Neptune: Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) and its health-promoting properties

Since its market entrance, Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) and its health-promoting properties have amazed consumers and healthcare professionals alike. Consumers have reported important improvements in their wellbeing and healthcare professionals have taken great measures to endorse NKO® due to its safety and effectiveness in several human therapeutic conditions. NKO® has demonstrated the ability to protect the heart, alleviate premenstrual syndrome, reduce arthritic pain, improve skin health, and enhance quality of life.

Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) is a whole lipid oil extract of Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill), a shrimp-like creature inhabiting cold waters of the ocean. Antarctic krill have a life span of about 5 to 10 years and are considered to be a keystone species. According to published data, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) report that less than 2% of the precautionary catch limit is actually harvested and the actual total annual harvest of Antarctic krill equals about 0.15 % (or ~1/670) of the baleen whales krill consumption.

NKO® is distinct from every other marine oil due to the fact that the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are attached to and carried by phospholipids. Phospholipids are a major component of all biological membranes and contribute to the membrane’s permeability and fluidity. Due to their amphipathic nature, having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, phospholipids act as superior delivery systems. Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is quantitatively the most common type of phospholipids found in all membranes.

This article is available in full in the Winter 2009 issue of Nutraceuticals Now