Krill is available in several forms for our pets, including frozen, various grades of meal, whole freeze-dried, flaked/ground freeze-dried and oil extracts. These can be used as ingredients in homemade pet food and treats recipes, or mixed with commercial food as a supplement. It is most commonly used as a natural pet supplement for dogs, cats, aquarium fish and some bird species.
Whole Krill supplements offer a vast number of benefits by comparison to extracts like Krill oil. Whole Krill is used for cardiovascular health, joint conditions, heart and liver fat reduction, immunity enhancement, skin and coat health, appetite stimulation, chemioperception improvement, anxiety, and as a source of vitamins and minerals. Krill oil is generally an Omega 3 supplement, limiting its benefits to those associated with Omega 3.
The Benefits of a Whole Krill Supplement Include:
- Stimulates the immunological system
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-fungal properties
- Unsurpassed levels of bio-available Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA) and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
- Exceptionally high Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- High in Antioxidants
- Excellent source of the Carotenoide Astaxanthin
- Rich in bio-available minerals
- Rare source of cohabitating hydrolytic enzymes (Phospholipases, Proteases, Nucleases & Carbohydrases)
- Natural Source of Chitosan (derivative of Krill Chitin)
- Wide range of biochemicals
- Offers Photoprotectors (protection from the sun)
The bonus? Freeze-dried Krill is much less expensive than Krill oil!
Note that the level of processing can greatly impact the potency of Krill, making freeze-dried and cold-pressed the best choices. Krill Meal, for example, is processed at very high temperatures. The same issues come up when Krill is used as an ingredient in highly-processed pet food, treats, etc.
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Have you ever tried giving krill to your dog, cat, or other pets? Please share your experience in the comments below.
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