Effects of Maxepa on serum lipids in hypercholesterolaemic subjects.Atherosclerosis 1989; 80(2):119-24A
The effect of dietary supplementation with 20 capsules/day Maxepa or olive oil on serum lipids has been studied in 21 hypercholesterolaemic patients using a double-blind crossover design. Platelet membrane eicosapentaenoic acid percentage rose by more than 10-fold after 2 months dietary supplementation with Maxepa. Total serum cholesterol was unchanged and there was a rise in LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol concentration in men, but no change in LDL-cholesterol, and a fall in HDL-cholesterol in women. In men and women there was a marked fall in total serum triglyceride, VLDL-triglyceride and VLDL-cholesterol levels. Thus, Maxepa is not an effective treatment for isolated hypercholesterolaemia.