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on 17 June 2014
I have to say that it is very hard to review these krill oil capsules, because I genuinely don't know if they are doing anything for me or not, because I can't really tell any difference from when I use them to when I don't. The only thing I can say is that I suffer with occasional palpitations and these have reduced, but I have also lost weight, so this could be a contributory factor and is not necessarily related to the use of the krill oil.
This brand of krill oil has a pleasant vanilla coating which smells very nice when you open the container and I have not noticed any unpleasant fishy odours. The capsules are average size and easy to swallow with water.
I can only advise on what I have read about the use of krill oil and that is to say that whilst there is some evidence that it works, there is insufficient evidence to confirm its effectiveness, as there has not been enough study into it and research is ongoing. The following is a list of ailments that have ongoing research into the use of krill oil.
Developing research shows that taking 1-1.5 grams of a specific krill oil product daily reduces total cholesterol and "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and increases "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol. Higher doses of 2-3 grams daily also appear to significantly reduce levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat.
Early research shows that taking 300 mg of a specific krill oil product daily reduces pain and stiffness in people with osteoarthritis, reduces pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis and might reduce symptoms of PMS. It may also be effective in treating, high blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes, cancer, depression and other conditions.
However, as stated previously, more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of krill oil for these uses.
Krill oil is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when used appropriately for a short amount of time, current recommendations are for use up to 3 months only. Research on krill oil has not adequately evaluated its safety or possible side effects, but it is likely that krill oil can cause some side effects similar to fish oil products, such as, bad breath, heartburn, fishy taste, upset stomach, nausea, and loose stools.
Special precautions and warnings are given about using krill oil during pregnancy and if breast-feeding, as there is not enough known about the use of krill oil during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using it altogether if this applies to you.
Some people who are allergic to seafood might also be allergic to krill oil supplements. There is no reliable information showing how likely people with seafood allergy are to have an allergic reaction to krill oil; however, until more is known, avoid using krill oil or use it cautiously if you have a seafood allergy.
There is concern that krill oil might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery, as it reduces blood clotting. So it is advised to stop using krill oil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
You should be warned and be cautious about using krill oil in combination with medications that slow blood clotting, as anticoagulant / antiplatelet drugs interact with krill oil. Because krill oil might slow blood clotting, taking krill oil along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Medications that slow blood clotting and may interact with krill oil include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Other medicine interactions are linked with Orlistat (Xenical, Alli). Orlistat (Xenical, Alli) is used for weight loss and it prevents dietary fats from being absorbed from the gut. There is some concern that orlistat (Xenical, Alli) might also decrease absorption of krill oil when they are taken together. To avoid this potential interaction take orlistat (Xenical, Alli) and krill oil at least 2 hours apart.
The appropriate dose of krill oil depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for krill oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
All this said, I do not think they are worth the price tag as it is still essentially a product with inadequate test results and over all has no proof that it is better than other fish oils, despite how well it is packaged and how well it is advertised in stores everywhere at the moment. I would advise to use the best generic fish oil you can afford and don't just buy into hype.