Krill Oil, Anyone?

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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/9/2011 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Krill oil.  I really didn't know much about it except that it is a type of fish oil to help get omega 3.  It comes from krill...a fish in the shellfish family.  It's in close relationship with shrimp so if you are allergic to shellfish, you probably can't take this.  Anyway, I really don't eat fish and I never could take fish oil because it gave me diarrhea.  But my SIL told me about krill oil and that she didn't have those issues.  I decided to try it after a little research on the topic.  I can take it with no problem!  Finally I could help my cardiovascular system.  Yippee!  Plus, I only have to take two capsules a day (1,000 mg) to get the omega 3. With fish oil,  you have to take 3,000 mg to get the same amount of omega 3.  It's also absorbed easier than fish oil, too, and I have absorption problems.
 
The reason I'm talking about this is on the fibro forum is I started taking this before I had to go off ibuprofen.  I noticed that I didn't need as much ibuprofen after a few days.  That puzzled me so I started REALLY researching this and it can help with inflammation!  So, I wasn't going crazy after all. 
 
When I had to stop the ibuprofen I developed a lot of pain so this shows me that krill oil can't handle all the pain but, if you are taking something for pain anyway, perhaps using this instead of fish oil might help you a little more.  Talk with  your doctor or pharmacist before taking it, though.  My doctor was fine with this.
 
Also, since I've been taking krill oil I have been sleeping much better!  I used to wake up every 1 1/2 - 2 hours all night long.  Plus, I would be sleeping and all of a sudden my eyes would just pop open!  But, since I've been taking krill oil, I have only been getting up once a night.  I sleep 3-4 hours straight before awakening and I haven't done that in years.  Then, I go back to sleep for another 4 hours.  I'm not as fatigued, either.  So this is another bonus for me.
 
I'll be getting blood work the end of December.  I stopped taking my statin drug because of all the muscle pain I've been having and statins can cause this.  So, I'll fill you in how my cholesterol is once I find out.  I never had high cholesterol but my doctor wanted it VERY low because I'm also diabetic.  I'm hoping the krill oil keeps it low without taking statin drugs.  In my research, many have had great success with this.
 
I told you that I'm trying certain things and would let you know how they work for me.  We are all different so keep that in mind, too.  So, you might want to research this.  Also, not all krill oil is alike.  You get what you pay for most generally so really check it out. 
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/9/2011 11:12:03 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/9/2011 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, I've never tried the Krill Oil before but have used Glucosimine Chondroitin in the past...it is made up of shark cartiledge and proteins of shellfish...I tried it for osteoarthritis but it didn't agree with me...I kept burping a "fishy" taste throughout the day.

I will have to look into the Krill oil and ask if it is something that I could try along with my meds.

Good luck on your quest to find less pain!!! I hope this works great for you:)

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   Posted 11/9/2011 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
What brand of Krill oil do you use?

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   Posted 11/9/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Robin, there are not fishy burps with krill oil!  Nothing!  That's one of it's selling points.  Check it out. 
 
Grandma, I started out with MegaRed.  They, at the time, were only selling soft gels that were 300 mg so I have been taking 3 of them a day and still not getting the whole 1,000 mg. that the studies were done on.  Plus, MegaRed is more expensive than other good krill oil products so I am switching to Azantis 100% Krill Oil. Their capsules are 500 mg. each so I will take them twice a day.  I have them sitting in my closet and will be starting those next week when I finish up the MegaRed. 
 
Both of these products are good krill oil products.  I just wanted to take a good product that didn't cost an arm and a leg.  I see that MegaRed has come out with 500 mg. soft gels now but they are very expensive if you take two a day, which I would.  Their directions say you only need one a day but that's not what the studies were based on and I want good results.  But MegaRed would be a good product to start out with to see if you can take them.  They are easily purchased in drug stores and are sometimes on sale...buy one/get one free.   
 
There are other good krill oil products out there but these are the ones I'm using.
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/13/2011 10:24:45 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/9/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I take krill oil too and it's helped raise my good cholesterol a little.  I hadn't thought of 2 pills a day - thanks for the suggestion.  Minding our nutrition seems to help with fibro pain.
 
I can't take fish oil because I react to it - gastric reflux and tachycardia.  Something in it may have sulfite.  They spray down fish and shrimp on the boats with sulfite to prevent spoiling.  I can only eat ocean fish if it's well washed, shrimp too.  I don't have a true allergy to fish or shrimp.
 
I only tolerate statins 3 times a week.  Getting rid of the muscle pain from statin intolerance helped with fibro pain a little.  I read an article that said even people who don't tolerate statins may tolerate them once a week or so.  That's me!  I only take 5 mg of Crestor, don't tolerate some of the others at all.  It's a subject to discuss with your cardiologist or maybe your PCP.  I have familial high cholesterol, really need help besides diet.
 
The liver takes carbohydrates and turns them into cholesterol.  Avoiding fat doesn't help, only avoiding bread and other carbs.  I cut my carbs, especially bread, way down and lowered my cholesterol and lost weight.  Now, at weight where I want to stay, I try to only eat good carbs.
 
No cure here, but I feel better.

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   Posted 11/9/2011 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie, if you are taking statins, be sure to take coQ10 because statins will deplete your body of this important enzyme.  I'm still takig coQ10 even after I stopped taking the statins. 
 
We do need cholesterol though.  Just not a ton.  The basic American diet is loaded...especially if one is into fast foods.  I'm glad you got the weight off and are doing better.  I did the same thing.  I lost 90 pounds watching the carbs I eat.  It's not a diet but a way of life.
 
Keep feeling better, Alcie...and everyone!
 
