MEDICAL RESEARCH. Here's an interesting article....since this worked
so well, DE will probably be another product on the "restricted list"
in the future.
Diatomaceous earth lowers blood cholesterol concentrations.Wachter H
, Lechleitner M
, Artner-Dworzak E
, Hausen A
, Jarosch E
, Widner B
, Patsch J
, Pfeiffer K
, Fuchs D
Institute of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Innsbruck, Fritz Pregl Strasse 3, Innsbruck, A-6020, Austria.
this study a potential influence of diatomaceus earth to lower blood
cholesterol was investigated. During 12 weeks we monitored serum lipid
concentrations in 19 healthy individuals with a history of moderate
hypercholesterinemia (9 females, 10 males, aged 35 - 67 years).
Individuals administered orally 250 mg diatomaceous earth three-times
daily during an 8 weeks observation period. Serum concentrations of
cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density
lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels were measured before
study entry, every second week during the period of diatomaceous earth
intake and 4 weeks after stop of intake. Compared to baseline (285.8
+/- 37.5 mg/dl = 7.40 +/- 0.97 mM) diatomaceous earth intake was
associated with a significant reduction of serum cholesterol at any
time point, reaching a minimum on week 6 (248.1 mg/dl = 6.43 mM, -13.2%
from baseline; p<0.001). Also low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
(week 4: p<0.05) and triglycerides levels decreased (week 2:
p<0.05, week 4: p<0.01). Four weeks after intake of diatomaceous
earth was stopped, serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein
cholesterol and triglycerides still remained low and also the increase
of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol became significant (p<0.05).
Diatomaceous earth, a bioproduct, is capable of reducing blood
cholesterol and positively influencing lipid metabolism in humans.
Placebo-controlled studies will be necessary to confirm our findings.
PMID: 9533930 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]