Krill Oil Benefits
Interview with Dr. Rudi Moerck
Interviewed by Raena Morgan
November 3, 2009
Raena Morgan: So could you explain a little bit more about krill oil?
Dr. Rudi Moerck: Yes. Krill oil is the latest thing as far as healthy sources of EPA and DHA, and the primary difference between krill oil and fish oil, if you will, is that krill oil, the omega-3s, EPA and DHA, are in the form of phospholipids.
RM: And phospholipids are?
DRM: Things that your body can absorb without change, and it can go right into the cells of your body without having to go through your liver without being modified in any sort of way.
RM: Including your brain cells?
DRM: Including your brain cells.
RM: Which would be good, wouldn’t it?
DRM: Which is a very good thing. But also there are clinical studies, and these are published clinical studies which actually show that there’s a profound effect on serum cholesterol lowering, the serum triglycerides lowering, HDL going up, LDL going up. And other companies are now doing those- repeating some of studies with their own forms of krill oil, and I think we’re going to be seeing some really exciting science going forward. And I might also add that the issue we have with over-fishing-
RM: Oh yes, of course.
DRM: Yeah. That’s not as critical with krill because only .02% of the krill biomass is harvested every year. Krill is at the bottom of the food chain, which mean it eats mostly phytoplankton, you know, the algae and stuff in the water. They also eat the leftovers from the other fish when the other fish die. It’s unpolluted material, and the amount that’s harvested is extremely low and it’s very controlled by the authorities. About sixty percent of the krill in the ocean is eaten by seals and not whales. If krill go away, whales aren’t all going to die.
DRM: And we think that that’s a fairly environmentally stable situation.
RM: It sounds like it.
RM: Thank you very much.