Can a high plant fiber diet lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol as much as the statin drug Mevocor?

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Can a high plant fiber diet lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol as much as the statin drug Mevocor?

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Yes. In a study reported in JAMA (23 July 2003) a vegetarian diet of high plant fiber foods containing eggplant, okra, soy protein, almonds, barley and psyllium produced a 28.6% drop in LDL cholesterol and adding the stain drug Mevocor did not lower it any more. A low fat diet only lowered the LDL by 8%. Heart attack risk is associated with elevated LDL and also elevated C reactive protein. C reactive protein is a marker for artery inflammation. The high plant fiber foods lowered both of these markers as effectively as the statin drug and much better than the low fat diet. Read the rest . . .

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