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Krill for Heart: Krill oil lowers high lipid levels

Krill oil lowers high lipid levels

  • Large trial validates omega-3 heart benefit

This North American study included 520 men and women whose triglycerides were between 500 and 1,500 mg per deciliter of blood, considered very high levels. More than half of participants had diabetes, and more than half were taking statin drugs to control cholesterol levels. Participants took a placebo or 4,000 mg of krill oil including 1,240 mg of the omega-3s EPA/DHA, per day.

After 12 weeks, triglyceride levels had decreased by 26 percent for those in the omega-3 group compared to 15.1 percent for those taking the placebo. By 26 weeks, those taking krill oil saw triglyceride levels decline by 33.5 percent compared to 20.8 percent for placebo.

The study took place in 93 Canadian, U.S., and Mexican centers, with about half of participants being of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Doctors said the improvements in triglycerides did not depend on age, sex, race, ethnicity, or country of origin.

Reference: Jama Network Open; 2022, VOL. 5, NO. 1, E2141898

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