It is widely studied that omega-3 fatty acids can improve our cardiovascular health. Camelina oil is a rich source of ω-3 α-linolenic acid (ALA). However, a recent RCT showed that an ALA supplement with camelina oil did not improve vascular function but adversely affected glucose metabolism in hypertensive patients with metabolic syndrome. Share your thoughts and experiences!
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Hi Xunhan, this was a really interesting read, as I hadn't heard about camelina oil before. In contrast to the present study, a Finnish study in 2018 found that camelina oil supplementation for 12 weeks had no significant differences in glucose metabolism or low-grade inflammation between groups. I did a little bit of further reading and found that a few studies have shown a beneficial effect of camelina oil on blood lipids. One study reported that serum LDL cholesterol concentration decreased significantly by 12.2% after a 6-week intervention period. Another, more recent study also found a significant reduction in LDL in postmenopausal women with dyslipidaemia. In general, more large, randomised, controlled clinical trials are needed before camelina oil supplementation is recommended for CVD prevention.