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Chinese Scientists Unearth A Hidden, And Dangerous, Cholesterol

August 20, 2009: 03:22 AM EST
Add a heretofore unknown cholesterol to the list of potentially injurious substances lurking in your body. Discovered by Chinese scientists, oxycholesterol swells levels of harmful cholesterol that in turn promote hardening of the arteries and boost the risk of heart attack. To reduce the oxycholesterol threat people should avoid the usual suspects: fried and processed junk foods. Oxidation of fats and oils produces oxycholesterol in the body. Instead, eat antioxidant-rich foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. They seem to reduce levels of dangerous oxycholesterol, according to the researchers.
"Little known type of cholesterol may pose the greatest heart disease risk", American Chemical Society, August 20, 2009, © American Chemical Society
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