Neptune Technologies and Bioressources Inc.’s comprehensive, wide-ranging R&D program strives to create the best omega-3 products for consumers. Our formulas contain our proprietary marine omega-3 phospholipids and are the reason for the success of our products—Neptune Krill Oil™ (NKO®) and Eco Krill Oil (EKO™).
Our success is based on sound science and the use of krill oil, not fish oil. NKO® is different than fish oil because the omega-3 fatty acids are attached to phospholipids, whereas omega-3 in fish oil is attached to triglycerides. Phospholipids contribute to a better absorption and utilization of EPA and DHA (essential fatty acids) by the cells, making NKO® more bioavailable than fish oil.
Neptune’s higher concentration of astaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant that belongs to the carotenoid family) is more beneficial in protecting cells from attacks by oxidative stressors. The unique structure of astaxanthin also allows it to be positioned across the cell membrane, unlike other antioxidants like vitamin C or beta-carotene. This position reduces the lipid oxidation of the cell membrane, which is the “gatekeeper of the cell”—controlling what comes in and out.
Neptune’s omega-3’s distinctive nature lets it disperse in both oil and water and allows an improved interaction with the digestive enzymes of the stomach, which is a water environment. This is contrary to fish oil based omega-3, which is insoluble in water and does not completely disperse in the stomach. This means it can end up causing fishy burps and having a lower impact on health.
Then, once Neptune’s omega-3 reaches the small intestine, it undergoes a much faster absorption and transformation into complex fat molecules that are required for transport in the bloodstream.
Once in the blood stream, the target destinations also differ greatly. Neptune’s omega-3 gets incorporated directly into the membranes of different cells and tissue (e.g. red blood cells, joint tissue, brain cells, etc.) that are also composed of phospholipids. In the case of fish oils, omega-3 is primarily used in fat tissue as a source of energy, requiring much higher amounts to provide the body with the necessary omega-3 to achieve the desired health benefits.