5. Research Center

Abundant research has been conducted on the sustainability and nutritional benefits of krill. Krill are zooplankton invertebrates that swim in huge swarms in the Antarctic waters and feed on microscopic algae called phytoplankton. This phytoplankton produces omega-3 fatty acids, causing the krill themselves to become rich in accumulated fatty acids.

Krill in science

Research has found that krill oil's unique composition produces phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA. Many clinical studies have confirmed that the phospholipid form of omega-3s results in improved bio-efficiency of these essential fatty acids. Because of the increased bio-efficiency krill oil supplements are 300 to 500 ml, making the capsules small and easy to swallow. And because of the phospholipid composition, krill oil supplements don't cause digestive discomfort or "fishy" tasting burps.

Superior source of nutrition

The same algae that provides the krill's diet with such a robust source of omega-3s is also the source of the powerful natural antioxidant astaxanthin. And as Antarctic Krill are so low in the food chain and live in the cleanest waters on earth, they are naturally low in accumulated contaminants. All these factors together make krill a truly superior source of nutrition for their natural predators as well as for humans. Krill have been consumed by humans for many years, both as a food source in some cultures, but more commonly the krill is processed and oil is extracted for use as a dietary supplement of the phospholipid omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA.

Numerous clinical studies have been conducted to assess krill's health benefits.

The Journey is Everything

A portrait photo of Ernest Shackleton.Ernest Shackleton
is best known for leading the Imperial Trans-Atlantic Antarctic expedition of 1914 with two ships, the Endurance and the Aurora. After becoming locked in the ice in early 1915, the Endurance sank, stranding its crew on the ice for nearly 500 days. Read more When the crew finally reached the frozen and inhospitable Elephant Island, Shackleton and five of his men embarked on an open boat journey to the whaling stations on distant South Georgia. After 15 days at sea, the five men landed in South Georgia and had to then travel 36 hours by foot across the island to reach help. Shackleton returned to Elephant Island to rescue his crew on August 30, 1916; remarkably the entire crew of the Endurance survived.

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Interesting Facts:
  • Winter
    temperature
    can
    drop
    as low as
    -20F

  • There
    are no native land
    mammals
    in
    Antarctica

  • 0
    number of
    govern-
    ments

    that rule Antarctica

  • 90%
    the world's
    ice
    is in Antarctica

  • 1,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    the winter

  • Antarctica
    is the driest
    continent
    on Earth
    (less than 2 inches of rain per year)

  • If
    Antarctica
    melted,
    the sea level could rise
    200 feet
    worldwide

  • 10

    Number of

    human babies

    born in Antarctica

  • Krill is more than
    twice
    the total weight of all humans
    on earth

  • 2
    inches
    of precipitation fall in Antarctica
    each year
    on average

  • 70%
    of world's fresh water
    is
    frozen

  • 2,000,000
    estimated
    tons of krill
    in a swarm


  • the size, in inches, of the
    average
    krill

  • Summer
    has
    only
    reached
    maximum of 58F

  • 98%
    of Antarctica is covered by fresh water ice

  • Krill can go for up to

    200

    days

    without eating

  • 4,000

    Average Antarctic human population

    in

    summer

  • 47
    number of
    countries
    who have signed the Antarctic Treaty

  • 0

    Number of

    permanent

    residents

    in Antarctica

  • Antarctica is
    1.5 times the size
    of the
    United States

  • 29
    number of
    nations
    that send scientists to conduct experiments in Antarctica

  • 10,000
    number of
    eggs
    a female krill lays at one time

  • 10
    number of years krill can
    live