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Barley and lipids

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Beta glucan extracted from barley "improved blood lipids over a six-week treatment period," Joel Pins, University of Minnesota Medical School, et al., report at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego April 2-6. Seventy-six men and 79 women participated in a randomized, placebo-controlled, five-group parallel study in which they ate ready-to eat cereal and juice fortified with either low- or high-molecular weight beta glucan in 3g or 5g doses twice daily for six weeks. Researchers took fasted blood samples pre- and post-study to determine blood lipids and other cardiovascular disease biomarkers. Cargill provided the barley beta-glucan concentrate used in the study...
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