Mussel Oil Effective for Atherosclerosis Prevention: Study

London: In a study recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition, researchers compared the effectiveness of mussel oil (MO) and fish oil (FO) in preventing atherosclerosis in mice lacking a certain gene name apolipoprotein E gene (ApoE−/−).

Over 12 weeks, MO supplementation proved significantly more effective in preventing plaque buildup in the aorta compared to FO. MO-supplemented mice exhibited smooth muscle cell (SMC) content.

Atherosclerosis, the buildup of fats and cholesterol in artery walls, significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Previous research focused on n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from FOs, but MO, a lesser-known source, has shown promising results.

MO supplementation reduced atherosclerotic plaque and SMC content significantly compared to FO. The study sheds light on a potentially more effective and sustainable intervention for atherosclerosis.

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