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Research Article Volume 8 Issue 6

An Up-to-date Marker of Heart Health - The Omega-3 Index!

Dr. Anusha Sunder1* and Gomathy Shivaji2

1Doctorate in Lifescience/Human Nutrition, Accredited Certification in Nutrigenetics, Lead Scientist and Nutrigenetic Expert, Xcode Life Sciences, Pvt. Ltd. Chennai, India
2Head of the Department (Retd.), Department of Human Science, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

*Corresponding Author: Dr. Anusha Sunder, Doctorate in Lifescience/Human Nutrition, Accredited Certification in Nutrigenetics, Lead Scientist and Nutrigenetic Expert, Xcode Life Sciences, Pvt. Ltd. Chennai, India.

Received: May 06, 2024; Published: May 22, 2024


Circulating levels of omega-3 PUFA and their erythrocyte membrane levels (omega-3 index) inversely associate with cardiovascular events. As flaxseed oil and fish oil have complementary cardioprotective benefits, the combined effect of a daily supplementation of ALA (868.98 mg), EPA (358.2 mg) and DHA (238.4 mg) was studied in pre-obese, mild hypercholesterolemic women using a pre-test, post-test research design. 30 premenopausal and 30 postmenopausal subjects (equally assigned to control and test groups) underwent two week baseline, 60 days study/supplementation and two week withdrawal (test group alone) periods. The combined supplementation was significantly hypocholesterolemic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory and obesity-lowering alongside improving omega-3 index.

 Keywords: PUFA (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids); ALA (Alpha-linolenic Acid); EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid); DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid); Mild Hypercholesterolemia (Total Cholesterol-200 to 239 mg/dL); Omega-3 Index (Sum of EPA and DHA in the Erythrocyte Membrane, Expressed in Percentage); LDL-C (Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol); VLDL-C (Very Low Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol); HDL-C (High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol)


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Citation: Dr. Anusha Sunder and Gomathy Shivaji. “An Up-to-date Marker of Heart Health - The Omega-3 Index!”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 8.6 (2024): 79-84.


Copyright: © 2024 Dr. Anusha Sunder and Gomathy Shivaji. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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