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Is there a danger of overdose with krill oil?

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As of 2015, researchers and medical professionals have not established a treatment regime that includes krill oil, so there is no standard dose or overdosing standards, notes WebMD. A person who wishes to include krill oil in their diet should consult a physician for a recommended product and dosing structure.

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Krill oil is made from tiny crustaceans, known as krill, that live in cold water oceans, notes WebMD. The oil produced from the krill is high in docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids, which are the same omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Research on krill oil is still in the primary stages, but early reports suggest that krill oil may be easier to absorb than traditional fish oil. One study showed that krill oil exceeded the results of fish oil in the treatment of blood glucose levels, triglycerides and high cholesterol.

Omega-3 fatty acid cannot be produced by the human body, yet the nutrient is essential to normal development and growth, and a deficiency is a contributing factor in many diseases, notes WebMD. Since the body cannot produce the nutrient, it must be part of a person’s diet or be provided via supplementation. Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, tofu, and flaxseed and canola oils.

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