Single blind, multicentre, randomized, controlled trial testing the effects of a novel nutraceutical compound on plasma lipid and cardiovascular risk factors: Results of the interim analysis

Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Oct;27(10):850-857. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2017.08.003. Epub 2017 Aug 14.


Background and aims: The clustering of high levels of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and other risk factors represents a predisposing condition for atherosclerotic disease development. Cardiovascular prevention is based on effective control of these conditions. In adult subjects with mild hypercholesterolemia we compared in the real life the effects of a new combination of nutraceuticals on lipid and glucose metabolism and blood pressure with those of an established nutraceutical combination.

Method and results: This multicenter, controlled, randomized, single-blind trial was designed to compare the effect of Armolipid Plus® versus that of LopiGLIK® on lipid and glucose levels and blood pressure (BP) in subjects with mild hypercholesterolemia not on statin therapy. Primary outcome was the proportion of subjects achieving therapeutic targets of LDL-C (<130 mg/dl); secondary outcomes were the effects on HDL-C, glycated haemoglobin and insulin levels. Data from an overall sample of 359 adult individuals (age 55.2 ± 11.1 years, women 57.7%, LDL-C 157.3 ± 22.6 mg/dl, HDL-C 50.7 ± 13.0 mg/dl) are reported. 72% of subjects treated with LopiGLIK® and 43% treated with Armolipid Plus® achieved the primary endpoint (p < 0.0001). Both treatments reduced plasma levels of total and LDL-C and triglycerides (p < 0.001 for all comparisons). The treatments also reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure, plasma levels of glycated haemoglobin, insulin and HOMA index. The changes induced by LopiGLIK® in all these metabolic parameters were greater than those obtained with Armolipid Plus®.

Conclusions: The present analysis shows that LopiGLIK® may represent a more effective tool for clinical management of CV risk factors in subjects with mild hypercholesterolemia.

Keywords: Armolipid Plus(®); Cardiovascular prevention; Hypercholesterolemia; LopiGLIK(®); Nutraceuticals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood*
  • Dietary Supplements* / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / blood
  • Hypercholesterolemia / complications
  • Hypercholesterolemia / diagnosis
  • Hypercholesterolemia / drug therapy*
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / adverse effects
  • Hypolipidemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Insulin / blood
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morus* / chemistry
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Risk Factors
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Biomarkers
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hypolipidemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Plant Extracts
  • hemoglobin A1c protein, human