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UltraKrill+D is a new nutritional supplement made by Pure Encapsulations. The supplement claims to provide a powerful dose of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Here’s our review.
What is UltraKrill+D?
UltraKrill+D is a nutritional supplement manufactured and sold by an American company named Pure Encapsulations. The supplement blends together a strong dose of omega 3 fatty acids with vitamin D. By taking the supplement daily, you can enjoy the health benefits of both nutrients.
The ingredients are delivered in odorless, nitrogen-preserved capsules. It’s recommended that you take two capsules per day to enjoy your daily recommended value of the different nutrients.
Each 60 capsule package of UltraKrill+D is priced at $64.30, although you can save a little bit of money by ordering the 120 capsule package (priced at $112.40).
So does UltraKrill+D actually deliver a strong dose of these valuable nutrients? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.
How Does UltraKrill+D Work?
UltraKrill+D contains all of the following in each serving:
— EPA/DHA bound to triglycerides (588mg phospholipids per serving)
— 2.1mg astaxanthin per serving, giving you “enhanced omega-3 stability”
— 1,000 IU of vitamin D3
— 420mg of omega-3 fatty acids (210mg of EPA and 126mg of DHA)
Many of these ingredients are delivered in the 1400mg krill oil blend.
One of the nice thing about UltraKrill+D is that the manufacturer has broken down all of the individual ingredients. Some manufacturers simply list that they have 1000mg of EPA/DHA in some mysterious ratio, and you’re left to guess how much of either nutrient you’re putting into your body.
In reality, the specific dosage of EPA and DHA matters a lot. We’ll explain more down below.
Why Krill Oil?
Krill oil is thought to be a healthier alternative to traditional fish oil supplements. Krill oil promises to have 10 times less mercury than fish.
Krill has less mercury for two reasons: firstly, the krill is typically harvested from places like Antarctica, where pollutants are less common than they would be off the shores of major population centers. And secondly, krill are at the bottom of the ocean food chain, which means that mercury doesn’t “bio-accumulate” in krill like it does with fish and other animals further up the food chains.
Many people also like krill oil because it doesn’t give you the notorious “fish burps” of traditional fish oil supplements.
The one weird thing about UltraKrill+D is that the krill oil blend is listed as a shellfish/fish oil blend. On one line, it says krill oil blend, and then on the other line, it says “shellfish/fish oil blend”. Krill, shellfish, and fish are all different creatures. In any case, UltraKrill+D calls itself a krill oil supplement when in reality, it appears to contain a shellfish and fish oil blend.
The bottom of the ingredients list also claims that UltraKrill contains “tilapia, anchovies, sardines” and shellfish – it never actually claims that it contains krill.
So if you wanted to buy krill oil because of the unique krill benefits (like lower amounts of mercury), then it doesn’t appear that UltraKrill+D includes any krill – despite what the name of the supplement may be.
The manufacturer of UltraKrill+D has published its full ingredients list online. Here’s what that list looks like:
Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients and compare them to the recommended daily value of each nutrient.
The supplement contains a daily dose of 1,000 IU of vitamin D3. Mayo Clinic reports that the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D3 is 600 IU for persons between 1 and 70 years of age, although you can safely take doses many times stronger than that with no reported side effects (“doses of 300,000 to 500,000 IU of vitamin D have been taken yearly without calcium for 1-4 years”). Nevertheless, 1,000 IU is right in line with most other vitamin D supplements.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acid dosage is typically broken down into two parts based on the EPA and DHA dosage.
Mayo Clinic reports that to prevent cancer, one study recommended its participants take 4.1 grams of EPA and 3.6 grams of DHA daily by mouth for 12 weeks. However, when taking it for general health effects, the dose is typically lower: like 400mg of EPA and 1500mg of DHA. When you consider these doses, the EPA/DHA dosage in UltraKrill + D seems relatively low.
Ultimately, the amount of vitamin D in UltraKrill is right in line with what you expect from a vitamin D supplement, but the EPA/DHA dosage is slightly lower than you’d typically see in a fish oil supplement.
UltraKrill+D is priced at the following rates:
— 60 Capsules: $64.30
— 120 Capsules: $112.40
UltraKrill+D is exclusively available to order online from PureEncapsulations.com.
About Pure Encapsulations
Pure Encapsulations is a nutritional supplement company that manufactures its products in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and all supplements are “scientifically tested and validated by third-party laboratories to ensure the highest quality standards.”
The company makes supplements with the goal of including “nothing but pure” ingredients. Other supplements made by the company include PureWoman, PureGenomics, PureHeart, PureLean, and PureSYNAPSE.
Should You Use UltraKrill+D to Boost your Health?
UltraKrill+D appears to be a fish oil supplement masquerading as a krill oil supplement. The ingredients chart makes little mention of krill. Instead, it lists that it contains ingredients like tilapia, anchovies, sardines, and shellfish – but no actual krill.
Many people take a krill oil supplement because it’s perceived to be healthier. Krill contain lower amounts of mercury, for example. Yes, sardines and anchovies are smaller fish further down the food chain, but tilapia are large fish.
So if you wanted to enjoy the benefits of krill oil, then UltraKrill+D doesn’t appear likely to help because it doesn’t really claim to contain any krill.
Given that, UltraKrill+D seems pricey for a vitamin D supplement with small amounts of omega 3 fatty acids mixed in.