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Do we eat krill?

Some of the ventures focus on the Antarctic resources that are already up for grabs, like abundant sea life. China and South Korea, both of which operate state-of-the-art bases here, are ramping up their fishing of krill, the shrimplike crustaceans found in abundance in the Southern Ocean, while Russia recently thwarted efforts to create one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries here.

Some scientists are examining the potential for harvesting icebergs from Antarctica, which is estimated to have the biggest reserves of fresh water on the planet. Nations are also pressing ahead with space research and satellite projects to expand their global navigation abilities.

Building on a Soviet-era foothold, Russia is expanding its monitoring stations for Glonass, its version of the Global Positioning System. At least three Russian stations are already operating in Antarctica, part of its effort to challenge the dominance of the American GPS, and new stations are planned for sites like the Russian base, in the shadow of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.

Elsewhere in Antarctica, Russian researchers boast of their recent discovery of a freshwater reserve the size of Lake Ontario after drilling through miles of solid ice.

Krill is in some fish oil tablets, right?

Does America have endeavors in Antarctica too?

There are krill pills, yesh.

The USA has a program in Antartica.

The USA is everywhere, it seems. I wonder how Antarctica gets shared. 

Are krill pills better or worse than fish oil pills?

From the (Pedantic) Bulletproof Exec:

Krill oil is a superior source of EPA and DHA because the polyunsaturated fats are packaged as phospholipids, which can be used immediately by your body. The EPA and DHA in fish oil, on the other hand, are typically packaged as triglycerides and have to undergo additional processing in order to make them bioavailable. Krill oil is also more stable because it includes astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, that protects the fragile fats from oxidizing. I take extra astaxanthin every day!

Animal-based omega-3’s from krill and fish oils are both better sources than vegetable-based omega-3’s, such as the Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) in flax oil. Only about 1-4% of ALA is converted into DHA, so getting those higher potency sources from krill and fish is more efficient. Vegetable-based sources also contain oxidized inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, which is another reason that they aren’t Bulletproof.

Taking too much EPA and DHA can be detrimental since they do cause blood thinning, they can suppress healthy levels of arachidonic acid (AA),  and delicate fish oils can be inflammatory since they break down so easily in light or heat or air.

The reason why the phospholipid form found in krill oil is easier for the body to use is that the majority of every cell membrane in the body is made of phospholipids. Cell biologists talk about all the other components in cell membranes floating in a sea of phospholipids. Omega-3s phospholipids make cell membranes more fluid and flexible. Meanwhile, triglycerides are how lipids are stored for later use and transport in the body, such as in adipocytes (fat cells), so it takes more steps to get fish oil omega-3s into cell membranes where they’re needed the most.

Watch out – low quality supplement manufacturers make “krill oil” that has a small amount of krill and a lot of much cheaper fish oil. Be sure you’re getting 100% krill oil! Quality matters.

When taken incorrectly, the less desirable effect of fish oils may be due in part to them being oxidized so quickly and overwhelming the liver. Because of the astaxanthin, krill oil doesn’t likely carry the same risk. To learn more check out “The Great Fish Oil Experiment,” by Ray Peat.

Would love to hear Rob Hanna's thoughts.

Ok, I often think the following out loud:

1) Yes, a balanced intake of Omega 3 is very important... and the first fats in dictate our prostaglandin environment (i.e. inflammation or not), as per Dr. Bill Lands.  Eating cold water fishes and grass fed ruminants are where I get most of my Omega 3s... I don't eat supplements.

2) Mr. Bulletproof sells shelf-stable stuff that comes in packages and tells you what pills to eat... I don't sell stuff, so I don't really care about any arguments between one pill or another – I have no opinion here regarding krill or fish oil.  Ok, eat a supplement and have more expensive pee if you like...

3) I try to only eat things that were alive recently and my choice of oil consumption (i.e. extra virgin olive and coconut) is for flavor in raw food prep and lack of rancidity regarding sourcing.  Not always easy.

4) One can use common sense and direct experience to discover better approaches to enduring wellbeing that align with enjoyable table fare.  This rarely has anything to do with pills.

5) It takes great effort to cultivate good sense regarding diet, as good sense in most domains is not so common anymore.  More's the pity...

Antarctica is like the world's giant ice machine. 

That made me smile!

All we need to do is decide if we want cubed or crushed. :)

The Common Heritage of Mankind!

So... We all own Antarctica?

We all ARE Antarctica!

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