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Up In My Krill

March 12, 2012 Fun No Comments

What do you know about krill? I learned about krill in high school biology (does that sound right?) and haven’t given it much thought since then. I remember it being a sort of tiny animal-type swimmy thing that whales eat, obviously falling very low on the food chain.


Krill came back into my vocabulary when Argus was diagnosed with cancer last year. Greg did all kinds of research on how to slow the cancer’s growth, and many recommendations were made to feed him krill oil. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Greg bought it in droves and supplemented his own diet with it, as well as the dog’s. It obviously didn’t stop the cancer, but it didn’t hurt him either… It did keep his coat nice and soft, even through all the chemo treatments! Greg’s too!

At the end of 2011, I was approached by Viva Labs to try their krill oil and blog about it. I agreed, based on two product claims:

Supports Joint Health
Relieves PMS Symptoms

Let’s just say that Greg would be willing to sneak anything into my food for some relief from the premenstrual moodiness… And my joints aren’t getting any younger, especially considering my training requirements. But wait! There’s more! Recent clinical studies have shown krill oil to:

Reduce your risk of a cardiovascular event (such as heart attack) by up to 45%
Vanquish artery-clogging LDL (bad) cholesterol by up to 55%
Reduce harmful triglycerides by up to 27%
Slash heart-damaging inflammation by as much as 29%
Raise HDL (good) cholesterol by 43.92%
Soothe the pain and discomfort of stiff joints by up to 29%
Boost your memory and mental focus by as much as 48%
Reduce facial wrinkles by up to 51%
Increase your energy by over 50%
Decrease the physical and emotional effects of PMS by up to 47%

I’ve been looking for a magic pill like this since I turned 30. And now they’re giving it to me for free!*

Magic Beans?
Well, it admittedly required some diligence on my part to remember to take it at all. I don’t have a routine that includes pill-taking in the morning or evening, so a 2-a-day regimen took some getting used to. Once that became a habit, I really started paying attention to how I felt. I didn’t take any measurements of my blood pressure or cholesterol levels, and I guess I should have. I’m not at risk for heart disease, so that wasn’t my main motivation for taking it… See above: aging joints and bitchiness.

My Ironman training began in earnest about the same time I started taking the krill oil. We’re 2+ months into it now, and the workouts have increased in length and intensity. It’s around this time that things usually start to fall off for me… Not this year! My workouts feel good, my body isn’t revolting, and I have often been surprised at how well a hard workout has gone. Of course, I can’t necessarily attribute all of it to the krill oil, but I’ll admit I feel just like a whale when I’m swimming! (wait, is that PMS??)

Seriously, though, let’s talk about the PMS stuff. Shall we, GUYS? My cycle is still a little screwy, despite being on low-dose hormones via IUD (I don’t ever menstruate and my symptoms come irregularly, more than once a month). Before taking the krill oil, I could tell almost instantly when my hormones were fluctuating. I’d get really impatient with things too quickly; I would be super tired for no real reason; I would be weepy at bad television. After a couple of weeks on the magic pills, the symptoms were much less pronounced. Like, it would take me a few days to go, “Hmmm, I don’t quite feel like myself because I’m craving junk food all the time and have gone to bed at 9:30 every night…” So I assumed the krill oil was helping. Just to test things, I stopped taking the pills for about 10 days when the first bottle ran out and I could absolutely tell the difference in the magnitude of the symptoms. Hooray for magic beans!

The best part of all is that the pills are a regular sized capsule, not a horse pill.  They do not taste fishy going down, nor am I burping up fish breath all day. Win!

Bottom line: I believe the krill oil is making a difference for me and I’m going to stock up and keep taking it. You should check out Viva Labs’ website to see if it’s right for you. Greg is convinced that this is a better product than what he was buying from a competitor, so he’s sold on them as well.

Give it a try for 30 days and see how you feel!

* FTC Disclaimer: I received a two-month supply of krill oil from Viva Labs (formerly Everest Nutrition) in exchange for my review. 


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