Fish Oil vs Krill Oil

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2012-07-31 09:44:43 -0500
Started 2012-07-07 11:26:50 -0500

Many of you take fish oil, and krill oil has been getting more common also. Is krill oil better than fish oil ?
Here is a link to help you decide.

87 replies

kylaburton 2012-07-31 04:08:09 -0500 Report

I think Krill Oil is much better, I've been using a fish oil for several years and when I read about Dr. Mercola's article about both krill oil and fish oil, I switched on krill oil now.

jigsaw 2012-07-31 09:44:43 -0500 Report

You could be right! Krill oil has some advantages and some disavantages however. Either way, I think it's an excellent supplement to take.

GabbyPA 2012-07-10 22:15:24 -0500 Report

I like the krill oil tablets MUCH better. I don't burp fish all day and they are supposed to be better. I have not noticed that they do anything for me though.

jigsaw 2012-07-11 05:10:42 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! The only thing that I have noticed after some long term trial and error (over a few years on and off fish oil caps ) is an improvement in my triglycerides. That's using Lovaza. Any other benefits with the exception of Possible cholesterol improvement would probably be difficult to determine.

DeanaG 2012-07-08 17:18:19 -0500 Report

For those that have trouble with the size and taste of the usual fish oil capsules I found some at Walgreens that solved both problems.
Under the label of "Lang Naturals"
"Finest Nutriton"
"Triple Strength Fish Oil Pearls"
They are 1400 mg strength, small in size and so far no fish burps or taste.
Thought I would share my find. ;-)

DeanaG 2012-07-10 23:00:42 -0500 Report

I just discovered they have a little peppermint oil in them. So instead of fish burps you get peppermint. ;-)

jigsaw 2012-07-11 05:22:31 -0500 Report

I'm sure there would still be a hint of fish burp mixed with the peppermint. Probably best to take them when you have an annoying individual hanging around you !

DeanaG 2012-07-11 09:51:05 -0500 Report

So far no hints of fish, just peppermint.
The first time I had a burp after starting these pearls I was like "WTH, I didn't eat anything with peppermint in it". When I went to fill my pill organizer I noticed on the label about the peppermint oil. ;-)

jigsaw 2012-07-11 10:00:05 -0500 Report

Very interesting and good to know! Being they're available at Walgreens, they can be easily acquired by many. Thanks!

CJ55 2012-07-08 00:03:31 -0500 Report

I need to take a fish oil but was told they leave a nastybafter taste. I do not eat fish.. Can u or anyone recommend a brand that wnt leave a nasty after taste or burping? Im from maine and dont eat fish. Lol

GabbyPA 2012-07-10 22:16:41 -0500 Report

I take Mega Red Krill oil tablets. They are small and don't repeat on me. They actually have a pleasant flavor, but you don't chew them.

Nick1962 2012-07-09 14:06:53 -0500 Report

Little trick someone told me. Keep your fish oil in the freezer and take it before bed. By the time it thaws in your system, you’re asleep and therefore not awake to “appreciate” the taste or burps. However, don’t be surprised if your partner is facing the other way come morning.

jigsaw 2012-07-09 16:44:03 -0500 Report

I don't know Nick, sounds a little fishy to me !

Nick1962 2012-07-09 18:31:42 -0500 Report

Think I'm tossing you a red herring here? That I'm full of carp? Is that it? I swear to cod it works!

jigsaw 2012-07-09 18:52:36 -0500 Report

Holy mackeral, I didn't mean to insinuate that you were floundering or groupering in the dark!!! As a matter of fact, I've never known you to tell a whale of a tale that wasn't backed with reasonable evidence. The problem here is that I don't like frozen fish. Not sure about frozen fish oil though? I guess I'll take your word for it.

Nick1962 2012-07-09 20:16:27 -0500 Report

Nice, you did better than I did, but I was trying to work in Bass, and it took me to inapropriate places. It really does work though, and I found that the brand has a lot to do with it too. I've been using NutriWest which seems to have the least effects. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that I'm wrestling with. It does lower my blood pressure, but at 15g carbs (for 2 capsules), it does kind of mess with my diet. I think I'll have to revisist that though because it is 21 g protein as well. I think I've reached a point where I need to do an overall reassessment.

jigsaw 2012-07-10 05:06:30 -0500 Report

I'm surprised the carb content is so high! What is in it that is introducing the carb content?

