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Effect on hematologic risk factors for coronary heart disease of a cholesterol reducing diet

Jenkins, D.J.A., C.W.C. Kendall, T.H. Nguyen, J. Teitel, A. Marchie, M. Chius, A.Y. Taha, D.A. Faulkner, T. Kemp, J.M.W. Wong, R. de Souza, A. Emam, E.A. Trautwein, K.G. Lapsley, C. Holmes, R.G. Josse, L. A. Leiter, W. Singer, 2007. Effect on hematologic risk factors for coronary heart disease of a cholesterol reducing diet. Eur. J. Clin. Nutr. 61:483-492.

A dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering ingredients has proved effective in reducing serum cholesterol. However, it is not known whether this dietary combination will also affect hematologic risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). Reductions in hematocrit and polymorphonuclear leukocytes have been reported to improve cardiovascular risk. We, therefore, report changes in hematological indices, which have been linked to cardiovascular health, in a 1-year assessment of subjects taking an effective dietary combination (portfolio) of cholesterol-lowering foods.