Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Sport Science


Exercise and Sport Science

Committee Chair

Richard J Bloomer

Committee Member

Lawrence W Weiss

Committee Member

Corinna A Ethington


Aims: The purposes of this investigation were 1): to replicate or improve upon the findings of the initial study of the Daniel Fast, while 2) maintaining or improving high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) via krill oil supplementation.Methods: 39 subjects (12 men and 27 women) completed a 21-day Daniel Fast. During the fasting period, 19 subjects were randomly assigned to consume krill oil (2 grams per day in capsules), while the other 20 subjects consumed placebo capsules. Blood samples were collected immediately prior to and following the fast and assayed for blood lipids and malondialdehyde.Results: Krill oil supplementation had no effect on blood lipids or malondialdehyde (p > 0.05). Total cholesterol, HDL-C, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol each decreased significantly from pre to post fast (p < 0.05).Conclusion: Although the findings of the initial Daniel Fast study were largely replicated, krill oil supplementation does not further improve the blood lipid profile or result in a decrease in malondialdehyde.Key Words: Daniel Fast, blood lipids, cholesterol, oxidative stress, malondialdehyde.


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