Boston, MA (PressExposure) March 22, 2012 -- The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on an interesting new clinical trial that reveals some heart health benefits of some common oils.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-best-oils-for-a-healthy-heart), the study investigated the effect of consumption of fatty acids and selected nutrients, along with regular physical activity, on cardiovascular risk factors in rats.
The rats were divided into seven groups. Group 1: regular food and drinking water; Group 2: same as Group 1 + physical activity; Group 3: same as Group 2 + calcium, vitamin D, and boron; Group 4: same as Group 3 + canola oil; Group 5: same as Group 3 + sunflower oil; Group 6: same as Group 3 + a mix of sunflower oil and canola oil; and Group 7: same as Group 3 + coconut oil.
The rats were treated for eight weeks, after which the researchers performed some tests.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article revealed the following results:
- Group 5 consumed less food
- In Groups 6 and 7, plasma levels of cholesterol and LDL cholesterol increased significantly
- Analysis of data among Group 4 to 7 (the oil-consuming groups) and Group 3 revealed significant differences in cholesterol, triglycerides, and C- reactive protein
- Levels of testosterone and free testosterone in Group 7 increased
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reports that the researchers say their findings show that canola oil and sunflower oil, separately, showed beneficial impacts on heart disease risk factors; whereas their combination had negative impacts on lipid profile. Coconut oil seemed to provide health benefits in terms of cardiovascular protection.
(SOURCE: Naghi, et al., "Effect of combination therapy of fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D and boron with regular physical activity on cardiovascular risk factors in rat," J. Oleo. Sci., 2012; 61(2): 103-11.)
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