mixture of B vitamins, fish oils and plant sterol shows promise in
boosting heart health by improving the lipid profile o young people with
high levels of cholesterol, according to new research.
The pilot study investigated the effects of a combination of plant sterols, fish oil and B vitamins on the levels of four independent risk factos for cardiovascular disease (CVD); LDL-cholesterol, triacylglycerols, C-reactive protein and homocysteine. The team behind the study found that the emulsified combination of B vitamins, plant sterols, and fish oil improved the lipid of children and adolescents with high levels of cholesterol.
The team recruited 25 participants, who were given the mixture once per day daily for a period of 16 weeks. The emulsified preparation comprised of plant sterols esters (1300 mg), fish oil (providing 1000 mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)) and vitamins B12 (50 mug), B6 (2.5 mg), folic acid (800 mug) and coenzyme Q10 (3mg)
The research team found serum total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, VLDL-cholesterol, subfractions LDL-2, IDL-1, IDL-2 and plasma homocysteine levels were all significantly reduced at the end of the intervention period. Triacylglycerols levels were reported to decrease by 17.6%. «Daily intake of a combination of plant sterols, fish oil and B vitamins may modulate the lipid profile of hypercholesterolemic children and adolescents.»