Nutrients improve lipids, blood pressure and sugar, and increase chances of survival from heart conditions
Chlorella, lipids, and blood profiles
Doctors in this study reviewed 19 placebo-controlled trials of chlorella covering male and female adults of varying health status. The studies varied in dosage and length, with doctors finding studies lasting eight weeks or more, using doses of chlorella higher than 4 grams per day, having the most significant benefits.
On average overall, those taking chlorella saw decreases in total cholesterol of 9.09 mg per deciliter of blood (mg/dL); LDL cholesterol lower by 8.32 mg/dL; fasting blood sugar levels decrease by 4.23 mg/dL; systolic blood pressure down by 4.51 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure decrease by 1.64 mmHg.
Commenting on the findings, doctors said chlorella was more effective in unhealthy subjects than in healthy ones for improving blood pressure and total cholesterol.
Omega-3s reduce CHD
Doctors in this long-term study tracked the vitamins and supplements in 22,035 men and women, aged 39 to 79, and followed up for 22 years. Overall, compared to those who did not take any supplements, those who took omega-3 supplements were 26 percent less likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD).
Doctors also measured those whose only supplement was omega-3, and found they were 17 percent less likely to die from CHD compared to those who took no supplements at all.
In a final finding, chances of surviving CHD were greater in those who consistently took omega-3, and in those who began taking omega-3 during the study period, but the survival benefit disappeared in those who stopped taking omega-3.
Reference: Clinical Nutrition Journal; 2017, 5614 –31351-1, Published Online
Natural Insights for Well Being March 2018
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