Study shows krill oil reduces fat levels in blood

Study shows krill oil reduces fat levels in blood

Researchers have shown that feeding mice a high-fat diet with krill oil for six weeks changes lipid metabolism and substantially lowers plasma lipid and cholesterol levels.

Aker BioMarine announces a publication in the European Journal of Nutrition of a new study on krill oil and fish oil and their effects on the disturbed lipid metabolism in a mouse model of chronic inflammation. Researchers from University of Bergen, Norway have shown that feeding mice a high-fat diet with krill oil for six weeks is enough to change the lipid metabolism and substantially lower plasma lipid and cholesterol levels. They suggest that krill oil lowers lipid levels by increasing degradation of fatty acids.

Lena Burri, director of scientific writing at Aker BioMarine: "The results reported in this study are in line with previous publications and it is interesting to note that krill oil is also able to reduce plasma lipid levels in a model of chronic low-grade inflammation in combination with a high fat diet."

The findings of this study confirm that fish oil and krill oil are comparable dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Further, this study demonstrates that when quantitatively similar doses are administered, krill oil shows a greater potential to promote lipid degradation.

Matts Johansen, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Aker BioMarine, confirms that obesity-related disorders will be a focus also in clinical studies and expects further publications in the near future.

 

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