Researchers from the University of Naples, Italy, aimed to evaluate the effects of specific dietary supplements on risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including elevated lipid and glucose levels. The study involved slightly overweight young adults aged between 20 and 27 years with elevated cholesterol levels and normal glucose metabolism. The participants received either a diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, beta-glucans, phytosterols, and vitamin E or a diet without the mentioned substances (placebo). Blood glucose levels were evaluated after fasting and after a meal enriched with beta-glucans. Blood lipids were significantly reduced after administration of the mentioned nutrients, and glucose levels were improved. This study showed an effective approach to prevent cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders, like diabetes, in people at high risk. More details can be found in the study.
Langella C. et al.