Frequently Asked Questions

Medication, Side Effects and Allergy Questions

Are there any drug interaction issues associated with taking krill oil?

Krill oil is known to interact with several medications. Those taking aspirin, warfarin, ibuprofen, heparin, enoxaparin and diclofenac may find that blood clotting is slowed. Taking both krill oil and aspirin or other blood thinning medication at the same time can result in bloodshot eyes and impaired blood clotting. Krill oil should not be taken a few weeks prior to surgery due to its blood thinning action. During this time, foods higher in vitamin K, such as kale, should be added to the diet to encourage proper blood clotting. After surgery and healing, krill oil can be safely added back into your healthy living routine. We recommend speaking with your healthcare provider before taking this, or any other supplement.

What are the side effects of krill oil?

Blood thinning is the most common side effect of taking omega-3′s and krill oil. Blood that is too thin can be seen in bloodshot eyes. Simply decrease your dose of krill oil if this is the case. With this or any other form of supplementation, we recommend consulting your healthcare provider.

Will taking krill oil help lower my blood pressure?

Krill oil has been clinically shown to support heart health. A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that a minimum dose of 500mg of EPA and DHA, the two omega-3′s found in krill oil, are effective markers in managing blood pressure.

Will krill oil help to raise my HDL “good” cholesterol?

Yes. A study that was published in the Alternative Medicine Review, found that krill oil worked to increase HDL “good” cholesterol levels by 4.2%.

Can krill oil help manage my diabetes and is krill oil safe for diabetics?

Adding a krill oil supplement to your diabetic-friendly diet works to balance healthy cholesterol levels and maintain arterial health overall.

A study published in Diabetes Research, found that dietary supplementation of omega-3′s, like those found in krill oil, improved insulin sensitivity among participants with diabetes. Individuals with diabetes often have increased levels of fatty acids in their bloodstream because of the liver’s inability to properly break down macronutrients. Krill oil can promote liver health in diabetics, allowing for proper breakdown of sugars, fats, proteins and other micronutrients so they do not circulate freely in the bloodstream, possibly leading to arterial plugs.

A study published in the journal PLoS One, found that krill oil supplementation reduced the amount of fat in the liver by 60% in rats. Krill oil may actually support liver health by providing easily absorbed, metabolized and health-promoting omega-3′s for the liver to process. Being in the phospholipid form makes krill oil one of the easiest to digest and absorb omega-3′s available, taking stress off of the liver.

Can krill oil help my joint pain and arthritis?

Krill oil contains EPA and DHA, two omega-3′s that help support healthy joint function and mobility. The essential fatty acids in krill oil also help to lubricate joints. A recent study published in the journal of Current Pharmaceutical Design, found marine-based omega-3 fatty acids, like those from krill oil, significantly helped to promote joint health. Taking a krill oil supplement is an easy and effective way to manage many joint conditions.

Can I take krill oil while I am pregnant / breastfeeding?

While it is generally safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to take krill oil, it is advised that you speak with your doctor before doing so. The DHA and EPA in krill oil aid in proper brain, eye, nervous system and heart development in babies.

Does krill oil cause diarrhea?

Digestive complications are rare with krill oil. In fact, omega-3′s have been shown to be very nourishing on the body, the digestive system in particular. To limit the incidence of intestinal discomfort, we recommend taking krill oil in divded doses (1 capsule at breakfast and 1 at lunch or dinner) following meals.

Can I take krill oil along with my other blood pressure medication?

It is advisable to speak with your health care practitioner before adding krill oil to your supplement regimen.

I take Lipitor. Do I still need a krill oil supplement?

It is advisable to speak with your healthcare practitioner before adding krill oil to your supplement regime.

What is the amount of krill oil per day to combat serious inflammation?

It is best to speak with your healthcare provider before taking this or any other supplement for a healthy inflammatory response. For optimal benefits, we recommend taking a minimum of two capsules per day.

Can krill oil cause gout or kidney stones?

Seafood, shellfish, meat and some vegetables are naturally high in purines, which promotes a buildup of uric acid. This buildup may lead to gout or kidney stones. Krill oil is highly purified, leaving behind purines, and does not cause problems in most people. Those who have a history of gout or kidney problems should consult their health care provider before adding a krill oil supplement.

Does krill oil cause heartburn?

Krill oil may cause digestive distress or upset in some people. If you suffer from heartburn, try taking your krill oil with a meal to help lower the risk of digestive upset.

Can krill oil cause constipation?

Krill oil is not known to cause constipation. The essential fatty acids in krill oil may actually help to lubricate the digestive system, promoting regularity. Constipation may be caused by a variety of simple factors, including not drinking enough water, or it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition. If you are experiencing severe or chronic constipation, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider.

Can krill oil help migraines?

Yes. Krill oil has been clinically shown to help migraines. A study conducted at Brown University, showed marine-based omega-3′s (like krill oil) to be beneficial in treating recurrent migraines.

Will krill oil cause increased bruising?

