Krill oil comes from shrimp-like crustaceans called krill. This type of oil is rich in omega-3’s and contains the same essential fatty acids as fish oil (eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA). The EPA and DHA in krill oil have been studied and suggest a higher bioavailability (rate of absorption) compared to regular fish oil.
A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition examined krill oil (300 mg daily) compared to a placebo and found that 30 days of krill oil supplementation was effective at reducing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation). Specifically, there was a 20.3 percent to 28.9 percent symptom reduction and 31.6 percent less rescue medication usage.
Krill is a source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), types of omega-3 fats found only in marine sources. They have important functions in the body and are linked to improved heart health through healthy fat profile.
People with bleeding disorders and those taking medication or supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, warfarin, heparin, clopidogrel, garlic, ginkgo biloba, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen or naproxen should only use krill oil under a physician’s supervision.
Avoid taking this supplement two weeks before or after surgery.
Side effects of krill oil may include:
- Loose stools
- Oily skin
As such, it is best to consult your primary care provider or physician before taking this supplement.
A study of 90 people with chronic inflammation found that taking 300 mg of krill oil daily was enough to reduce a marker of inflammation by up to 30% after one month. Krill oil may be even more effective at fighting inflammation than other marine omega-3 sources because it appears to be easier for the body to use. This makes Krill oil use popular in the treatment of arthritis and other painful inflammatory conditions such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In fact, a study that found krill oil significantly reduced a marker of inflammation also found that krill oil reduced stiffness, functional impairment and pain in patients with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
A small but well-designed study of 50 adults with mild knee pain found that taking krill oil for 30 days significantly reduced participants’ pain while they were sleeping and standing. It also increased their range of motion.
Additionally, researchers studied the effects of krill oil in mice with arthritis. When the mice took krill oil, they had improved arthritis scores, less swelling and fewer inflammatory cells in their joints.
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