Frequently Asked Questions

Medication, Side Effects and Allergy Questions

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

Due to krill oil’s powerful anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory and blood thinning capabilities, it may interact with some 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 reduced 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.

What are the side effects of krill oil?

Blood thinning is the most common side effect of taking omega-3s 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.

Will taking krill oil help lower my blood pressure?

Yes. Krill oil may be an effective supplement to combat high blood pressure (hypertension). A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that a minimum dose of 500 mg of EPA and DHA, the two omega-3s found in krill oil, are effective preventers of high blood pressure. Researchers published a study in the Journal of Food Science, regarding krill oil’s effect on blood pressure. They found that taking krill oil can quickly and safely work to lower 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 reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol, raise HDL “good” cholesterol, lower triglycerides and maintain arterial health.

A study published in Diabetes Research, found that dietary supplementation of omega-3s, like those found in krill oil, improves insulin sensitivity in non-insulin-dependent diabetes. The same study showed that omega-3 supplementation helped to lower plasma triglyceride levels.

Diabetics often have increased levels of fatty acids in your 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-3s for the liver to process. Being in the phospholipid form makes krill oil one of the easiest to digest and absorb omega-3s available, taking stress off of the liver.

Can krill oil help my joint pain and arthritis?

Krill oil contains EPA and DHA, two omega-3s that help to reduce joint inflammation and pain. The essential fatty acids in krill oil also help to lubricate joints, further reducing stiffness. A recent study published in the journal, Current Pharmaceutical Design, found marine-based omega-3 fatty acids, like those from krill oil to effectively reduce joint inflammation. 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?

Krill oil may cause diarrhea or loose stools in some people.

The essential fats in krill oil can have a lubricating effect on the digestive system. Simply reduce the amount of krill oil you take until your body has reached bowel tolerance.

Does krill oil help with arthritis and joint pain/inflammation?

Yes. Krill oil is high in anti-inflammatory omega-3s that reduce arthritic symptoms.

A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, found omega-3 supplementation (like krill oil), to have significant benefit to those with rheumatoid arthritis. Krill oil can help to reduce joint pain and inflammation that often are experienced in those with arthritis.

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 regime.

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

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

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

The dosage for reducing inflammation is 1,250 mg of krill oil 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 should not cause constipation.

The essential fats 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, speak with your health care 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-3s (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, antidepressants and antihistamines.

Krill oil may help to support proper thyroid function. The omega-3s found in krill oil help to regulate the thyroid. A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that omega-3s, 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?

Yes. The omega-3s in krill oil are powerful anti-inflammatories.

The anti-inflammatory powers of omega-3s can help cardiovascular, joint, skin, brain and overall body health. A study in Nutrition Reviews, found that the consumption of marine-based omega-3s (like krill oil), to reduce the incidence of many chronic diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The study showed that omega-3s helped cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, along with neurodegenerative illnesses.

Is krill oil safe for cancer patients?

Before adding a krill oil supplement to your diet, speak with your health care 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 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-3s for the liver to process.

Being in the phospholipid form makes krill oil one of the easiest to digest and absorb omega-3s available, taking stress off of the liver.

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 should not contribute to hair loss.

The essential fatty acids found in krill oil support scalp and hair health, nourishing the follicles. The omega-3s 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 diet.

Does krill oil cause weight gain or weight loss?

Krill oil does not cause weight gain, in fact, it may help you lose weight. A study published in “Appetite”, showed diets rich in omega-3s, like those from krill oil, helped volunteers to lose weight. Omega-3s help to enhance satiety, preventing overeating. An omega-3 supplement may be helpful for those looking to maintain their current weight or weight loss as well.

Will krill oil help me lose weight?

Yes, Krill oil may be an effective tool to help combat common metabolic problems such as high fat levels in the liver and heart.

A healthy metabolism is regulated by the thyroid gland. The omega-3s found in krill oil help to regulate the thyroid.

A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that omega-3s, 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.

Is krill oil good for dry skin?

Yes. The omega-3s in krill oil help to hydrate skin from the inside out. Essential fats, like those found in krill oil, are needed to reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles, along with reducing age-related dryness. A study in the Alternative Medicine Review; found krill oil to be 6x more effective at reducing wrinkles than 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?

Krill oil can help to regulate mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition, found that increased intake of omega-3s, like those found in krill oil, lowered the risk of depressive symptoms and promoted antidepressant and mood stabilizing effects. Another study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, found EPA to be effective in lowering depressive symptoms in patients 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 should not cause anxiety but may actually help reduce anxiety.

The EPA component of krill oil, an important omega-3, has been studied for its antidepressant and mood stabilizing effects. A study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, found omega-3 supplementation to reduce 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 to speak with your health care provider first if you have concerns about adding a krill oil supplement to your diet.

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.
Krill oil’s anti-inflammatory effects further aid in muscle and joint maintenance, helping to reduce inflammation.

Does krill oil help PMS?

Yes. Krill oil has been clinically shown to reduce symptoms of PMS.

A study conducted in the journal, Alternative Medicine Review, found krill oil to reduce a variety of symptoms of PMS including: mood, decreased interest in activity, anxiety, food and sugar cravings, insomnia or hypersomnia, headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, muscle pain and water retention.

Does krill oil help acne?

Yes. Krill oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation 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 pro-inflammatory omega-6s and higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3s may help to reduce or eliminate acne.

Krill oil may also help to promote proper hormonal balance. Imbalanced hormones can lead to acne and other skin issues.