Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Certain Fats Can Lower Cholesterol

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Certain Fats Can Lower Cholesterol

Article excerpt

A Penn State study has shown that a diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) from walnuts, walnut oil, and flaxseed oil not only lowered "bad" cholesterol (LDL-C) but also decreased markers for blood vessel inflammation in men and women representative of typical Americans at cardiovascular risk.

Although previous studies have shown that walnut supplementation favorably affects cholesterol and other lipids that are signs of cardiovascular risk, this new study is the first to demonstrate that a diet high in walnuts decreases C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation strongly associated with heart disease.

The study included 20 overweight men and three women whose average age was 50 years. They had moderately elevated cholesterol (225 mg./dl.), LDL-C levels of 154 mg./dl., a "good" cholesterol level (HDL-C) of 45 mg./dl., and a triglyceride value of 137 mg./dl.

Three experimental diets provided about 35 percent of total calories as fat.

One diet approximated the average American diet.

Another regimen, the linoleic acid (LA) diet, included an ounce of walnuts and a tablespoon of walnut oil that provided about 12. …

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