Effect of Hilsa (Tenua/asailisha) Fish in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects

Tenualasa ilisha is a popular, tasty fish found in the rivers of Bangladesh round the year. The fish is rich in oil which provides mainly 16:0 and 18:1 fatty acids but also a little of w-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (w-3PUFAs).The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of eating hilsa fish in hypercholesterolemic subjects. The fish was indeed found to have hypocholesterolemic effect in subjects who had hypercholesterolemia. After 10 months of eating 100g hilsa fish per day, serum total cholesterol level fell from 285.1 to 244.6mg ldl (14.2%decrease) in the hypercholesterolemic subjects. But the difference was not statistically significant (p<0.05).The fall in total cholesterol was exclusively due to fall…

 

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