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What is krill?

Dennis A. Goodman, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Krill are small, shrimp-like crustaceans with 85 species and a total biomass of approximately 600 million tons, making them the largest animal biomass in the world. Not only are krill the primary diet for numerous fish and marine mammals, they are also a sustainable, environmentally friendly source of omega-3 fatty acids. Krill oil is rich in the omega-3 oils EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), as well as phospholipids, and the super anti-oxidant carotenoid called astaxanthin.




 

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