Scientific Papers

Flexitech: Imagine the Possibilities

Flexitech™ is a patented technology platform used exclusively by Aker BioMarine to create better krill oil products that are more appealing to brand owners, encapsulators, formulators and consumers. It gives us the flexibility to up-concentrate krill oil’s various beneficial components, such as phospholipids and omega-3s. It also allows us to remove the salts in krill oil, which can lead to off odors and taste.

Krill & the Omega-3 Index

The Omega-3 Index is a diagnostic tool that is quickly becoming more popular with medical professionals and consumers. Beyond assessing cardiovascular health, the Omega-3 Index offers a window into a person’s general state of health. This is because the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells means they are therefore present in tissues in organs. The more Omega-3 fatty acids there are in someone’s body, the less inflammation they will have and the healthier they will be. While most omega-3s will raise the Omega-3 Index, how quickly and efficiently that happens depends on the source.

Antarctic Krill: sustainability

The Antarctic krill fishery has been a source of controversy for several years, mainly because of the perception that it is not sustainable. However, based on several studies and research reports many experts have found the opposite to be true – that the Antarctic krill fishery is actually one of the most sustainably managed in the world.

Krill Oil

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) live in huge swarms
and feed on microscopic algae in the icy cold waters of the
Southern Ocean. They feed on marine algae that produce
omega-3 fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – accumulating these
fatty acids in their eggs and body. Thus, these omega-3
fatty acids can be extracted in oil, carrying with them other
beneficial components such as phospholipids, choline and
astaxanthin. It is this powerful combination of elements that makes krill oil unique in the omega-3 market.

Phospholipid Science Brochure

Recent human clinical studies have shown that phospholipid omega-3s may be a more desirable form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Krill oil is particularly rich in phospholipid-bound omega-3s, which have better uptake in the cells and deposition in the tissues and organs. The science on phospholipid continues to evolve, and its value in combination with omega-3s cannot be underestimated.