Krill oil has a blood thinning effect and may contribute to increased bruising. If this is the case, simply cut your dosage of krill oil in half. Bruising may be a sign of a more serious condition so it is best to speak with your health care provider regarding this. You may also see bruising if you are taking a blood thinning medication such as aspirin or warfarin and krill oil at the same time.

Does krill oil affect thyroid function?

Maintaining proper thyroid health is important for a variety of body functions, including a regulated metabolic rate.

The thyroid is the “master hormone” that is the main controller of many bodily functions. Medications such as lithium and corticosteroids slow down thyroid function, along with pain medications, anti-depressants and antihistamines.

Krill oil may help to support proper thyroid function. The omega-3′s found in krill oil help to regulate the thyroid. A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that omega-3′s, like those found in krill oil, worked to increase the thyroid hormone signalling pathways in the liver, enhancing lipid (fat) metabolism. This study also noted a decrease in serum triglycerides and cholesterol.

Does krill oil reduce inflammation?

The omega-3′s found in krill oil have been clinically shown to promote a healthy inflammatory response. A study in Nutrition Reviews, found that the consumption of marine-based omega-3′s (like krill oil), to be very beneficial in supporting the maintenance of good health, including a healthy inflammatory response.

Is krill oil safe for cancer patients?

Before adding a krill oil supplement to your diet, it is best to speak with your healthcare provider. There may be interactions with some medications.

Is krill oil dangerous to my liver?

Omega-3 fats, like the ones found in krill oil, are less taxing on your liver than hydrogenated and trans fats. A study published in the journal, PLoS One, found that krill oil supplementation improved the metabolism of fat in the liver by 60%. Krill oil may actually support liver health by providing easily absorbed, metabolized and health-promoting omega-3′s for the liver to process. Being in the phospholipid form makes krill oil one of most absorbable and bioavailable forms omega-3′s.

Can you take krill oil and fish oil at the same time?

It is best to choose either krill oil or fish oil. You do not need both at the same time. Taking too many omega-3 supplements can cause thinning of the blood.

Does krill oil cause hair loss?

Krill oil has not been shown to contribute to hair loss. The essential fatty acids found in krill oil support scalp and hair health, nourishing the follicles. The omega-3′s in krill oil also support proper hormonal balance, an important indicator of hair health. Nutrients that support hair growth and hair health include: essential fatty acids (like the omega-3s in krill oil), protein, iron and b vitamins. A krill oil supplement is a perfect complement to any healthy hair regimen.

Will krill oil help me lose weight?

Yes, krill oil may be an effective tool to help combat common metabolic problems. A healthy metabolism is regulated by the thyroid gland. The omega-3′s found in krill oil help to regulate the thyroid. A recent study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that omega-3′s, worked to increase the thyroid hormone signalling pathways in the liver, enhancing lipid (fat) metabolism.

Is krill oil good for dry skin?

Yes. The omega-3′s in krill oil help to hydrate skin from the inside out. Essential fatty acids, like those found in krill oil, are needed to limit fine lines and wrinkles, along with improving the overall look and feel of skin. A study published in the Alternative Medicine Review; found krill oil to be 6 times more effective at improving the look of skin, as compared to fish oil. A diet high in antioxidants, along with a krill oil supplement is a great way to keep skin looking youthful.

Can krill oil boost mood? Are krill oil and omega-3s good for depression?

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that an increased intake of omega-3′s, like those found in krill oil, improved overall sense of well-being and promoted healthy mood balance. Another study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, found EPA to be effective in encouraging stable mood in participants who did not respond to standard therapy.

Can I take krill oil if I have a seafood or shellfish allergy?

No. It is advisable that you do not take krill oil if you have a seafood or shellfish allergy. Our product contains both fish (tilapia) gelatin in our capsule and shellfish (krill).

Can krill oil cause anxiety?

Krill oil has not been shown to cause anxiety, but has been shown to promote healthy mood balance instead. The EPA component of krill oil, an important omega-3, has been studied for its mood-stabilizing effects on the body. A study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, found omega-3 supplementation to limit signs of anxiety in healthy young adults.

Does krill oil cause prostate cancer?

The recent study that has linked omega-3 supplementation to an increased risk of prostate cancer has been cause for concern in the health community. It is important to note that the study did not outline a cause-and-effect relationship between omega-3 supplementation and cancer. We emphasize a holistic approach to health that includes exercise, food and supplementation protocol, genetics, environmental exposure, food choices and life style.

Are there any medical conditions in which I shouldn’t take krill oil?

We suggest consulting your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about taking this, or any other supplement.

Can krill oil help my muscles?

Yes. Taking krill oil can help your muscles in a variety of ways including increased protein synthesis, faster recovery time and counteracting oxidative damage after exercise. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed omega-3 supplementation (like krill oil), increased muscle protein synthesis. This may help your bodybuilding endeavors or simply help you retain lean muscle mass for structure and efficient metabolism.

