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A Nutritional-Toxicological Assessment of Antarctic Krill Oil versus Fish Oil Dietary Supplements


Nash, SMB and Schlabach, M and Nichols, PD, A Nutritional-Toxicological Assessment of Antarctic Krill Oil versus Fish Oil Dietary Supplements, Nutrients, 6, (9) pp. 3382-3402. ISSN 2072-6643 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/nu6093382


Fish oil dietary supplements and complementary medicines are pitched to play a role of increasing strategic importance in meeting daily requirements of essential nutrients, such as long-chain (C-20, LC) omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin D. Recently a new product category, derived from Antarctic krill, has been launched on the omega-3 nutriceutical market. Antarctic krill oil is marketed as demonstrating a greater ease of absorption due to higher phospholipid content, as being sourced through sustainable fisheries and being free of toxins and pollutants; however, limited data is available on the latter component. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) encompass a range of toxic, man-made contaminants that accumulate preferentially in marine ecosystems and in the lipid reserves of organisms. Extraction and concentration of fish oils therefore represents an inherent nutritional-toxicological conflict. This study aimed to provide the first quantitative comparison of the nutritional (EPA and DHA) versus the toxicological profiles of Antarctic krill oil products, relative to various fish oil categories available on the Australian market. Krill oil products were found to adhere closely to EPA and DHA manufacturer specifications and overall were ranked as containing intermediate levels of POP contaminants when compared to the other products analysed. Monitoring of the pollutant content of fish and krill oil products will become increasingly important with expanding regulatory specifications for chemical thresholds.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic krill oil, dietary supplements, persistent organic pollutants, long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal nutrition
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Processed food products and beverages (excl. dairy products)
Objective Field:Processed fish and seafood products
UTAS Author:Nichols, PD (Dr Peter Nichols)
ID Code:119585
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-02
Last Modified:2017-10-16
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