Neptune Technologies & Bioressources - NKO: the world’s first krill oil

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources began as a biotech company. Its driving goal was to discover and innovate a new form of omega-3 phospholipids. Today, the company provides superior omega-3 with its krill oil.

Krill oil is a marine source of omega-3 fatty acids produced from a sustainable biomass. It is captured in an environmentally friendly manner. In 2003, supported by clinical studies, Neptune Technologies and Bioressources introduced the first krill oil to the market: Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®). It was a superior alternative to fish oil.

In krill oil, the EPA and DHA are attached to phospholipids. This is in contrast to the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil that attach to triglycerides. NKO is easier to digest. Unlike fish oil, which is purely fat-soluble, NKO's phospholipid form contains fat-soluble and water-soluble components. The omega-3 that attaches to phospholipids in NKO are 2.5 times more bioavailable than omega-3 in fish oil. Neptune's patented extraction process results in enhanced bioactives, which further improve digestibility, absorbance and efficacy when compared with fish oil.

NKO also contains up to seven times more antioxidant astaxanthin than other krill oils. This powerful antioxidant provides exceptional protection against oxidation, greatly extending the life of the product. It also conveys additional health benefits within the body. As an antioxidant, it helps support the body's natural ability to protect itself from the effects of free radicals.

Krill oil biomass and sustainability
Krill are small, prawn-like crustaceans. Despite their tiny size, collectively, they are the largest biomass in the world. Krill are found in deep-water seas, where they are exposed to far fewer environmental pollutants, toxins, heavy metals and other contaminants found in some industrialised oceans.

Krill harvesting limits in the Antarctic are set annually by the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The commission aims to preserve marine life and environmental integrity through extensive research and conservation best practices. By monitoring and regulating all fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, CCAMLR ensures the stability of the region's krill biomass.

Of the 85 known species of krill, only one is captured for the production of krill oil. Antarctic krill (Euphasia superba) thrive in the Southern Antarctic Ocean and are the food for marine life found there, such as whales, seals and penguins. The total amount of krill captured for producing krill oil of all current manufacturers doesn't come remotely close to affecting the marine life sources.

Friend of the sea approved
While CCAMLR sets annual regulations, Friend of the Sea (FOS) audits commercial shipping vessels on site to ensure that these capture amounts are within the quota limits. FOS is an independent organisation that sets high aquaculture and fisheries criteria for reliable sustainability certification. Neptune is certified by FOS for sustainable krill harvest.

New products and clinical studies
Neptune recently developed three new formulas, pairing all the health benefits of NKO with other condition-specific nutrients. The clinically proven results show that NKO enhances the uptake of nutrient powerhouses CoQ10, vitamin D and lutein. The new products include:

  • NKO Beat: Neptune added coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) among other ingredients to support heart health and healthy circulation. Combined with NKO, Neptune's study showed CoQ10 had a 25 times better absorption rate than a generic CoQ10.
  • NKO Flex: Neptune added vitamin D to NKO along with other ingredients to support bone and joint health. Neptune's research showed that when combined with NKO, vitamin D showed double the absorption rates than without NKO.
  • NKO Focus: to support brain and vision health, Neptune formulated a blend that includes thiamine and lutein among other ingredients. When combined with NKO, Neptune's studies show lutein's absorption is improved by as much as eight times.

Catch your next market opportunity with the krill-oil leader that has a patented extraction process to offer superior results.

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