If you don’t know what Krill is, then you need to watch Finding Nemo. If you haven’t watched Finding Nemo- go on, go and watch it right now. I’ll wait here for you…
Ok done? Brilliant, isn’t it? It’s one of my favourite films. I even went to watch Nemo on Ice a couple of Christmases ago (it was SPECTACULAR).
Why is this relevant? Because in Finding Nemo (and probably some nature documentaries) you’ll learn that krill is the main food for whales.
This was the only context I had about krill when I was asked by Mega Red to try out and review their krill-oil supplements.
I honestly wasn’t sure a krill oil supplement review was going to fire up HBs who tune in for tales of sweat and regular gym class humiliation. But THEN the lady from the brand agency wrote an email in whale-speak to convince me to give them a go. And now you’ve watched Finding Nemo, you know what whale-speak it, right?
It went something like this:
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarly, Pleeeeeeeease tryyyyyyyy our kriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllll suuuuuuuuupplements!!
It continued in this manner. It made me laugh so much, that I agreed to review the supplements. Anyone hilarious enough to write to me in whale language deserved a review! I liked this woman. Let’s see if I liked her krill.
So what is krill?
OK- so we know whales eat them, and we know Finding Nemo is a great film- that doesn’t answer the question- what the hell is krill?
They’re tiny WEENY shrimp. Yes, whales eat tiny shrimp. Considering the amount of blubber on a whale, it’s surprising to learn that its main food supply is microscopic shrimp. When you realise this, you realise that whales must have a pretty slow metabolism. If you’re reading this and you’re an actual whale, take my advice and do NOT get tempted by carbs. You’ll sink to the bottom of the sea!
You know what’s sad- I actually think “krill” is the plural for these tiny shrimp. I think they’re so small, they’re not even acknowledged as independent entities. Just a mass of insignificance. Whale food not even important enough to have a sense of self.
Poor little krill.
Why krill supplements?
Krill supplements are the non-fishy tasting, super rich and nutritious alternative to cod-liver oil. There are 30 capsules in a tub, and they’re the oil from hundreds of crushed krill. Their Omega 3 benefits mean that they are meant to keep your heart healthy. I know thatthese fatty acids are meant to be goodat keeping your brain nice and healthy too.
The capsules didn’t smell or taste like fish, and I can verify that when they dissolved in my tummy they didn’t make me burp fishy burps hours later either (which apparently cod liver oil does. RANK!) They were small, smooth, and easy to swallow. They actually had a nice, inoffensive taste, actually.
What did they actually do?
I ate one Mega Red a day for 30 days. I didn’t start wriiiiiiting my eeeeeemails liiiiiiiike thiiiiiiiis. Nor did I start to communicate using sonar.
During my krill oil supplement trial, I swum in a race. I was as shit at swimming as usual. I came last, and no fins, tail or blow-hole magically appeared to help me dart through the Serpentine lake.
To be really clear- I did NOT turn into a whale. Slightly disappointing.
However, during my trial I DID take an intensive week long project management course, and it was one of the hardest weeks of my life. I passed both exams, which surprised everyone I knew, most of all myself.
Maybe the krill kept my brain functioning and made me clever enough to pass these exams. Maybe I am just clever.
After careful consideration, I’ve decided to let the krill take the (non-scientifically proven) glory for passing these exams. There you go, little guys- you helped me pass a really hard exam AND you sustain all whales on planet Earth. You are important and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Seriously though- I didn’t feel a difference to anything about my brain or joints after taking these supplements for a month. But they were nice enough- and just because I can’t see it, doesn’t mean good things weren’t happening inside my body.
If you take cod liver oil as part of your daily routine, then I’d say try these as an alternative (nicer tasting) option. Plus, aren’t cod endangered or something? If you don’t take supplements but you’ve got an exam to pass, then maybe you might want to consider krill oil (and a bit of revision) to help you out.
MegaRed supplements are around the £20 mark for 30 capsules and you can find stockists by clicking here. I was kindly given several tubs for free in return for writing this review.