We have been getting an influx of calls and requests in our stores for an Omega-3 product called Krill Oil. We figured this would be a good opportunity to share what we have learned about the product with our customers.
Krill are tiny shrimp like animals, they are abundant in the seas and are a primary food source for many large sea animals. Mainly whales, mantas, and whale sharks.
Krill oil is rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, very similar to other Omega products like fish oil or flaxseed oil.
Krill oil has many listed uses, these include heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, osteoarthritis, and depression.
The benefits of krill oil are similar to fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to be beneficial fats that can help to lower cholesterol. They also help make your blood cells slide past each other easier which makes dangerous clots less likely. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown in some studies to help decrease inflammation. Because of these effects the range of uses for Krill oil mirror that of fish oil or other Omega-oils.
Omega-3 products have been most heavily studied for use in patients with high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Many studies point to the effect that omega-3 has on HDL (high density lipoprotein) the “good” cholesterol. These studies also show that doses of 1000-1500mg of omega-3 fatty acids like Krill Oil help to lower LDL the “bad” cholesterol. Higher doses of krill oil exceeding 2000mg a day have also shown promise for lowering triglycerides as well.
Use of omega-3 products for arthritis and swelling have gained in popularity in the past few years as well but there are no definitive studies that I can find that say whether these products definitively help.
The effects of krill oil on cancer, depression, and stroke prevention are also untested and unproven.
If you are considering a krill oil product these are the things you should know.
1. Check with your Dr. or Pharmacist to make sure that an Omega-3 product is safe for you to take. These products can interact with certain medications.
2. Krill Oil appears to be safe for use in adults, safety and efficacy have not been adequately studied.
3. The most common side effects you may see with Krill Oil. Loose stools, bad breath, heartburn, a fishy taste or fishy burps, upset stomach and or nausea. While most of these aren’t too bothersome it may discourage some from using the product. If you get these side effects from a Krill oil product there is always the option of an enteric coated fish oil or flaxseed oil.
4. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid these products. There is no definitive studies done on their safety. When it comes to the safety of your child we always recommend you err on the safe side and avoid most medications unless medically necessary.
5. Krill oil can increase the time it takes for your blood to clot. If you are taking a krill oil, fish oil, or any other Omega-3 oil you should stop these products 1 to 2 weeks prior to any surgery. Always make sure that your physician knows about any over the counter supplements you take well in advance of any scheduled surgeries or procedures.
6. As with fish oils, if you have a seafood allergy it is best to avoid Krill Oil and to stick with plant based Omega-3’s like flaxseed oil.
7. Krill oil can also interact with blood thinning agents like Coumadin (warfarin), plavix, pradaxa, and aspirin. If you take any of these medications or other blood thinning products please contact your physician and pharmacist before starting on a krill oil supplement.
We hope this brief blog has helped you understand this product better. Please contact us if you have additional questions about this or any other product that we carry!
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