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Frequently Asked Questions About MegaRed® Krill Oil

MegaRed FAQs

What is MegaRed?

MegaRed is a supplement brand formed under the Schiff Vitamins umbrella, dedicated to helping support heart health. Our krill are sustainably sourced and scientifically crafted to deliver a tiny, but powerful way to get your heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, because we care about your heart as much as you do.

What is krill?

Krill are small crustaceans found within the world’s oceans. Krill are near the bottom of the world’s food chain, seen as food by many of the globe’s marine creatures. Krill are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, meaning they are manufactured into supplements for human consumption.

What are the krill oil side effects?

Overall, krill oil should be used as per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Side effects from krill oil are very rare but are generally the same as fish oil. Side effects include stomach discomfort, decreased appetite, taste change, heartburn, bloating and gas. People with seafood allergies and women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a doctor before taking a krill oil supplement.[1]

Where is MegaRed krill oil from?

While krill inhabit many of the world’s seas and oceans, MegaRed krill oil is sustainably sourced according to the Marine Stewardship Council’s standards for sustainability, from the purest waters on Earth. All MegaRed krill oil is from the Antarctic Ocean.

What makes MegaRed krill oil better than fish oil?

While both contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, MegaRed krill oil is carried in phospholipid form, so it’s easily absorbed by your body resulting in no fishy aftertaste. One small MegaRed softgel contains astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant naturally found in salmon and other seafood. For those who don’t like fish or seafood, MegaRed is a good alternative. Speak to your doctor to see if they think an omega-3 fatty acid supplement could be beneficial for you.

What are the krill oil benefits?

General krill oil benefits include a higher omega-3 Index, which can help support heart health. Clinical studies have shown taking MegaRed Krill Oil once daily can significantly increase your omega-3 index in just 30 days. Omega-3 fatty acid benefits also include supporting brain health, eye health and healthy joints.*

What is the krill oil dosage?

The MegaRed krill oil dosage is one tablet a day and can be taken at any time during your day, with or without food, though taking it at the same time every day may help you remember when to take them. If you find supplements particularly difficult to swallow, then a glass of water should help. Thankfully, MegaRed softgels are smaller than the average fish oil pill and have no fishy aftertaste.

Do krill oil capsules smell?

Unlike traditional fish oil, krill oil leaves no fishy aftertaste, meaning they can be a discreet way to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Speak to your doctor to see if they feel an omega-3 supplement would be suitable for your lifestyle.

What are omega-3s?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a naturally occurring fat that the human body is unable to produce. Omega-3s can help support heart health, eyes, joints and brain health. For more information on omega-3s, be sure to check out our Health & Wellness Blog.

What types of omega-3s are there?

There are three different types of omega-3 fatty acids. These are ALA, EPA and DHA. ALA is commonly found in plant oils with EPA and DHA being mainly found in marine oils. The three acronyms for omega-3s can be expanded to the below:

  • ALA - alpha-linolenic acid
  • EPA - eicosapentaenoic acid
  • DHA - docosahexaenoic acid

What amount of omega-3s do I need?

The amount of omega-3s needed depends on the age and sex of the person in question. Because the body is unable to produce them itself, an omega-3 supplement is one of way to help increase your omega-3 intake. Speak to your healthcare provider to determine the amount of omega-3 fatty acids you may need in your diet.

How do I know if I’m not getting enough omega-3s?

Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Effects could be rough skin and in rare cases, a red and itchy rash.[2] Speak to your doctor if you feel like you could be getting more Omega-3s, whether from food or a supplement like MegaRed.



[1] “Krill Oil: Uses, Sides Effects, Interactions, Dosage and Warning” WebMD, Undated

[2] “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” National Institutes of Health, June 6 2018

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