Cacao procyanidins reduce plasma cholesterol and increase fecal steroid excretion in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.

@article{Yasuda2008CacaoPR,
  title={Cacao procyanidins reduce plasma cholesterol and increase fecal steroid excretion in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.},
  author={Akiko Yasuda and Midori Natsume and Kazue Sasaki and Seigo Baba and Yuko Nakamura and Minoru Kanegae and Satoshi Nagaoka},
  journal={BioFactors},
  year={2008},
  volume={33 3},
  pages={211-23}
}
Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols, such as catechins and oligomeric procyanidins, and has a hypocholesterolemic effect in humans. This study evaluated the principal active components and potential mechanism(s) for the hypocholesterolemic effect of polyphenolic substances from cocoa powder in rats. Male Wistar rats were fed a 1% high-cholesterol diet (HC) or a high-cholesterol diet containing 1% polyphenol extract from cocoa powder (PE) or a mixture of 0.024% catechin and 0.058% epicatechin… CONTINUE READING

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