A Canada-based company announced the recent results of a clinical trial which reports that a daily dose of Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) can lower bad cholesterol levels by an average 34 per cent and boost good cholesterol by an average 44 percent.
When the Neptune Krill Oil supplement was combined with low-dose statin drugs, the effects were reported to be even greater.
Epidemiological studies have shown that there is an increased risk of coronary heart disease for persons who suffer either high LDL cholesterol, or low HDL cholesterol, or both. More than 107 million Americans suffer high LDL cholesterol alone. According to the American Heart Association, over 70 million people, or 34.2 percent of Americans, suffered from some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2002. The direct medical costs of CVD from the combination of hospital, doctors, home care, and medication exceeds $258 billion, with an additional $145 billion cost from lost productivity.
In a double-blind, randomized clinical trial, patients took either Neptune Krill Oil (NKO), Fish Oil or a placebo supplement. In addition, each of the groups received either 10 mg of statin drugs per day or a placebo drug, creating a total of six test groups.
After a 90-day period, the researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal found that Neptune Krill Oil, taken at 1 to 1.5 grams per day, lowered LDL-cholesterol by an average of 34 percent, and increased HDL cholesterol levels by an average of 43.5 percent.
The Fish Oil supplements alone produced an average decrease in LDL levels of just 4.6 percent, and average increases in HDL levels of just 4.2 percent.
Patients receiving the placebo supplement experienced increases of 13 percent in LDL levels and four percent decreases in HDL levels.
The Statin drugs alone (taken with the placebo supplements) were associated with reduced LDL levels of 29 percent, and increased HDL levels of 13 percent, showing that the Neptune Krill Oil supplement outperformed the most commonly prescribed cholesterol medications, although the dosage level was low.
When the statin drugs and Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) supplement were combined, the effects were greater than for the supplement alone, producing average LDL decreases of 37 percent and average HDL increases of 51 percent.
This level of change to cholesterol levels is significantly higher than the results attributed to statin drugs in the medical and clinical literature.
Krill Oil contains the phospholipids DHA and EPA, which are the building blocks for apolipoprotein A1 (Apo-A1) which is used by the body to produce HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol then helps to remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream.
Neptune Krill Oil is obtained from a family of sea crustacean. It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids and antioxidants. Omega-3 oils such as EPA and DHA are also found in Fish Oil supplements.