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Artichoke - the vegetable with a good heart – University of Reading

Release Date : 04 March 2004

Scientists at the University of Reading are looking for volunteers to take part in a new study which examines how the artichoke can lower cholesterol. Blood cholesterol levels are one of the most important indicators of heart health. Fortunately, there is a lot that we can do for ourselves, as good diet and exercise have been shown time and again to help reduce cholesterol and protect us from conditions such as Coronary Heart Disease. Now, Drs Rafe Bundy and Ann Walker, nutritionists at the University of Reading, are recruiting people to take part in a 12-week study to assess the effects of Globe Artichoke Leaf Extract (ALE) on blood cholesterol levels in otherwise healthy adults. Dr Ann Walker, Senior Lecturer at the University's Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, said: "There is increasing evidence that ALE is effective in reducing blood cholesterol levels. A recent German clinical trial showed that ALE significantly reduced levels of 'bad' cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. "We are very keen to extend this work to people with more moderately raised levels. This study ties in well with other studies that we have run at the University which showed that ALE can be helpful for the relief of minor digestive problems." If you would like more information on the trial, please send your name, address, and a contact telephone number on a postcard to: The ALE and Cholesterol Study, FREEPOST (SCE8459), PO Box 4838, Earley, Reading RG6 6ZZ or e-mail You may then be asked to attend the University for a blood test to determine your blood cholesterol level. Showing an interest in participation is in no way binding. End For media enquiries, please contact Craig Hillsley, Press Officer, University of Reading. Tel: 0118 378 7388 E-mail:


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