Drink Your Cranberry Juice

MAY 01, 2003

The first long-term study examining the effects of cranberry juice on cholesterol found that 2 glasses a day raise levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. The results of the study were presented at the March 2003 American Chemical Society meeting.

Lead researcher Joe Vinson, PhD, measured the levels of 19 people with high cholesterol who were not taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. Over the 3-month study, 10 of them drank artificially sweetened cranberry juice and 9 drank cranberry juice with regular sugar. Each drank an 8-oz glass daily in month 1, then 2 glasses daily in month 2, and 3 glasses daily in month 3. Their cholesterol levels were tested monthly. Although overall cholesterol levels did not change, the level of HDL cholesterol increased by as much as 121% after 2 or 3 glasses a day.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

In Seniors: Consider CMV Serostatus
When Recommending Flu Vaccine

Older people who have cytomegalovirus seem to have less robust responses to the trivalent influenza vaccine than those who do not have CMV.


 

 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.