This page focuses on krill oil's side effects on humans, ranging from allergic reactions to its impact on people taking blood pressure medication.
Krill Oil Benefits
Krill oil is still a relatively new supplement in that the research done so far on its effects is not extensive. The research that we do have supports the benefits of the Omega-3s in krill oil but little is known of the long-term side-effects of taking krill oil supplements. Despite having a vague understanding of the long term usage of krill oil -- many are taking these supplements for their high level of Omega-3 absorption. It is fair to say that since Krill have been eaten in Japan, there is nothing inherently toxic about krill oil.
Start with a Lower Dosage
Some people have experienced indigestion or diarrhea after taking krill oil supplements. This seems to be caused by the fatty acid content in krill oil. To avoid this, it is advisable to start with low doses (one capsule instead of two) of krill oil supplements, and gradually increase the dosage.
Medications that prevent blood from clotting quickly, commonly known as blood thinners (anticoagulant or antiplatelet prescription medication or herbs) do interact with the effects of krill oil. A cocktail of krill oil and these medications may result in bleeding disorders. This is because krill oil thins blood making blood platelets unlikely to adhere to each other.
It is especially important for those who want to lower their triglycerides and blood pressure to understand how krill oil may impact them -- moreso for those who are already on medication for blood pressure.
Krill oil can be harmful because it leaves the blood excessively thin and may result in bruising and bleeding. If you are on such medications, carefully consult your physician before adding krill oil to your diet. You may still be allowed to take a smaller dosage of krill oil but it is always safest to keep your doctor informed about any major dietary changes.
Some other precautions to keep in mind before taking krill oil supplements are:
|Pregnant Womenshould not take krill oil without physician consent.||Quality ManufacturerLow quality krill oil is cheap but may be ineffective.|
You should always take a thorough look at the research done on the side-effects of krill oil and consult with your physician before taking any dietary supplement, including krill oil supplements