Many of us grew up with the daily spoonful of cod liver oil. We have grown so used to it that it’s hard to change that daily routine. Should you start taking krill oil versus cod liver oil, or even consider regular fish oil? Here are some easy facts to help guide through that complex decisions process.
What’s in krill oil and what’s in cod liver oil, and how do they compare?
What about contamination in cod liver oil?
Price of krill oil vs cod liver oil.
Convenience of taking krill oil capsules versus cod liver by the spoon.
Krill Oil vs Cod Liver Oil Fact 1: How do they compare?
Quality krill oil contains more than 40% omega 3 phospholipids, and cod liver oil, like any other fish oil has virtually no omega 3 phospholipids. This is the main difference between cod liver oil versus krill oil.
Krill oil has slightly higher relative omega 3 levels versus cod liver oil, although the recommended daily dose of cod liver oil is higher, and so if absolute omega 3 intake is more important to you than omega 3 fatty acid form, then cod liver oil is the way to go.
Krill Oil VS
Cod Liver Oil
Recommended Dose *
2 capsules (1,000 mg)
1 table spoon (5,000 mg)
% EPA (omega 3)
% DHA (omega 3)
Price per daily Dose
In summary: cod liver oil will give you more omega 3, no phospholipids, more cholesterol and five times more calories. Read more about krill oil benefits here.
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* Based on Prime Metabolics krill oil label and Carlson Cod Liver Oil label (on 1-23-2012). Price $17.99 for 60 capsules as seen at Primemetabolics.com and $28.90 for 250 ml bottle Carlson Cod Liver Oil price as seen on Carlson’s site.