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Cathy Wong, ND

Managing Cholesterol with Maqui

By January 23, 2012

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A vibrant purple berry that grows wild in some regions of South America, maqui shows promise as a natural means of keeping cholesterol in check. Rich in potent antioxidants known as anthocyanins, maqui has been found to reduce cholesterol, fight oxidative stress, and protect against atherosclerosis in laboratory research.

Since scientists have yet to test the cholesterol-lowering effects of maqui in humans, it's too soon to recommend this inflammation-fighting berry for cholesterol management. To curb your cholesterol--and, in turn, boost your defense against heart disease--make sure to follow a balanced diet high in fiber and low in saturated fat, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking. Some research suggests that sipping green tea, adding flaxseed to your diet, and getting your fill of fish oil may also help manage cholesterol levels. Read the full article: Maqui - What You Need to Know.

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