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VAP Test Demonstrates Value of Fish Oil in Reducing Heart Risk for Super Bowl Champs
Date:2/19/2009

Advanced cholesterol test helps usher in new era of specialized test for cardiac risk assessment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For the Pittsburgh Steelers, adding a heart-healthy supplement to their diet may have given them the boost to win Super Bowl XLIII. That's according to a clinical study proving that fish oils dramatically improve cholesterol levels in professional football players. Findings were published January in the inaugural issue of Sports Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach.

The two-year study titled Evaluation of Lipid Profiles and the Use of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid in Professional Football Players evaluated 36 professional NFL football players, ages 23 to 41, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Researchers assessed emerging cardiovascular risk factors, as found in the specialized VAP(R) Cholesterol Test, to determine whether omega-3 EFAs (essential fatty acids) found in fish oil can reduce these factors.

During a two month period of the regular 2006-2007 football season, each participant in the treatment group was given 2,560 mg/day of mixed EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the form of fish oil soft gels.

Results showed that the omega-3 oil raised the athletes' high-density lipoproteins (HDL--good cholesterol) and lowered triglycerides and other atherogenic subfractions. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These results suggest a strong benefit for lessening heart disease risk factors in football players and possibly other athletes throughout their active years, study authors said.

Measurement of emerging clinical and lipid risk factors in the study was done with the VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) Cholesterol Test from Atherotech, Inc. Such detailed cholesterol profiling has the ability to more accurately identify parents' true risk of heart disease, allowin
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