The Portfolio Diet: Lower Cholesterol Without Statin Drugs?
Posted Sep 28 2008 11:51am
Find out whether the Portfolio Diet can help you lower cholesterol naturally through diet … without Statin drugs.
Could dramatically lowering your cholesterol simply be a matter of eating the right combination of foods?
Dr. David J.A. Jenkins thinks so. And if his research is right, it might actually be possible to cut cholesterol significantly just by eating the right foods, in the right combinations.
Jenkins, a nutrition and metabolism expert at the University of Toronto and the “Father” of the gylycemic index, calls it the “The Portfolio Diet” and the concept is actually quite straightforward: By combining a variety of foods that have been shown to lower cholesterol on their own, it may be possible to lower serum cholesterol naturally without resorting to prescription statin drugs.
Besides having profound public health consequences, this approach to eating and cholesterol control also promises to lower the cost of treating high cholesterol, potentially saving millions in prescription drug costs and health issues that arise from the side-effects of prescription statin drugs.
The Portfolio Diet: The Sum Is Greater Than The Parts?
For more than a decade, researchers have known that certain foods like oatmeal and soy can help lower blood cholesterol levels. However, until recently these foods have been viewed more or less independently of each other.
Dr. Jenkins decided to take a look at how combining a variety of foods that have been shown to reduce cholesterol might collectively work together, providing more bang for your buck.
Jenkins’ study took a look at forty-six healthy, middle-aged adults who had high cholesterol. The subjects were divided into three groups:
One group was placed on a whole-grain and low-fat dairy diet that was low in saturated fats;
The second group followed the same diet, but also took a lovastatin, a cholesterol-reducing statin drug;
The third group ate a diet high in plant sterols, ”sticky” fiber, soy and almonds.
All groups experienced a reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), and not surprisingly, the statin group experienced the most dramatic drop — a 30.9 percent reduction.
However, what did surprise researchers was the reductions seen in the porfolio diet group, which experienced a 28.9 percent reduction in fasting blood cholesterol levels, making it nearly as effective at cutting cholesterol as prescription statin drugs.
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