New Ancient Hope for Cholesterol

amla Indian gooseberry helps cholesterol and atherosclerosis

Not well known in the West, this traditional Indian herb may be the answer to a Western problem.

Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important herbs in the traditional Ayurvedic medical system of India. A just published study has now found that an extract of the amla fruit can help cholesterol.

The double-blind study lasted twelve weeks and included 98 people with high cholesterol who were given either a placebo or 500mg of amla extract twice a day.

At the end of the study, compared to the people who got the placebo, the people in the amla group now had significantly lower levels of total cholesterol, the dangerous LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides. The atherogenic index of their plasma, a powerful indicator of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, also went down by a significant 39%.

The researchers conclude that amla has significant potential as a treatment for elevated cholesterol and triglycerides.

BMC Complement Altern Med 2019;19(1):27

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