Table 3

Serum lipid responses to psyllium fiber intake in pre- and post-menopausal women*

Serum lipid

Pre-menopausal women (n = 8)

Post-menopausal women (n = 11)


Total cholesterol

Baseline, mg/dL

243.6 ± 40.3

230.8 ± 24.4

Post-fiber, mg/dL

240.5 ± 41.2

218.7 ± 17.0#

LDL-cholesterol

Baseline, mg/dL

156.0 ± 46.0

133.4 ± 32.3

Post-fiber, mg/dL

151.0 ± 42.0

127.3 ± 14.3

HDL-cholesterol

Baseline, mg/dL

61.8 ± 12.2

65.0 ± 17.0

Post-fiber, mg/dL

61.4 ± 24.1

58.4 ± 14.8#

Triglycerides

Baseline, mg/dL

129.5 ± 52.1

139.5 ± 72.1

Post-fiber, mg/dL

139.4 ± 77.4

165.4 ± 85.2

Apolipoprotein A-1

Baseline, mg/dL

152.5 ± 30.3

150.6 ± 21.8

Post-fiber, mg/dL

154.4 ± 39.2

152.3 ± 23.8


Apolipoprotein B

Baseline, mg/dL

122.3 ± 34.7

110.6 ± 19.7

Post-fiber, mg/dL

117.1 ± 31.5

106.3 ± 16.5


* = Mean ± standard deviation. # = Significantly different from pre-menopausal women, paired t-test (p < 0.05).

Ganji and Kuo Nutrition Journal 2008 7:22   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-7-22

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