Compound in citrus peel shown to lower cholesterol

05/12/2004 | FoodNavigator

The study by the USDA and a Canadian nutraceutical company found polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) effectively lowered LDL cholesterol levels by 32% to 40% in lab hamsters and did not interfere with HDL cholesterol levels. "We believe that PMFs (a compound found in the peels of citrus fruit) have the potential to rival and even beat the cholesterol-lowering effect of some prescription drugs, without the risk of side effects," said one researcher; human studies are now in progress.

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