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Even better than fish oil, krill oil is proving to have numerous health benefits ranging from heart health, to joint health, and anti-aging for the brain.

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Krill are pink colored, shrimp-like creatures that feed on microscopic plants in the ocean. They average 2 inches in length at maturity. They drift along the waves near the surface of the water and are consumed by other ocean creatures such as whales, fish, and birds making them a staple in the marine food chain.

Now krill are quickly becoming a staple in human diets in the form of krill oil due to their incredible health benefits.

Why Should You Take Krill Oil?

Krill oil is a rich source of healthy, polyunsaturated fatty acids, which we commonly refer to as Omega-3s, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In this regard, it is similar to fish oil. Therefore, it serves as an alternative to fish or other marine oil supplements.

The main difference in krill oil and fish oil is that krill oil is transported through the body in phospholipid form which some research1 says is more rapidly absorbed or it is more bioavailable. One other difference is that krill oil has a carotenoid antioxidant called astaxanthin2 which also provides many health benefits.

Some people who have tried to take fish oil and quit did so because they found themselves burping up the flavor a couple of hours later leaving a rather unpleasant aftertaste in their mouths. According to some manufacturers, most people do not experience reflux, burping, or fishy aftertaste when using krill oil.

Even though the health benefits are very similar between fish and krill oils, if you had an unpleasant experience with fish oil, you might want to switch to krill.

What else can krill oil supplements do for you?

In the last decade, it has been gaining popularity for these scientifically-based reasons:

An Edge On Athletic Performance

Athletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance whether it’s through body composition, training, or recovery. Krill oil is being tested to enhance the all-around athlete.

Krill oil has been studied and shown effective for positive outcomes in post-exercise immune function and oxidative stress3, such as in this study by Da Boit et al. (2015)4.

Individuals who are interested in changing their body composition by increasing their muscle mass want to engage a system in their body called mTOR. When the mTOR system is active, it stimulates muscle protein synthesis, the process of getting muscles to grow.

Georges et al. (2018)5 wanted to know if krill oil was effective for helping to increase muscle mass.  What they discovered is that krill oil effectively stimulates mTOR signaling, and therefore should be further researched as a supplement to help athletes better their performance and body composition.

In a pilot study on elite athletes who compete in the Norseman, one of the most difficult triathlons in the world, Dr. Strovse in conjunction with Aker BioMarine put krill oil to the test.

Dr. Strovse attested, “We know that high-intensity training has an impact on immune function and inflammation, making athletes especially vulnerable to illness and infections. This has a direct impact on the athletes’ physical recovery and performance.”

The research team noted that in 2017 athletes had an extreme drop in DHA in the five weeks following the race. They began supplementing the athletes with a high dose of krill oil, 4g per day, and the athletes’ Omega-3 index significantly increased. This was measured using Omega-3 index testing according to the website6.

Keep in mind that pilot studies are a type of preliminary work that could lead to a full-scale research project.

Heart Health – Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Backes & Howard (2014)7 report that the “consumption of the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), has generally demonstrated numerous health benefits including lower rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD).”

Krill oil is rich in all three of these fatty acids, which is why it is considered heart-healthy. Further research, specifically on krill oil’s impact on reducing the risk for heart disease, has been very positive.

In a study by Berge et al. (2015)8, researchers found that krill oil supplementation decreases cardiovascular disease risk parameters through effects on plasma TAGs, lipoprotein particles, fatty acid profile, redox status, and possible inflammation.

Lobracio et al. (2015)9 found similar results in their study of 47 participants who had type 2 diabetes. Participants were randomly divided into two groups, either krill oil or olive oil supplementation for 4 weeks. Then they underwent a 2-week washout period before crossing over to the other supplementation for 4 weeks.

Finally, all participants were offered an additional 17 weeks of krill supplementation. Thirty-seven participants chose the additional supplementation and they had “a statistically significant improvement in endothelial function and blood high-density lipoprotein (HDL).”

Endothelial dysfunction is a predictor of stroke and heart attacks because the arteries can’t fully dilate. The dysfunction may be a result of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center10.

Finally, in a recent study on non-human, diabetic primates, Hals et al. (2017)11 found that krill oil had a positive impact on cardiovascular disease risk factors by reducing total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing HDL-cholesterol.

Similar results were found in a study by Sun et al. (2017)12 on mice. Mice treated with krill oil “could significantly improve dyslipidemia (the amount of lipids in the blood including triglycerides, cholesterol, and fats), fatty liver, and glucose metabolism.”

From the above research, we can conclude that because of the abundance of omega-3 fatty acids in krill oil, it is helpful in preventing cardiovascular disease and can be used in place of fish oil for those who do not get enough omega-3s through their diet each week.

Blood Glucose Control

High glucose is not only associated with cardiovascular disease, but it is also strongly associated with type 2 diabetes. Controlling blood glucose is of the utmost importance for people in one or both of these categories.

