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Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol
A new study indicates that individuals who have received unhealthy cholesterol test results may benefit from an extract of algae. The substance has been shown to boost HDL cholesterol levels.
The findings could be significant. While a number of medications are known to lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels, few have been shown to effectively boost the beneficial HDL cholesterol. Elevated levels of this substance have been connected to a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
In the study, researchers from Wayne State University showed that an algae extract product known as ProAlgaZyme boosted HDL levels in hamsters bred to exhibit unhealthy cholesterol levels.
The team said the findings still need to be proven in humans, but the fact that the product effectively boosted HDL cholesterol could be a major development. If clinical trials yield the same results, it could be a significant advance in the treatment of heart disease.
"This is a step in the right direction, since increased HDL is considered an important therapeutic target for improvement of the lipid profile and thus reduction of the risk for cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Smiti Gupta.
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