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Blueberry Compound May Lower Cholesterol

A compound in blueberries shows promise of lowering cholesterol as effectively as a commercial drug and has the potential for fewer side effects, according to a researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The compound, pterostilbene, has the potential to be developed into a nutraceutical for lowering cholesterol. Pterostilbene is an antioxidant that is similar to resveratrol, another antioxidant identified in grapes and red wine that is also believed to lower cholesterol. Previously, it has been found that this compound may help fight cancer and may have anti-diabetic properties as well.

This study adds to a growing list of health benefits attributed to blueberries, including protection against aging, heart disease and cancer, as well as acting as a memory booster. It's also good news that a potentially healthy alternative to the dangerous cholesterol-lowering drugs is getting some media attention. Eliminating grains and sugars from your diet is another important step to normalizing cholesterol levels without relying on drugs.

EurekAlert August 23, 2004

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