Frequently Asked Questions

General Product Questions

What is the difference between fish oil and krill oil?

Krill oil may be a stronger, more effective way to get your daily omega-3s than fish oil. Krill oil is in phospholipid form, the type of lipid that human cell membranes are composed of. This allows for easy and immediate absorption into the body. Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant and carotenoid. Fish oil is generally in triglyceride form, which needs to then be converted to phospholipid form. Some of the beneficial qualities and strength of the fish oil may be diminished during this conversion. Krill oil is the better alternative to fish oil if you are looking for maximum potency, efficacy and purity in your omega-3 supplement.

What are the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s)?

The two omega-3’s that hold the key to krill oil’s health benefits are EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are shown in many studies to promote cardiovascular health, support feminine health, support healthy joints, promote skin health, improve energy levels, support cognitive function and more. Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly lacking in the diet which is why supplementation is often recommended. Krill oil is rich in the omega-3’s EPA and DHA that promote all of these benefits.

Can I break open the capsule and consume the krill oil?

It is not recommended that you break open the capsule as the capsule helps to reduce any fishy odor, taste or repeat. If you have problems swallowing pills, you may choose to break open the capsule however the taste and smell may be unpleasant.

How many capsules are there per bottle?

There are 60 Caplique® capsules per bottle of Viva Naturals Krill Oil. This is a 30 day supply if you are taking the daily recommended serving (2 capsules).

How much krill oil is safe to take in one day?

The recommended dosage of Viva Naturals Krill Oil is 2 capsules. Speak to your healthcare provider if you would like to supplement beyond this serving.

Is there any fishy repeat/burp, taste or smelly with your krill oil?

No, there is no fishy repeat or fish burps with Viva Naturals Krill Oil. Our krill oil is extremely pure and is encapsulated in Caplique® capsules to limit the incidence of oxidation that may lead to unpleasant taste or decreased efficacy. Along with these features, krill oil is digested lower down in the gastrointestinal tract than fish oil, limiting the chance of fishy repeat, taste or fish burps that ordinary fish oil may cause.

Can krill oil be a good supplement for bodybuilding?

Yes, the omega-3’s in krill oil have been shown to speed up recovery time for those practicing a very active lifestyle. Athletes need more nutrients than non-athletes due to increased energy expenditure and oxidative damage. Omega-3’s, like those found in krill oil, help to counter oxidative damage. Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant found in krill oil also helps to counter oxidative damage. The omega-3’s found in krill oil may support fat loss as well by helping to regulate thyroid function and increasing satiation. Fat loss will promote muscle definition. 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.

Is krill oil good for dogs?

Yes. Krill oil is an excellent supplement for dogs. The omega-3’s promote joint health, a shiny coat and, healthy eye and brain function. Check with your veterinarian before adding a krill oil supplement to your dog’s diet.

I am a vegetarian, can I take krill oil?

Viva Naturals Krill Oil contains no animal products. It does contain krill (a crustacean) and a fish (tilapia) gelatin capsule. If you are a pescatarian or are comfortable with small amounts of seafood in your diet, you can take Viva Naturals Krill Oil to supplement your vegetarian diet.

Is krill oil good for eye health?

Yes. Krill oil’s omega-3s can help to lubricate eyes, limiting dryness and irritation. Krill oil also contains astaxanthin (a potent antioxidant and carotenoid) which can also support eye health. The American Optometric Association states that DHA, an omega-3 found in krill oil, is found, “in the highest concentration in the retina, suggesting it has an important functional role.” They also state that various studies have indicated that supplementing with DHA has been shown to support healthy vision among infants and adults.

What is krill? Is krill a fish?

Krill are small, shrimp-like crustaceans. They are extremely pure because they are at the bottom of the food chain. Their high omega-3 content comes from their phytoplankton diet, which is naturally high in EPA and DHA. Krill oil’s EPA and DHA are pre-converted and in the highly absorbable phospholipid form. Krill are sourced from the waters of the Antarctic, a pure and uncontaminated body of water. Krill are naturally high in astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant and carotenoid. Astaxanthin is what gives krill and krill oil its bright red/orange colour.

What is the best time of day to take krill oil?

Krill oil can be taken at any time of day. To reduce any risk of digestive upset, take krill oil with a full meal. Some find that taking their krill oil at breakfast is convenient and easy to remember. As long as you are taking your recommended krill oil dosage per day, timing should not be an issue.

How many capsules do I take per day (dosage)?

It is recommended that you take 2 Viva Naturals Krill Oil capsules per day.

How much krill oil is one serving?

One serving of Viva Naturals Krill Oil is two capsules per day.

What is DHA?

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that needs to be obtained from your diet, making it an essential fatty acid. DHA is required for brain and eye health. It is particularly important for children during their developmental years for proper brain and eye development. Krill oil is naturally high in DHA. DHA can be used to help manage hyperactive behavior, healthy mood, cardiovascular health, brain development in babies and children, feminine health and more. Viva Naturals Krill Oil contains 95mg DHA per serving.

