New research on DHA supplements has led to increased interest in natural treatment options and preventative health. Researchers have found that DHA, an essential omega 3 fatty acid, has been linked to many different types of benefits.
Studies on the use of fish oil and krill oil, because of the high concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids have shown very positive results. People that eat a diet high in cold water fish, particularly in parts of Scandinavia and throughout the Pacific Rim area have lower rates of many common Western health conditions.
Since Western diets don't include a lot of cold water fish supplements that are high in DHA and EPA as well as omega 6 fatty acids can be added to the diet. Traditionally fish oil has been used as a supplement but new research suggests that krill oil is actually a better source without some of the common problems.
Many people have a variety of side effects from taking traditional fish oils. The most common complaint is a nasty fish aftertaste. Other people may also find they experience bloating or nausea even when staying within the recommended dosage. The best way to avoid these is to switch from fish oil to krill oil, which is typically has no side effects at all and is provided in a much smaller dosage amount.
Krill oil supplements, particularly the very high quality brands, do not have that fishy aftertaste that is so typical of fish oil supplements. The capsule is very small, often two thirds the size of a standard liquid pain killer capsule. It is tasteless and odorless and can be taken at any time of the day with or without a meal.
As with any supplement it is important to take the capsule with a large glass of cold water or another beverage. Since the beneficial compounds in krill oil are in a highly absorbable form for the human body the dosage is much less than fish oil.
Fish oil can also cause some much more significant side effects for some people. Anyone that has a problem with bleeding or bruising, takes a blood thinner or an anti-coagulant needs to be very cautious when taking fish oil. It is essential to talk to your doctor before using any fish oil supplement under these conditions.
Diabetics should likewise avoid fish oil supplements unless under advice from their physician. Individuals with seafood or fish allergies or soy allergies should also avoid taking the supplement.
Krill oil supplements, on the other hand, have not been shown to have any major counterindications for use. If you are using any other medications or have a seafood allergy check in with your doctor before using. In most cases krill oil supplements will be considered very safe for use.
The typical dosage amount for those taking DHA supplements in the form of krill oil capsules is one a day. There are some variations in the concentration of the omega 3s, astaxanthin and phospholipids in the capsules. Typically the 300 mg per day of Omega 3s is considered beneficial for an otherwise healthy adult.