What Are The Uses Of Krill Oil?
Krill oil is made from a small animal, the Antarctic Krill species Euphausia superba. The oil extracted from the krill is used in the form of capsules for medicinal purposes. Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and PLFA (phospholipid-derived fatty acids). Krill oil supplements are used for various purposes such as to prevent:
- Heart disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides
- Ageing skin, osteoarthritis
- PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
- Depression, rheumatoid arthritis
- High blood pressure
- Stroke, cancer
What Are The Side Effects Of Krill Oil?
Some common side effects you may experience when taking krill oil are:
- Stomach discomfort, heartburn
- Gas and bloating
- Fishy burps, nausea
- Change in taste, decreased appetite, diarrhoea
If these side effects persist or worsen, stop the medication or consult your doctor.
What Are The Contraindications Of Krill Oil?
Inform your doctor before you start taking krill oil supplements if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Have any blood disorders, diabetes, obesity.
- Have any allergies to seafood.
- Are scheduled for any surgery as krill oil can cause the blood clotting to slow down.