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Lipid profile and antioxidant enzymes in coconut oil consumers

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : Indian Coconut J

Source : Indian Coconut J, Volume 72, p.3–6 (2010)

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Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Biochemistry

Year : 2010

Abstract : In this study, we compared the lipid profile and antioxidant enzymes of normal and diabetic subjects consuming coconut oil and sunflower oil. 70 normal healthy persons and 70 patients with diabetes were studied. Each group was further subdivided into two subgroups of 35 subjects each, consuming coconut oil and sunflower oil respectively as cooking medium. Samples of blood were analyzed for serum total cholesterol, triacylglycerols, and cholesterol in lipoprotein fractions. Total glutathione and glutathione peroxidase were measured in erythrocytes and superoxide dismutase in serum. Though lipid profile parameters and oxidative stress were high in diabetic subjects compared to controls, no pronounced changes for these parameters were observed between the subgroups (coconut oil vs. sunflower oil). Introduction Coconut has been an important component of the diet of Kerala population for decades. Coconut oil contains approximately 90% saturated fats. Saturated fats are known to contribute to coronary artery disease (CAD) by causing hypercholesterolemia, an established

Cite this Research Publication : P. Sabitha, Vasudevan, D. M., and , “Lipid profile and antioxidant enzymes in coconut oil consumers”, Indian Coconut J, vol. 72, pp. 3–6, 2010.

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