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5.0 out of 5 stars Works well and is cost effective., 2 Jun. 2014
This review is from: MegaRed Extra Strength Omega 3 Krill Oil 500mg 40 Capsules (Personal Care)
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Krill oil. Schiff Mega Red brand.
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What is it ?
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Krill oil is a source of Omega 3 complexes. These oils are thought to help protect against cardiovascular diseases. Most Omega 3 is delivered in the form of fish oil capsules or Cod Liver Oil as a food additive. Krill are tiny Plankton like creatures found in the colder oceans of the World. The Krill are harvested and processed to extract the oils.

This oil is delivered in a capsule that does contain some gelatine so may not be suitable for some diets.

Research.
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Looking at the available research online it is pretty much a forgone conclusion that fish oils are good for you and can help keep a healthy heart. Using Krill oil to supply these oils is a relatively new thing and the research seems patchy on whether it is as good as traditionally fish oils. Fish oils are also recommended to help keep joints supple.

I come from a family that has a long tradition of heart disease and I have always been careful to minimise the risk factors by taking regular light exercise and a good healthy diet. I don’t drink alcohol and have never smoked. I get a regular health check-up each year and at 54 so far so good I have gone the longest without heart problems as I have tried to look after myself. I have taken fish oils for years and fish is the main source of protein in my diet. Two of my younger brothers have had heart problems even though they are quite fit but they don’t take fish oils. My doctor actively encourages the use of fish oils in the diet as his own research has found it to be beneficial to the heart. As to the effectiveness of Krill oil the jury seems to be out in the research community. Some reports say it’s better than traditional fish oil other say it’s not.

My observations taking it for the last few weeks.
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I have tried this for the last few weeks and it seems to work on me. They are easy to swallow and certainly do not leave you with fish breath! As for value I only need one of these a day against two of my regular fish capsules so one price they work out about the same. My joints feel fine; in fact I think they are slightly more supple than before. As for the heart benefits well it’s hard to tell but the capsules do contain amounts of fish oils according to the breakdown of ingredients in the pack.

Environmental issues ?
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I have read in a couple of reports that Krill oil extraction could cause environmental and ecosystem problems with over fishing. Not sure what to make of this but there is an environmental statement on the pack saying the Krill is only taken so that a sustainable population is left in the Antarctic oceans.

Overall.
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I quite like this food supplement as it comes from a trusted company, Scihiff and from what evidence I can find Krill oil is the way to go. There is a big label on the pack saying ‘Scientifically proven for a healthy heart and I can only agree with this form the research I have done. Being a practicing Biologist I can understand and read the reports and the main contradictory evidence seems to be about how Krill oils are absorbed and carried in the body against traditional fish oils.
Obviously there is more research needed but it seems to work well for me and is cost effective. I’ll keep reading the research and report back anything I find that is based on fact rather than sales talk or scare mongering. I am quite happy to carry on with these.
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