Comparative effects of alfalfa saponins and alfalfa fiber on cholesterol absorption in rats.


Intestinal absorption of cholesterol was measured in control rats fed semipurified diets and in rats fed alfalfa meal, in which saponins had been previously extracted, or this extracted material plus alfalfa saponins. A dose of 2 mg radioactive cholesterol was administered intragastrically, and fecal excretion of labeled neutral steroids measured… (More)


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