been conducted comparing the phospholipid-based omega-3s (i.e. krill oil) versus triglyceride-based omega-3s (i.e. fish and algae oils) and found the krill oil to have superior bioavailability. Due to NKO’s phospholipid form, the omega-3s are ready-made for direct incorporation into cell membranes. This makes them much more bioavailable, increasing absorption rates and ultimately benefiting the consumer a lot more than other omega-3s in the first place.


Antarctic Krill is the largest biomass on the planet measuring more than 500 million metric tons. It maintains because it reproduces successfully while it is strictly monitored by the CCAMLR. Neptune uses krill only from suppliers who operate harvesting practices according to guidelines established by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). In recent years, a quota of 2.07% was allowed, but less than 0.06% of the krill biomass was harvested annually. Read more here. Neptune is serious about being environmentally friendly with the harvesting practices of its suppliers in order to bring NKO® to the market.


NKO® is made using our unique extraction and manufacturing processes which enhances the quality of our krill oil compared to competitors. Along with omega-3s, EPA and DHA, vitamins A and E and the super antioxidant astaxanthin also occur naturally in our product. Combined, this makes NKO® great for supporting heart, brain, eye, joint and women’s health.



About the author


Jacqueline Khayat Global Sales Director

Serving as Sales Director, Jacqueline Khayat’s role includes expanding distribution for Neptune’s line of products and ingredients. Jackie has extensive and relevant education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Montreal University and obtaining a Graduate Degree in Business and Management from renowned HEC Montreal. As a Dietitian, she taps into her extensive knowledge of nutrition to help educate the market about omega-3 krill oil benefits and our line of products including OCEANO3: Neptune’s consumer branded krill oil, exclusively offered through its website in Canada and the US.


Jackie also enjoys  a healthy lifestyle, great food and travelling.  You can follow her on Twitter for daily health related tips: @jkhayat23