Background: Use of microencapsulated HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) might be extremely helpful in the prevention of their side effects.
Methods: 24 volunteers with hypercholesterolemia were given once daily 20 mg of lycosome-formulated Simvastatin fused with 7 mg lycopene (Lyco-Simvastatin) or the same amount of unmodified Simvastatin with no lycopene. Control patients received 7 mg of lycopene alone. Plasma lipids and oxidative markers were measured after 4 weeks of treatment.
Results: Both formulations of Simvastatin, but not lycopene, caused a reduction in serum total cholesterol and LDL at the intermediate (end of 2nd week) and final (end of 4th week) points of interventional period. Notably, reduction of total cholesterol and LDL in the 4th week of the trial was more profound in patients treated with Lyco-Simvastatin versus unmodified Simvastatin (P
Simvastatin, Lycopene, Hypercholesterolemia, Oxidative stress