Omega-3 Dairy Product Improves Heart Health Factors in Forty-Week Trial

October 7, 2010

Dairy products enriched with omega-3s may improve cardiovascular biomarkers, according to new research.

Dairy products enriched with omega-3s may improve cardiovascular biomarkers, according to research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial, researchers at Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany assigned 51 patients to a dairy product with 3 g of omega-3s or a control dairy product, daily. Patients were assigned to each treatment for 15 weeks with a washout period of 10 weeks observed between each treatment.

Using blood and urine samples taken at the beginning and end of each treatment, researchers identified several improvements in cardiovascular biomarkers from omega-3 supplementation. Improvement in total cholesterol and a higher ratio of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) were noted from omega-3 treatment.

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