Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans that are approximately 1 to 6 centimeters long. They live is the ocean, where they feed mainly on phytoplankton. They’re near the bottom of the food chain and are eaten by whales, seals, penguins, squid and fish.
Commercial fishing of krill occurs primarily in the Southern Ocean and the northern Pacific Ocean along the coasts of Canada and Japan. Krill that are caught are used for aquaculture and aquarium feeds, sport fishing bait or they are eaten as food. In Japan, krill that’s caught for food is called okiami.
Krill oil, the oil that’s found naturally in krill, is extracted and sold as a nutritional supplement. It’s sold in some health food stores and online in capsule form.
Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which is the main reason it’s becoming popular as a nutritional supplement.
Another reason krill oil is becoming popular is because it contains an…
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