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   Posted 11/10/2011 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine, how big are those krill oil capsules? I'm currently taking Fish oil (Omega 3) for ocular rosacea, but those are so big that sometimes I have a hard time swallowing them.

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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherrine,

Thanks for the post. Can I ask which brand name sells krill oil and do you buy it at a health food store?
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   Posted 11/10/2011 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor told me to take 2 fish oil capsules a day to help with my cholesterol and heart. I have a huge family history of heart disease and I have high blood pressure and cholesterol. I'm very allergic to shellfish so no krill for me.

Bwfm, I know this sounds gross but I chew the fish oil capsules! smhair I tried many times to swallow the pill but just couldn't. I've been doing this for several years and it doesn't bother me at all. I just swallow some water or juice with the oil, then hot coffee to get the taste out of my mouth.

I also have given up most bread which I just love. I do eat one slice of 100% whole grain once a day. Also, steel cut oatmeal everyday. Tomorrow I get my cholesterol tested. It was good 6 months ago and I am also on 80mg of a statin.

Sherrine, I plan to talk to my doctor about the CoQ10. I keep reading about the need for it while taking statins. Glad you are getting some relief from pain and sleep problems with the krill.
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   Posted 11/10/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
bwfm, the soft gels are not big at all...approximately the size of an M&M.  They are oval.  Much smaller than the fish oil I tried to take several years ago.
 
Almost, I bought the MegaRed at the drug store and I ordered the Azantis on line.  I don't go to health food stores.  This is easier for me.
 
Thanks, Puppylover.  It just weird now to be able to sleep better.  It's been years since I only had to get up once in the middle of the night!
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/13/2011 10:25:39 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/13/2011 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherrine,

I saw an advertisement for Mega Red krill oil last night so I decided to take another look at this thread.

Question: Would it be better to start off with the Advantis to begin with since it is less expensive to get the 1000 mg by taking two rather than three?

I googled Advantis krill oil and it didn't come up with a link to a website that sells it. Could you give us the link to the website that sells Advantis?

I went into the website where I purchase my vitamins from at a discounted rate. The price for 60 NOW 500 mg softgels is $13.88. How does that compare to MegaRed and Advantis? I trust the NOW brand of vitamins. I take several varieties of NOW vitamins.

Thanks!
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   Posted 11/13/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
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You couldn't find Advantis Krill Oil because it doesn't exist!  LOL  I totally misspelled it.  It is Azantis Krill Oil.  I'm blaming this on fibro fog.  That's my story and I'm sticking with it!  tongue I'll change it in my other posts.
 
It's totally up to you as to how you start krill oil.  I started with the MegaRed because that's what my SIL said she took.  I was doing it for cardiovascular benefits but then I did a ton of research on krill oil, read the studies, etc. and saw that the studies were done with 1,000 mg a day.  Then I started researching companies, too, and I personally felt that Azantis was a good product and the price was better. 
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 11/13/2011 10:26:57 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/16/2011 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I could chew those pills. I have a pretty healthy gag reflex and oh, that sounds so yucky!

Thanks for the info, Sherrine.

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   Posted 11/16/2012 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
In my humble opinion, Krill Doctor Professional Krill Oil is by far the best Krill product in the market.

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   Posted 11/16/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Sherrine! I've been wondering about Krill oil for awhile, but I have never taken it because fish oil caps make me really sick (digestive issues, including the horrible fishy aftertaste *shudders*). I'll give it a try. :-)

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   Posted 11/16/2012 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
These capsules are small...not large like regular fish oil capsules.  I have never had a fish oil burp either and they don't bother my digestive system even though I have Crohn's disease.  I'm really glad I can take these since I couldn't take regular fish oil.  I got diarrhea with regular fish oil.
 
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   Posted 11/16/2012 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going to have to look into this and bring it up to my doctor and get his thoughts on it (or at least the dietician's thoughts). I am always looking for ways to supplement my diet without having to take a ton, and like someone said above, when I take fish oil, it gives me nasty tasting burps. Right now, I am just on basic vitamins though, since they (not sure which ones) have been making me sick (nausea). I am only on Calcium and a prenatal vit (I am not pregnant, but this is close to what the doctor really wants me on, and it is a script, so I don't have to pay out of pocket since it is covered 100% on my insurance).

Krill oil is something I have thought about, but was not sure what the benefits would really be. What does it help? Is it just for the Omega fatty acids, or are there other properties nutritionally that it helps? Also, how expensive is it? You have really peaked my curiosity. :)
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   Posted 10/9/2013 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Try this site http://www.3omegakrilloil.com There is lot of information about krill oil and omega 3

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   Posted 10/9/2013 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking Krill oil for quite a while because the pill size is small, and I already take a lot of pills the size of VW bugs. When I was referred to a cardiologist last year, he told me there's no research showing krill to be effective on blood lipids. He put me on 4800 mg a day of fish oil and my triglycerides and HDL are in the normal range for the first time in a long time. They're big gelcaps, but are enteric coated so no problems with burping fish oil.
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   Posted 10/9/2013 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Old post, I see, but I hope it's still okay to post on it.

Has anyone tried Puritan's Pride krill oil? I haven't, but often order from them, so something I may consider. Thanks in advance for any input, and I hope everyone has a good day. :)
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   Posted 10/9/2013 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to have to try this. I have high cholesterol but can't take any statin drugs due side effects of severe muscle weakness. Right now I take fish oil that are small and round but I can't get anywhere near the amount I am supposed to take with these. MY Rheumy years ago suggested fish oil for inflammation and it does help. I will be checking it out as it is time to buy more fish oil. Thanks Sherrine!
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   Posted 10/9/2013 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
im also going to try this...I don't have inflammation though, im interested in it to see if it helps sleep and fatigue and brain fog
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