Nick1962 2012-07-10 08:16:02 -0500 Report

I'm not sure and it has me puzzled. What is on the bottle label is different from what I find online. Most fish oils have no carbs, so I'm wondering if they are counting them differently between mfr's. The NutriWest stuff is supposed to be the best gel cap out and it seems to be the best I've found. hate to have to give it up because it really would take the place of a whole meal for me.

Nick1962 2012-07-11 07:43:11 -0500 Report

Not that I can tell, but I've never done a dedicated test on it specifically. I'm thinking i should, because I take it at night, it might be something that contributes to alleviating the liver dump.
I'm going to talk to the distributer, because 15 carbs seems odd for fish oil.

jigsaw 2012-07-12 07:18:51 -0500 Report

I would definitely be curious to know what you find out. I have read that fish oil can and does increase bg readings in some people with diabetes. If in fact some brands have carb content that is higher then others, that would explain some of the bg reaction in some PWD.
I have never noticed a significant change in my bg when taking fish oil.

jigsaw 2012-07-08 17:24:58 -0500 Report

See DeanaGs reply!

CJ55 2012-07-08 20:15:18 -0500 Report

Ty eveyone… My Dr recommended fsh oil. Never heard of Cinnamon + chromium. I take both separtely. Biker.. Where did you find that???

jigsaw 2012-07-11 05:58:04 -0500 Report

Is it ? We're are all young, strong and healthy ! Is that an illusion ? I don't think so, at least not yet. It's all relative to ones point of view! Oh, you're welcome!

jigsaw 2012-07-08 05:52:00 -0500 Report

I have used a few brands over the years and none of them caused an after taste. Currently, I take Lovaza (pharmaceutical brand fish oil) because it's covered by my insurance. There are a few brands that say no after taste on the label. Unfortunately, I can't remember the names. Maybe someone else does.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-08 04:37:26 -0500 Report

It just may be me CJ, I don't notice an after taste…I get mine from CVS now garlic tabs will leave me with a after taste..Oh one more thing, the fish oil tabs are quite large and some may find them hard to swallow, the krill is half the size but more expensive

Controlled 2012-07-07 19:19:15 -0500 Report

Honestly, is it any wonder that someone can feel absolutely immobilized by all the information; or perhaps the lack of information, regarding this condition. I also considered flax seed oil but read that it is not as effective as fish oil for a number of reasons. Allegedly, for those who are vegetarian (vegan?), the preference for flax seed oil is obvious, notwithstanding the fact that fish oil is claimed to be better.

That's the thing with this condition. To maintain some "control" of the condition, you need to be "educated". That takes effort and frequently results in this solo relay race.

I'll look further into krill oil. Exercise reduces blood glucose. Too bad exercises in futility don't…

jigsaw 2012-07-07 19:48:25 -0500 Report

I have been using fish oil for years with good results. Amongst other benefits, it lowers my triglycerides ! It works for me, the price is right, so for now I'm sticking with it!

old biker
old biker 2012-07-07 18:21:28 -0500 Report

I tried krill oil once when I caught it on sale.Two bottles for the price of one..Is it any better who knows..It looks good on paper but so does a lot of other things..I can say this Kril oil is about 3 times more expensive then fish oil.
It is always good to include fish with high omega 3 content in your diet anyway

jigsaw 2012-07-07 19:36:31 -0500 Report

I agree that it's always good to include fish in ones diet. I usually have Cod, or wild caught Alaskan Salmon once or twice per week. Stay away from farmed Salmon if you like Salmon. Farmed Salmon as commonly sold is not very healthy since anti-biotics are used and their diet is not natural.
I'm perfectly happy to take good quality fish caps or Lovaza, and at least I'm somewhat confident that it is what it appears to be.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-07 21:22:05 -0500 Report

I love Alaskan Salmon and fresh cod

CJ55 2012-07-07 21:43:34 -0500 Report

I need to take fish oil but was told it leaves a nasty aftertaste in your mouth. I do not like fish at all. That seems funny since I grew up in Maine. Anyone know a good brand with out an after taste (burping) ??

marydiabetes 2012-07-09 21:55:05 -0500 Report

I also do not like the fish smell, I am now take a herb supplement named Gluconature for 1 month, though my blood sugar not reduce, but I feel better, if you are intereted you could load on the website to get more information

jigsaw 2012-07-08 05:42:03 -0500 Report

Some peopl get fish burps, and some don't regardless of the brand. Look for a brand that says no after taste on the label as there are a few out there.