High-fiber diet may delay hardening of arteries

September 7, 2005 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

High-fiber diet may delay hardening of arteries

Latest research findings suggest that diets high in cereal fibre and whole grain products may slow the progression of plaque build-up in the arteries of postmenopausal women.

While past studies have linked an increase in dietary fibre with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and death, none have directly assessed the effect of fibre intake on the progression of plaque build up in the arteries of patients with established heart disease.

Among the 230 postmenopausal women studied for three years, those who were consuming more than 3 grams of cereal fiber or more than 6 servings of whole grains per week showed modestly smaller declines in coronary artery blockage compared with women with lower intakes of fiber each week.  However, the differences in disease progression were almost the same as that seen in patients treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, the investigators point out.

While these findings are particularly promising for post-menopausal women, researchers believe a diet rich in fibre can be beneficial all adults.

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