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Is krill oil better than other oils for my omega 3's?
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Mahek Shah
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Omega 3
Krill oil has less mercury than fish oil omega 3.

In brief: Omega 3
Krill oil has less mercury than fish oil omega 3.
Mahek Shah
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Mahek Shah
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Omega 3
Krill oil advertises having less mercury than typical source of fish-oil omega 3 and comes from further towards the beginning of the food chain, advertised to be more 'pure' but if you don't have any allergies against salmon or fish, you can save money by buying fish oil omega 3 pills and eating more salmon.

In brief: Omega 3
Krill oil advertises having less mercury than typical source of fish-oil omega 3 and comes from further towards the beginning of the food chain, advertised to be more 'pure' but if you don't have any allergies against salmon or fish, you can save money by buying fish oil omega 3 pills and eating more salmon.
Mahek Shah
Mahek Shah
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
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In brief: About the same
Krill and fish oils are about the same in their omega 3 content.
Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that is touted as being very "powerful". There is controversy over the wisdom of harvesting krill. It is the backbone of the marine food chain. If we overharvest it, consequences would be dire, though krill seller say overharvesting won't happen. http://1.usa.gov/jv8kie.

In brief: About the same
Krill and fish oils are about the same in their omega 3 content.
Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that is touted as being very "powerful". There is controversy over the wisdom of harvesting krill. It is the backbone of the marine food chain. If we overharvest it, consequences would be dire, though krill seller say overharvesting won't happen. http://1.usa.gov/jv8kie.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
Krill oil has the same omega 3 fatty acids as fish oil.
However, some people report a better taste, less after taste and fewer "fishy burps" later on. It is a bit more expensive, however. Try it and see how it works for you.

In brief: Maybe
Krill oil has the same omega 3 fatty acids as fish oil.
However, some people report a better taste, less after taste and fewer "fishy burps" later on. It is a bit more expensive, however. Try it and see how it works for you.
David Miller
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
Look at the details of the supplement.
Many fish oil supplements actually have very little omega 3's in them, & it's often difficult to tell what else is in them. Epa dha are the omega 3's most studied/shown to be beneficial, but often r not the main part of the fish oil supplement. As unregulated products u can't know 100%, but at least make sure they list the good things as the main components.

In brief: Not necessarily
Look at the details of the supplement.
Many fish oil supplements actually have very little omega 3's in them, & it's often difficult to tell what else is in them. Epa dha are the omega 3's most studied/shown to be beneficial, but often r not the main part of the fish oil supplement. As unregulated products u can't know 100%, but at least make sure they list the good things as the main components.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
In brief: Omega 3 = snake oil
Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".

In brief: Omega 3 = snake oil
Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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