Alpha-linolenic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid, which presents in flaxseed, walnuts, soy, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. The Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) presents commonly in fish oil, krill oil, and eggs when the chickens are fed EPA. Furthermore, docosahexaenoic acid is also an omega-3 fatty acid that is a component of the human brain, skin, and eyes. A large number of the world population are not taking enough weekly needs of Omega 3, which may lead to harmful complications of the excess cholesterol and triglycerides.
The current Study aimedto assess the significant effect of a high dose of omega3 intake for two months on serum triglyceride in primary hypercholesteremic Libyan patients.
IBM SPSS statistical package 20 was used to analyze the effect of omega3 after one month and three months.
The means were compared by paired t-test for the significant effect.P-value < 0.5% is considered statistically significant.
Libyan patients who have primary hyperlipidemia were recruited in the Medical Department of Tripoli Central Hospital. They were consented to have the omega 3 of 1082 mg twice daily and followed for 2 months. Forty-two patients were included, (22 males and 20 females); the age range was between 20-50 years, with a normal body mass index (<27Kg/M2). All other possible risk factors such as diabetes and hypothyroidism were excluded. Their serum triglyceride levels were collected weekly for two months.
After the data collection and analysis, there was a noticeable reduction in serum triglyceride level after one month of following. By the end of the 2nd month, in > 85% of the patients, there was a statisticallysignificant reduction (p<00001) of serum Triglycerides’ concentration.
The regular high daily doses of fish oil omega3 havea significant reduction effect on serum triglyceride levels.