Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Is turtle jelly the Chinese answer to Lipitor?

The traditional Chinese food of turtle jelly (also known as 龟苓膏 or Guilinggao) in southern China has anti-cholesterol effects, a study shows.
The hypocholesterolemic effects of turtle jelly were investigated in rats and it was found that turtle jelly markedly reversed the increased serum total cholesterol, increased LDL lipoprotein, and decreased HDL lipoprotein induced by hypercholesterolemic diet with a dose-dependent improvement on the atherogenic index. It also demonstrated good hepatoprotective function by reducing fat depositions and overall lipid contents in the liver and increasing the activities of hepatic antioxidative enzymes. The blunted nitric oxide/endothelium-mediated aortic relaxation in rats fed with hypercholesterolemic diet was partially restored after turtle jelly consumption. It is postulated that the hypocholesterolemic effect is the primary beneficial effect given by turtle jelly; it then leads to secondary beneficial effects such as vasoprotective and hepatoprotective functions. The results suggest that turtle jelly may block the downregulation of LDLR and PEPCK and upregulation of PPARα mRNA and protein expressions in the livers of rats fed with hypercholesterolemic diet.
Source: Evidence based Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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