Seafood Allergy

Can I take krill oil supplements if I am allergic to shellfish?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    If you have a shellfish allergy, steer clear of krill oil supplements until you speak with your health-care provider. This omega-3 source is made from small, shrimp-like fish, so it's possible you could have an allergic reaction to it.

    A shellfish allergy shouldn't prevent you from taking fish oil, but if you're allergic to all seafood, look for vegetarian sources of omega-3s, such as supplements made from algae or flaxseed oil.
  • AJoseph Mercola, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    If you are allergic to shellfish, have a blood coagulation disorder, or are taking anticoagulants such as Warfarin (Coumadin), it is not recommended to use Krill Oil. A high-quality fish oil would be a recommended replacement. Always consult your health care practitioner before starting a new supplement.
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