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Abstract Title:

Effects of 3-Month Astaxanthin Supplementation on Cardiac Function in Heart Failure Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction-A Pilot Study.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2020 Jun 26 ;12(6). Epub 2020 Jun 26. PMID: 32604721

Abstract Author(s):

Takao Kato, Takatoshi Kasai, Akihiro Sato, Sayaki Ishiwata, Shoichiro Yatsu, Hiroki Matsumoto, Jun Shitara, Azusa Murata, Megumi Shimizu, Shoko Suda, Masaru Hiki, Ryo Naito, Hiroyuki Daida

Article Affiliation:

Takao Kato


Astaxanthin has strong antioxidant properties. We conducted a prospective pilot study on heart failure (HF) patients with left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction to investigate improvements in cardiac function and exercise tolerance in relation to suppression of oxidative stress by 3-month astaxanthin supplementation. Oxidative stress markers-serum Diacron reactive oxygen metabolite (dROM), biological antioxidant potential (BAP), and urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) concentrations, LV ejection fraction (LVEF), and 6-min walk distance (6MWD) were assessed before and after 3-month astaxanthin supplementation. Finally, the data of 16 HF patients were analyzed. Following 3-month astaxanthin supplementation, dROM level decreased from 385.6± 82.6 U.CARR to 346.5 ± 56.9 U.CARR (= 0.041) despite no changes in BAP and urinary 8-OHdG levels. LVEF increased from 34.1± 8.6% to 38.0 ± 10.0% (= 0.031) and 6MWD increased from 393.4± 95.9 m to 432.8 ± 93.3 m (= 0.023). Significant relationships were observed between percent changes in dROM level and those in LVEF. In this study, following 3-month astaxanthin supplementation, suppressed oxidative stress and improved cardiac contractility and exercise tolerance were observed in HF patients with LV systolic dysfunction. Correlation between suppression of oxidative stress and improvement of cardiac contractility suggests that suppression of oxidative stress by astaxanthin supplementation had therapeutic potential to improve cardiac functioning.

Study Type : Human Study

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