As the first company to commercialise krill oil extract as a dietary supplement, few are better placed than Neptune Technologies and Bioressources to explain the benefits of high-quality Antarctic krill extract - and even fewer to produce it.
Why take krill oil and why Neptune Krill Oil? In a nutshell, krill oil is great for you and Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) is the best out there.
NKO is the flagship product manufactured by Neptune Technologies and Bioressources, the leader in the innovation and production of scientifically validated omega-3 phospholipid products. Neptune was the first company in the world to research, manufacture and commercialise krill oil as a dietary supplement.
The harvesting of krill to produce NKO is done in an environmentally responsible manner and under the strict guidelines of CCAMLR, an independent international monitoring organisation that ensures the ecosystem does not suffer from any irreversible effects.
NKO is a whole-lipid oil extract of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), a shrimp-like creature inhabiting cold ocean waters. In addition to containing omega-3, NKO is rich in phospholipids and astaxanthin. In fact, most of the omega-3s in NKO are attached to phospholipids, and this is one of the main reasons why its bioavailability is superior to other forms of omega-3. The phospholipids also target the omega-3 into different tissues, allowing a broader spectrum of health benefits than other sources of omega-3.
The presence of astaxanthin in NKO provides exceptional protection against oil oxidation, a property that is not shared by ordinary fish oil. Due to its patented extraction process that maximises the active ingredients, NKO has the highest levels of EPA, DHA and astaxanthin on the market.
One of NKO's most promising actions is its ability to improve lipid levels. Researchers undertook a 12-week, randomised double-blind study to compare the effects of NKO, a triglyceride fish oil and a placebo. NKO was able to lower 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) by 33.9%, increase 'good' cholesterol (HDL) by 43.3% and decrease triglyceride levels by 11.0%. The results were achieved with 1-1.5g of NKO.
Another double-blind clinical study, conducted to explore the potential benefits for reducing inflammation and joint pain, produced remarkable results. Patients showed reduction of joint pain by 25%, stiffness by 28% and functional impairment by 18%, all of which were attributed to the unique molecular composition of NKO.
During a study on the effects of NKO on ADHD, 30 subjects took 500mg of NKO every day for 12 or 24 weeks. Subjects showed a 60% improvement in concentration, 49% improvement in focus and a 48% improvement in planning due to NKO.
In a double-blind study on premenstrual syndrome (PMS), subjects taking NKO experienced a statistically significant reduction in overall emotional (feeling overwhelmed, stressed, irritable or depressed) and physical (breast tenderness and joint pain) PMS symptoms.
In Neptune's study to compare the bioavailability of EPA and DHA, NKO was proven to have two and a half times greater bioavailability than fish oil.
One of Neptune's great competitive advantages is its manufacturing process. The company uses a patented cold vacuum extraction process to manufacture NKO, and this process allows the natural properties of krill oil to be maintained, offering the highest specifications on the market.
Neptune guarantees GMP-certified production with 100% traceability, and has been acknowledged by NSF International for its environmental responsibility and business conduct. It is also certified by Friend of the Sea for the sustainable harvesting of krill.
Neptune has been actively and effectively diversifying its products and production. A line extension of NKO formulations has recently been added to its product portfolio, and other partners have been carefully chosen to provide other production sites.
From a top-market perspective, Neptune is also diversified through its pharmaceutical subsidiaries that are actively pursuing OTC and prescription drug approvals. With a team that keeps getting better and wiser, you can be sure, with far more innovation in store from this young and strong Canadian biotech firm, that the best is yet to come.