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5.
Krill Oil, Like Fish Oil, Helps Treat Arthritis Symptoms

The beneficial effect of fish oil on treating arthritis has been
extensively studied. (Read more about
foods that relieve
arthritis.)

But krill oil is also quite useful as an arthritis remedy.
Researchers found krill oil helped people suffering from
arthritis by reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness in
affected joints, according to a 2007 study by the University
Health Network in Toronto, Canada which gave participants
a daily dose of 300mg of krill oil over 30 days.



In France, krill oil is gaining acceptance as a treatment for
"articulations", meaning joint stiffness that comes with aging
or strenuous exercise. Krill oil works better than fish oil at
relieving joint pain and stiffness. Krill oil is better than fish oil
in helping to relieve a
frozen shoulder as well.

6.
Krill Oil Helps Reduce PMS Symptoms More than Fish Oil

Fish oil may help PMS sufferers but is krill oil better? Yes,
according to a 2003 study by the University of Montreal.

In the study krill oil supplements reduced breast tenderness,
joint pain and the emotional symptoms of PMS much more
than fish oil pills in 70 patients suffering from premenstrual
syndrome. However, some members of the research team
did work for the company that sold the krill oil in question.

A 2007 study from the University of California also stated
that krill oil markedly outperformed fish oil in double-blind
trials for the relief of premenstrual syndrome and
dysmenorrheal.

7.
Does Krill Oil Give You Fishy Belches?

You may have experienced one of the irritating, although not
dangerous, side effects of fish oil – fish-flavored belches,
along with bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and cramps.
Marketers of krill oil may say that krill oil doesn’t cause these
fishy side effects but there is no evidence of this being true.
You can try to minimize the gastrointestinal effects of both
krill and fish oil by freezing your pills, buying an odorless
brand, or taking your capsules with a meal.

8.
Avoid Krill Oil if You are Allergic to Shellfish

As you may expect, krill oil is a no-no if you have a shellfish
allergy because it contains tropomyosin, a major allergen.
Steer clear of krill oil if you have a shrimp or shellfish
problem, so says a 2008 report from the Food Safety
Research Institute, Kusatsu, Japan.

9.
Is Krill Oil Safe?


























The US food and Drug Administration says up to 3,000mg (
3 grams) of fish oil a day is “Generally Regarded as Safe”.

Krill oil appears to be safe at these levels.  However, even at
lower levels, krill oil has been found to be effective in
improving your blood profile. For example,  the 2004 study
from McGill University in Canada discovered that a dose of
500mg is effective for the long-term regulation of blood
lipids and cholesterol, although no long term (longer than
three months) studies have been undertaken.

However, that doesn't mean that krill oil can be taken by all
people. Krill oil can increase the risk of serious bleeding
when mixed with drugs like warfarin (Shawnee Mission
Medical Center, 2004) so you should check with your doctor
if you are taking other medications, especially high blood
pressure or blood-thinning medications, and you want to try
krill oil.

Be aware, also, that aspirin is a blood-thinner, so if you are
taking aspirin on a regular basis, you may need to reduce
your krill intake.


How Much Krill Oil Should You Take?

Here, scientists have used different amounts depending in
the purpose of the study. A 2007 study from Virginia
Commonwealth University found that the optimal amount of
krill oil needed to reduce high triglycerides levels is between
2000 and 4000 mg per day.


10.
Is Krill Oil as Good as Eating Fish?

Pills are not food. Fish is not the same as fish oil pills. The
medical case for eating actual fish is unassailable. You should
definitely eat fish.  In 2006 research from the Harvard
School of Public Health experts found that eating two
servings of fatty fish a week reduced the risk of dying from
heart disease by more than one-third.

Most medical experts now agree that getting your omega-3s
from actually eating fish rather than taking supplements is
always better. Fish consumption is certainly better studied
than the benefits of fish or krill oil.

But if you don’t like fish or can’t eat enough, krill oil is a
reasonable alternative. And ,when compared to fish oil, krill
oils is equally effective in combating any illnesses that have
been studies , and in some cases it beats fish oil handily.

Of course, we're still early in our understanding of krill oil.
More research is needed into krill oil and fish oil in order to
reach a definite conclusion as to which one is best.


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