Cranberry Juice Increases HDL
Calgary, AB – Flavonoid-rich cranberry juice may help increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, according to the findings of a study presented here at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2004.
Lead author Guillaume Ruel (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC) and colleagues observed a 7.6% increase in HDL cholesterol with daily cranberry-juice consumption. Ruel points out that this is an important finding, considering the increase with medication tends to range from 8% to 15%. “This could be a very interesting preventive effect from a nutritional standpoint,” he said.
Ruel and his team note that numerous studies suggest that flavonoid consumption is associated with increased HDL and decreased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Their work was undertaken to investigate the impact of cranberry-juice consumption on plasma lipoprotein-lipid levels in men with slightly elevated LDL cholesterol.