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Study Reveals Cotton Seed Oil May Lower Bad Cholesterol

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) are two different cholesterol types. In simple terms, LDL is the bad cholesterol while HDL is the good one. LDL has the tendency to get accumulated in the blood vessels, restricting the free flow of blood. This results into more chances of heart attack as well as stroke. On the other hand, HDL contributes to the eradication of LDL from the body, by carrying it to the liver. This organ breaks the cholesterol into smaller portions before eradicating these from the body.

Therefore, doctors always recommend food items that have a lower level of LDL and a higher level of HDL. This will not only deplete the level of bad cholesterol present in the body but will also promote the sound health.

Though the researchers have offered significant methods to bring the level of LDL cholesterol under control, they are putting tireless efforts to discover the proven methods to identify the most relevant mode of treatment. Recently, a study conducted by the researchers from the University of Georgia, Athens have proven that incorporating cottonseed oil to the high-fat diet may prove to beneficial for reducing the level of LDL cholesterol.

An experiment was executed on 15 males, with ages ranging between 18 and 45 years. They were asked to follow one of the versions of the high-fat diet, in which either cottonseed oil or olive oil was the prime ingredient. Every participant followed either of the diets for 5 consecutive days, which proved that the seed oil produces a better result for lowering the level of LDL cholesterol than olive oil. Also, the former contributes to the lowering of the level of triglyceride.

An associate professor from the University of Georgia, Jamie Cooper stated that the drastic change observed in a short span was exciting. In fact, the magnitude of the difference between the two outcomes is also significant.