Eat barley to lower bad cholesterol
CONSUMING barley or foods containing barley can help to lower cholesterol, a new study has revealed, boosting the grain's reputation as a "superfood".
Researchers from Canada found that eating barley regularly reduces the level of two types of "bad" cholesterol by about 7 per cent.
The grain contains beta-glucan, a soluble fibre.
The study found that eating between 6.5g and 6.9g of beta-glucan a day for four weeks can bring down the levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and non-high-density lipoprotein, or non-HDL.
These two cholesterol forms are linked to cardiovascular disease.
The findings were published on June 8 in The European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition.
It included 14 studies on clinical trials conducted in seven countries.
Vladimir Vuksan, research scientist at St Michael's Hospital which conducted the study, said
in a press release that the findings are "most important for populations
at high risk for cardiovascular disease,
such as Type 2 diabetics".
"Barley has a lowering effect on the total bad cholesterol in these high-risk individuals but can also benefit people without
high cholesterol," added
the associate director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre at the hospital.