Algae Extract improves HDL “Good” Cholesterol

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(Best Syndication News) - Dietary supplementation of an algae extract called ProAlgaZyme boosted high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels in a hamster study.

The research study was conducted by Smiti Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of nutrition and food science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. Health Enhancement Products of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan funded the study.

Gupta explained that current medications are used to reduce the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Her study was to determine if algae extract could increase the “good” HDL cholesterol.

The researchers gave ProAlgaZyme to the drinking fluid of hamsters that had high cholesterol or Hypercholesterolemia over four weeks. The results showed that the animals increased their HDL. The hamsters improved their ratio of total to HDL cholesterol.

More research will need to be conducted on the algae extract to see if the same cholesterol improvements will occur in humans. Even before it is tested on humans, the product would need to be studied for long-term toxicity and possible side effects on animals first.

By: Marsha Quinn

Health Reporter

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