Recent studies on krill oil are showing promising results for helping to control blood glucose levels.

A very recent study by Rundblad et al. (2018)13 found that krill oil had a more beneficial effect on blood glucose than fish even though it does not supply as much vitamin D as fish does. The participants in the study were given eight capsules per day of krill oil totaling 4 grams of oil per day. This study found that it would be beneficial to both consume lean, fatty fish in conjunction with supplementing with krill oil.

There aren’t many studies in this area. There are older studies14 that report that krill oil could decrease insulin sensitivity which would not be good for diabetics. More research is needed to determine if krill oil should be used in type 2 diabetics looking for a natural way to control blood sugar. However, it could be helpful for non-diabetics that need to control their blood glucose levels.

Improve Joint Health

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis which is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease according to the Arthritis Foundation15.

Typical symptoms include of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Joint swelling and inflammation
  • A decreased range of motion

There are also varying degrees of the severity of the pain from intermittent and/or mild to chronic. Most people increasingly notice problematic joints as they age.

So, what can you do to take care of your joints now and in the future?

Take a krill oil supplement.

In a study by Ierna et al. (2010)16, mice were given collagen to induce arthritis. Then they were separated into three groups for treatment. The group that was treated with krill oil had significantly reduced arthritis scores and hind paw swelling when compared to the other two groups, the control group and those treated with fish oil.

Strikingly similar results were found in a very recent study by Zadeh-Ardabili & Rad (2019)17. The researchers found that the krill oil and fish oil that were used in testing were effective in reducing severe inflammation and pain in mice. However, krill oil was found to be more effective than fish oil.

If you are currently taking fish oil to help with joint pain, you should consider switching to krill oil.

Relief From PMS Symptoms

Cramping, bloating, emotional distress, and overall discomfort can plague a woman every month of every year for most of her life due to her menstrual cycle. There are many types of pain relievers on the market, but krill oil has been shown to be very effective in relieving these PMS symptoms.

In a study including 70 women over a 90 day period, or 3 cycles, Sampalis et al. (2003)18 found that treatment will krill oil significantly reduced cramping and emotional symptoms of PMS. Even more effective than fish oil.

In another 4-month pilot study by Wakeman (2013)19, women took a supplement that included krill oil for PMS.  Twenty-nine of the women who completed the study experienced relief from anxiety, bloating, mood swings, breast tenderness, skin outbreaks, food cravings, fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia, and headache after 3 months of treatment.

Instead of reaching for the ibuprofen, make krill oil part of your regular supplementation.

Anti-Aging For The Brain

When you think about anti-aging, you probably think about your skin and other exterior signs of aging, but what about your brain?

Just as bodies age, so does the brain. When the brain ages, it can fall victim to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. You can protect your brain or prolong the aging process by providing your body with proper nutrition, and krill oil is currently being studied for anti-neurodegenerative effects.

Very recently, Jiang et al. (2019)20 published a study on the effects of krill oil on the brain and gut microbiota. Believe it or not, gut health is indicative of overall health and is intricately linked to the gut because the gut constantly sends signals to the brain. What this study revealed is that krill oil was beneficial against brain aging in brain aging mice.

Hopefully, there will be additional studies in humans to further understand how krill oil can help slow or prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.

How Much Should I Take?

Krill oil is easy to find and purchase online or in health stores since krill oil is a dietary supplement, which means it won’t require a doctor’s approval or prescription.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or USDA, has not made any krill oil recommendations, but according to the European Food Safety Authority, when you take a supplement that is a combination of DHA and EPA, it is generally safe to take up to 5 grams per day even though the dietary recommendations are only between 250 – 500 milligrams per day, which is exactly what you’ll find in Healthy Bunch’s Krill Oil.

Who Should Not Take Krill Oil Supplements?

Although krill oil is considered a safe and natural product, there are some people who still should not consume it.

If you fall into any of the following categories, talk to your doctor before starting krill oil supplement:

  • If you are allergic to fish or shellfish, it is likely that you will be allergic to krill.
  • If you are diabetic, it may further reduce insulin sensitivity.
  • If you have a blood clotting disorder it could make clotting more difficult.
  • If you are about to undergo surgery
  • If you have liver disease
  • If you have a pancreas disorder
  • If you drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day
  • If you have an underactive thyroid


Krill oil is currently a hotly researched supplement that is proving to have numerous health benefits similar to or better than fish oil. Taking a krill oil supplement is a safe and effective way to ensure you are getting your daily dose of omega-3s, EPA, and DHA.

If you are on prescription medications, it is always best to talk to your doctor before beginning a krill oil supplement or any other supplement that could interact with your medications.

Supplement Facts

Serving Size: 1 softgel Servings Per Container: 30

IngredientAmount Per Serving%DV
Krill Oil500mg*

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