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Ghee lowers cholesterol

In my prior post, I related my experience with consuming ghee for a year. At the end of the year, my heart health improved in every way (including a lower level of "bad" plasma cholesterol).

I just ran across a study that confirms my experience. (UPDATE: this study also answers the question I raised in my prior post.) Here is the abstract and reference:

J Nutr Biochem. 2000 Feb;11(2):69-75. 
 
Hypocholesterolemic effect of anhydrous milk fat ghee is mediated by increasing the secretion of biliary lipids.

Kumar MV, Sambaiah K, Lokesh BR.

Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Does ghee contain oxidized cholesterol?

Almost every reputable seller of ghee that I can find online claims that ghee contains no oxidized cholesterol.

Here is a quote from MAPI's ghee page:

Ghee imparts the benefits of the best essential fatty acids without the problems of oxidized cholesterol, transfatty acids or hydrogenated fats. It is also resistant to free radical damage and is both salt and lactose free.

However, several western doctors or scientists make the opposite claim. Who is right?

I'm having trouble finding good quality research papers that provide a definitive answer. If anyone has some good references, please let me know.

Forced to switch glaucoma meds for one day - surprising result

I have been using Xalatan (1 drop in the evenings). This weekend, I had no Xalatan for 1 evening. I used 1 drop of Timolol gel forming solution instead.

The following day, my IOP remained low and very stable the entire day, right up until the time I used the next drop of Xalatan in the evening.

I was surprised that my IOP was lower by about 5 mmHg and that it was more stable compared to what it normally is on Xalatan.

List of Alternatives That Glaucoma Patients May Want to Know About

I am not recommending any of these things. This is simply a list of some of the things I know about in connection with glaucoma. In fact, I have tried a lot of these things myself and many of them have not worked for me. That doesn’t mean they won’t work for you, but it underscores the point that I am not recommending all these things.

At this stage, this is simply a randomly ordered list. I will probably write articles here on my blog on most of the items in this list in the near future. I will also add and remove things from this list from time to time.

Must Read Information for Organic Dairy Consumers

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While browsing at The Cornucopia Institute's web site, I found this rating table for organic dairy marketers. This is a gold mine of information. If you consume organic dairy products, it is worthwhile to look up your brand in this table. I will absolutely not purchase an organic dairy brand unless I check here first.

Nation’s Largest Organic Milk Marketer “Deceiving Consumers”

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This comes from The Cornucopia Institute. It's worth bookmarking the site.

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