Does krill oil help PMS?

Yes. Krill oil has been clinically shown to assist with the distress associated with the menstrual cycle. A study conducted in the journal Alternative Medicine Review, found that krill oil promoted healthy feminine balance by encouraging healthy mood, balanced cravings and more.

Does krill oil help acne?

Yes. Krill oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids that are known to promote a healthy inflammatory response that may lead to acne, redness and other skin issues. Acne can be caused by a variety of factors including: heredity, age, diet, hormones and more. A healthy diet that is lower in omega-6′s, which act against omega-3′s, may also help to limit acne bacteria. Krill oil may also help to promote proper hormonal balance. Imbalanced hormones can lead to acne and other skin issues. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider with this, or any other form of supplementation.

Can krill oil be taken before or after surgery?

Krill oil is not intended to replace medication before or after surgery, however due to its positive benefits on overall health including, promoting a healthy lipid profile, improving joint function, promoting cardiovascular health etc., krill oil is a safe and effective everyday supplement. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider before taking this or any other supplement.

Is krill oil suitable for renal cell cancer/carcinoma?

While we cannot make claims regarding the efficacy of krill oil during cancer treatment, no known side effects have been reported. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider before taking this or any other health supplement.

Will krill oil cause upset stomach?

Krill oil is not known to cause upset stomach when taken with a meal. We recommend taking 1 capsule twice per day, in divided doses, following a complete meal to limit any intestinal discomfort.

Does krill oil increase progesterone?

Environmental factors, stress and hormonal imbalances impact the level of progesterone in your body. To support low levels of progesterone, studies show that a diet high in omega-3′s promote healthy hormonal balance, especially for individuals who are estrogen-dominant. The omega-3′s in our krill oil have been clinically shown to support healthy feminine balance however, the degree to which progesterone levels have been increased has not yet been established. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider before taking this, or any other form of supplementation.

Can I take krill oil while I’m on aspirin/ecotrin?

Omega-3 supplements, such as krill oil, are known to thin the blood, which may interfere with blood-thinning medications such as aspirin. We recommend consulting your healthcare provider before taking our krill oil or any other supplement.

Does krill oil cause fluid retention?

Omega-3′s serve as precursors to eicosanoids, which help to maintain healthy inflammatory levels. Fluid retention is not an inflammatory response and is more of a result from injury, hormonal imbalances and/or nutritional deficiencies. The omega-3′s found in krill oil do not serve as a diuretic but may assist with improved joint health, cardiovascular health and immunity.

Is krill oil good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

The omega-3′s found in krill oil have been shown to be extremely beneficial in supporting a healthy intestinal lining. Considering IBS is a result of an inflammatory response in the colon, the omega-3′s in krill have been shown to delay the inflammatory response and alleviate everyday disturbances. IBS however, is also triggered by certain foods and lifestyle factors, which is why we recommend taking krill oil in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. Please speak with your healthcare provider before taking this or any other supplement. Additionally, if you are taking any medication, it is best you check with your health practitioner for potential interactions.

Can krill oil be taken for ApoE4 gene variant?

While there are no significant studies reporting the effects of krill oil supplementation and APoE4 gene variant, there are significant studies regarding omega-3 supplementation, like those found in krill oil. Omega-3 supplementation such as EPA and DHA, two essential fatty acids found in krill oil, have been shown to improve cognitive function and cardiovascular health. The primary differences between fish oil and krill oil are the structure to which the omega-3’s are bound, which significantly impacts how the omega-3’s are absorbed in the body. The omega-3’s in krill oil are bound to phospholipids, which comprise the identical structure of human cell walls. This allows them to be easily recognized by the body as they are highly absorbable. Additionally, the omega-3’s in krill oil have been clinically shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, which allows the exchange of nutrients between the blood and the brain more easily. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to determine which form of supplementation is most suitable for you.

Does alcohol interfere with the absorption of DHA found in krill oil?

Alcohol is considered to be a toxin and once ingested, may interfere with cognitive and liver function. When alcohol consumption is high, scientists say levels of DHA are depleted and need to be replenished. There is growing evidence that the DHA found in krill oil may protect cells against the effects of alcohol, specifically exhibiting protective effects against alcohol-related brain damage. While the omega-3′s found in krill oil have been clinically shown to support healthy inflammatory pathways, it is best taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. We always recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner before taking this, or any other supplement.

Can I take krill oil with magnesium?

While there are no known interactions between krill oil and magnesium, we recommend consulting with your healthcare provider prior to use.

Does krill oil cause insomnia?

Some individuals may experience sleep-related side effects from krill oil, such as sleepiness or insomnia, as your body is adjusting to the influx of omega-3′s. It’s not a common occurrence, however if you do experience insomnia, begin with a lower dosage (1 capsule per day) and take it earlier in the day (preferably at breakfast). After a few weeks, you may increase to 2 capsules per day. Before taking this or any other supplement, we recommend consulting with your healthcare provider.