What is it?
Krill oil is made from the oil of a shrimp like animal called krill. Krill is sometimes called “whale food” as it is eaten by whales. Krill oil contains fatty acids similar to fish oil which helps to lower bad cholesterol and prevent blood clotting.
Krill oil has been thought to help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, osteoarthritis, lower bad cholesterols (LDL) and lower blood pressure. More highly evidence based evidence and studies need to be conducted to prove its actual benefits.
Possible side effects
Krill oil is generally safe when taken for short time. Some possible side effects some people may experience include heartburn, bad breath, upset stomach, nausea and loose stools. For lactating and pregnant woman, there are no evidence to determine the pregnancy category of this supplement hence it is best avoided. Also avoid taking krill oil if you have known seafood allergy.
1. Anti-coagulants/anti-platelets: as krill oil slows clotting, when used together with anti-coagulants it will increase risk of bruising and bleeding.
2. Xenical: Xenical is a slimming pill and prevents dietary fats from being absorbed from the digestive system. Hence it may reduce absorption of krill oil. Xenical and krill oil should not be taken together, preferably at least 2 hours apart.
There is currently no specific guidelines on the appropriate dosage. Please follow the instructions on product label and if in doubt consult your doctor first.