Washington: A nutrient found in the dark meat of poultry and some seafood may provide protection against coronary heart disease (CHD) in women with high cholesterol, say researchers.A study at NYU Langone Medical Center evaluated the effects of taurine, a naturally occurring nutrient found in the dark meat of turkey and chicken, as well as in some fish and shellfish, on CHD.It revealed that higher taurine intake was associated with significantly lower CHD risk among women with high total cholesterol levels. The same association was not seen in women with low cholesterol levels, however.There is very little information available about taurine, said principal investigator Yu Chen, PhD, MPH, associate professor of epidemiology at NYU School of Medicine, part of NYU Langone Medical Center.While there have been some animal studies that indicate taurine may be beneficial to cardiovascular disease, this is the first published prospective study to look at serum taurine and CHD in humans, she explained.“Our findings were very interesting. Taurine, at least in its natural form, does seem to have a significant protective effect in women with high cholesterol Dr. Chen stated.
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