The researchers found that St. John’s wort significantly decreased the levels of apolipoproteins (proteins that bind fats and cholesterol to form lipoproteins), triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and C-reactive protein (CRP).
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a clinical trial done by researchers at the Isfahan Research Institute in Iran that notes that St. John’s wort may be more effective in the treatment of heart disease than lovastatin.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/an-herbal-heart-remedy-that-works-better-than-drugs), St. John’s wort exploded onto the health scene a number of years ago when it was discovered that it could be used as an herbal cure in the treatment of depression. Since then, the herb has fallen from the front pages of health news. Just recently, however, St. John’s wort is back in the spotlight—but for a different reason than treating depression. It turns out that the herb may exert heart protective effects as well.
As the article outlines, for the study, researchers looked at the ant-atherosclerotic effect of St. John’s extract on rabbits with high cholesterol as compared with a popular statin drug called lovastatin. Twenty-five mature male rabbits were randomly divided into five groups of five and were fed for 60 days as follows: standard diet (Group I); standard diet and an extract of St. Johns wort: 150mg/kg daily (Group II); standard diet, St. Johns wort 150mg/kg daily, and cholesterol intake at one percent of food content (Group III); standard diet and cholesterol intake at one percent of food content (Group IV); and standard diet with 10mg/kg of lovastatin plus cholesterol intake at one percent of food content (Group V).
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “An Herbal Heart Remedy That Could Work Better Than Drugs,” states that the researchers found that St. John’s wort significantly decreased the levels of apolipoproteins (proteins that bind fats and cholesterol to form lipoproteins), triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and C-reactive protein (CRP). The herbal extract also lowered the risk for atherosclerosis and increased HDL cholesterol levels in Group III, compared with Group IV. According to the research team, the effect of the St. Johns wort extract in decreasing the level of some of the negative factors of high cholesterol and fats was significantly greater than that of lovastatin. They concluded that St. John’s wort possesses hypolipidemic and anti-atherosclerotic effects and could be beneficial in the management of heart disease.
(SOURCE: Asgary, S., et al., “Effect of St. John’s wort on selected traditional and novel biochemical factors of cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerotic lesions in hypercholesterolemic rabbits: A comparison between the extract and lovastatin,” J. Pharm. Bioallied Sci., July 2012; 4(3): 212–8.)
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