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What is lyophilized whole krill?

Krill Entier LyophiliséCanadian krill of the specie Euphausia pacifica is used for the fabrication of the product Krilex. Krilex is made of 100% Canadian whole krill. All precautions are taken to keep the krill whole and intact. The krill is caught in the cold waters of North Pacific ocean, in Canadian territory and in a non-contaminated zone. The freshly caught krill is immediately frozen on the boat and kept frozen until lyophilization.

Lyophilization is a technique for the preservation of high value substances. It consists in a freeze-drying process based on dehydratation by sublimation (direct transition of the solid phase to the gas phase) at very low temperature and under vacuum. This process takes off the water contained in a food or a natural health product in order to stabilize it at room temperature and thus to facilitate its conservation. It constitutes the best conservation method of foods and of natural health products. We have succeeded in developing a lyophilization method that freeze-dries at very low temperature without using heat levels that could deteriorate the ingredients and the digestive enzymes.

Vue arrière du lyophilisateur KrilexThus, lyophilized whole krill is fresh whole krill that has been frozen and dehydrated by the best freeze-drying method. The lyophilization process produces raw, dry, concentrated and non denatured whole krill in such a way that the final product conserves all the nutritional and nutraceutical properties of freshly caught krill. This is why lyophilized whole krill is integral krill. Its main characteristic resides in the fact that it contains a large variety of essential nutrients and of ingredients highly desirable for health and that it is conserved whole without deteriorating it. Krilex is the only product that employs integral krill as a medicinal ingredient.

As fresh whole krill, lyophilized whole krill is an incomparable natural source of proteins (~70%), of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), of natural protective antioxidants, of astaxanthine, of phospholipids, of active digestive enzymes, of all essential and non essential amino acids required for the production of proteins, of fibers, of vitamins, of minerals and of trace elements. The composition of lyophilized whole krill is unique. Consuming lyophilized whole krill regularly can bring numerous health benefits.

Composition of minerals, vitamins, trace elements and EPA+DHA
of lyophilized whole Canadian krill per capsule

mg/cap : Milligram per capsule  –  mcg/cap : Microgram per capsule  –  UI/cap : UI per capsule
Dry matter >93 %
Proteins 50.0 %
Minerals 14.0 %
Total fat 10.0 %
Saturated (2.4 %)
Monounsaturrated (3.5 %)
Cholesterol (0.5 %)
Polyunsaturated :
Omega-6 (3.3 %)
Omega-3 (0.3 %)
Fibers 3.0 %
Carbohydrates 0.8 %
Energy (KJ /g) 4.9
Energy (Cal) 1.2
Minerals mg/cap.
Calcium 4.3 – 5.1
Magnesium 1.1 – 1.2
Phosphorus 1.9
Potassium 3.0 – 4.1
Sodium 3.6 – 5.2
Vitamins mcg/kg
Folic acid 0.4
Pantothenic acid 9.0
Biotin 0.03
Niacin 21.2
Riboflavin 1.7
Vitamin B6 2.3
Vitamin B12 0.05
Vitamin A 3.9
Vitamin D 0.5
Vitamin E 0.05
Trace elements mcg/cap
Chrome <0.1 – 0.4
Copper 12.6 – 20.3
Iron 7.1 – 42
Iodine 5.6 – 15.3
Manganese 0.7 – 2.1
Selenium 0.7 – 1.2
Zinc 11.3 – 15.3
Fatty acids mg/cap
EPA+DHA 7.78-13.5
Amino acids g/100g
de protéines
Alanine 5.3
Arginine 7.1
Aspartic acid 9.4
Cysteic acid 2.8
Glutamic acid 14.0
Glycine 5.3
Histidine 2.2
Isoleucine 4.9
Leucine 8.0
Lysine 6.3
Methionine 3.3
Phenylalanine 4.6
Proline 3.7
Serine 3.9
Theronine 4.3
Tryptophane 5.7
Tyrosine 4.6
Valine 5.0

Guide of the potential effects of lyophilized whole Canadian krill

Potential effects* Ingrédients actifs Processus suggéré
Facilitates digestion Digestive enzymes
Self-digested proteins
Enzymatic activation
Facilitates regularity Digestive enzymes
Softening of stools
More energy Assimilated proteins
All essential amino acids
Iodine metabolism
Sparing of enzymatic potential
Better absorption and metabolism
Strong nails Calcium
Minerals and trace elements
Growth stimulation
Improved utilization of minerals
Anti-inflammatory EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids
Anti-inflammatory activity
Reduction of oxygenated free radicals
Healthy skin Antioxidants
Minerals and trace elements
Enrichment of appropriate skin components
Improvement of membrane activity
Tissue formation and repair
Reduction of oxygenated free radicals
Good functioning of the blood system Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids
Minerals and trace elements
Keeping of the integrity of blood vessels and of blood pressure
Reduction of oxygenated free radicals
Good functioning of the brain EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids
Trace elements
Combined uptake of brain selective nutrients
Antioxidation Antioxidants
Trace elements
Reduction of oxygenated free radicals
* The effects may vary with individuals.

Lyophilized whole krill contains a natural combination of nutrients and of bioactive substances which beneficial effects of each one taken in isolation have been the subject of an abundant scientific and medical literature. Among them, note especially:

1) EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids that are recognized for their anti-thrombotic, anti-atherogenic, proimmune, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and hypolipidemic properties (1-43);

2) astaxanthine which is considered for its antioxidant, anti-ulcerative, cardiovascular, immune, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties (44-77);

3) chitin, a fiber making the shell, which has the capacity to reduce the intestinal absorption of dietary lipids including cholesterol, to facilitate the intestinal transit and the excretion of feces, to soften stools, to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, to prevent the apparition of polyps and to facilitate the repair of injured tissues (78-80);

4) iodine, an element that is essential for the formation of thyroid hormones which, in turn, are necessary for the good functioning of the brain (81-91). Iodine as well as the thyroid hormones and their derivatives are powerful antioxidants that protect the precious omega-3 fats against their deterioration by peroxidation (82, 92-95).

5) selenium which is an essential component of diverse families of enzymes involved in antioxidant activities, in repair reactions and in the regulation of thyroid hormones (82,83,96,97);

6) copper which is a metal that helps the formation and the repair of the connective tissue, the formation of red cells, of neurotransmitters and of myelin (96,98);

Michel E. Bégin, Ph.D., science director at Gryd Inc., explains that lyophilized whole krill acts at many levels due to the combination of the greatest diversity of ingredients found in the same product. The beneficial effects of its nutrients result from their interactions on the metabolism and on the regulation of the cellular activities of the whole body. In particular, its nutrients act by multiple ways on the integrity and the functionality of the membranes of the cells of the tissues of our body. All tissues of our body are made of cells which activities depend on exchanges between membranes. The good functioning of the cell membranes is an essential condition for the maintenance of good health. Moreover, the digestive enzymes and the fibers found in lyophilized whole krill favor the assimilation of foods.