What is EPA?

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that has been shown to promote cardiovascular health and a healthy inflammatory response. EPA is a natural component of krill oil and helps to support the maintenance of good health considering it is commonly lacking the diet. Viva Naturals Krill Oil contains 165mg EPA per serving.

Are omega-3s good for heart health?

Yes. The omega-3s found in krill oil are clinically proven to be beneficial to heart health. Krill oil has been shown in multiple studies to support healthy cholesterol levels. A study that was published in the Alternative Medicine Review, found that one to three grams of krill oil per day was significant in promoting arterial health.

What are sources of omega-3s?

There are many sources of omega-3’s from both plant and animal sources. These include: krill and krill oil, salmon and other fish, grass-fed beef, omega-3 eggs, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, kale and squash. Krill oil has been shown to be one of the most beneficial omega-3’s considering the omega-3’s are bound to phospholipids, the same structure as human cells.

What is astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin comes from a unique microalgae (Haematococcus pluvialis) which contains this valuable antioxidant and carotenoid. A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food, found astaxanthin to be a more powerful antioxidant than any other carotenoid and even vitamin E. The krill eat this microalgae, retaining the natural astaxanthin.

Is krill oil safe for all ages?

Krill oil is generally safe for all ages. Speak to your healthcare provider to see if krill oil is right for you. There may be exceptions or interactions with some medications that need to be considered before adding krill oil to your diet.

Can children take krill oil? How much can they take?

Yes. Krill oil can be extremely beneficial to children during their developmental years. The omega-3’s in krill oil promote, brain, eye, joint and nervous system development. Omega-3’s, like those found in krill oil, can also help to assist with behavioral issues and regulate mood. A recent study in the journal Nutrients, found DHA, an omega-3 found in krill oil, to have a favorable role in children’s cognition and behavior. Children up to 18 years of age may take 500mg of krill oil per day. Although generally safe, it is advised that you speak with your child’s healthcare provider before adding a krill oil supplement.

Is omega-3 safe for everybody?

Omega-3’s are essential fatty acids that all people require. Various factors such as age, gender, physical activity level and diet all impact how much omega-3 one should take. We recommend speaking with your healthcare provider to determine which quantity is best suited for you.

Why do supplements have different levels of EPA & DHA?

EPA and DHA amounts are dependent on the manufacturing process. Many supplement companies use inferior methods of extraction, making their EPA and DHA amounts lower. Viva Naturals Krill Oil has one of the highest levels of EPA and DHA in each serving.

Does krill oil contain iron?

Viva Naturals Krill Oil does not contain iron. If you are looking to increase your iron consumption, eat whole foods higher in iron such as grass-fed beef, oysters, beans, whole grains, raisins and chia seeds. Never begin taking an iron supplement unless you have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia and have been instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. Excess iron can lead to a variety of health problems.

When can you expect to feel results from the krill oil?

Some may feel results after a few days of taking krill oil. Changes in blood results can be seen after 1-3 months. Each person and condition is unique and responds to krill oil differently. For best results, couple Viva Naturals Krill Oil with a healthy diet and moderate exercise.

How should I store my krill oil?

Viva Naturals Krill Oil should be stored in a cool, dry place protected from heat and light. No refrigeration is not required, nor is it recommended.

How many calories are in each capsule?

There are 6.25 calories in each capsule. 12.5 calories comprise a recommended daily serving (2 capsules).

How long will it take to see noticeable benefits?

As each individual and his or her health condition is unique, results vary. Factors such as age, diet, physical activity level, gender, etc. all have an impact on the absorption of krill oil, therefore it is difficult to say. We recommend taking krill oil for a minimum of three months to see noticeable benefits.

What is the capsule size of Viva Naturals Krill Oil?

Unlike large fish oil softgels, our patented Caplique capsules are small and easy to swallow. They are less than 1 inch in length and less than half an inch in height. An exact image can be found on our homepage

Can I take krill oil with my multivitamin?

Yes. The omega-3’s in krill oil are considered to be essential nutrients, but they do not interfere with other nutrients found in multivitamins. The fatty acids in krill oil will actually assist with the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E. With this or any other form of supplementation, we always recommend consulting with your healthcare practitioner.

What part of the ocean does your krill come from?

Our krill are sourced from the Antarctic, one of the purest bodies of water.

Is krill oil taken with food?

Yes. We recommend taking 2 capsules per day in divided doses following a complete meal for optimal absorption.

Do I need to refrigerate krill oil?

Viva Naturals Krill Oil should be stored in a cool, dry place protected from heat and light. No refrigeration is not required, nor is it recommended.

Can I double or increase my daily intake of krill oil?

For intensive use, you may take up to 4 capsules daily following a complete meal. However, we recommend you speak with your healthcare provider to determine which dosage is best suited for your individual health needs.

Does your krill oil contain alcohol?

Our krill oil does not contain alcohol.