While one study has found that black soya beans could lower cholesterol, another study has determined that garlic does not help to lower cholesterol.
In an encouraging study, researchers from South Korea have found that a diet of black soya beans could lower cholesterol and reduce weight gain. The researchers based their conclusions on studies they conducted on rats. During the trial, 32 male rats were divided in to four groups and given black soya beans in varying quantities with one group not being given any. The researchers found that the beans reduced the total blood cholesterol by 25 per cent. In the case of LDL cholesterol, the levels came down by a significant 60 per cent. Also, weight gain was reduced by half in those rats who got about ten per cent of their energy from black soya beans. However, experts believe that more research needs to be conducted before these findings can be proved conclusively.
On the other hand, scientists from the US are of the view that garlic does not lower cholesterol. Researchers from the Stanford Prevention Research Center, California, studied 192 participants with LDL cholesterol levels ranging from 130 to 190 milligrams per deciliter of blood. They were divided into four groups and were given garlic either in a sandwich, as a supplement pill, as a supplement powder or were not given any garlic but a placebo. It was observed that regardless of the cholesterol levels initially, garlic did not have any effect on them. The study findings are a blow to all those adults suffering from moderately high cholesterol levels.
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