A new study from Thailand (La-up, 2021) found traditional users of kratom had elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) and low levels of triglycerides. In the largest recent study of its kind, researchers recruited 581 participants, half kratom consumers, and half who did not consume kratom as a control group. Though the consumers of traditional kratom (fresh leaves brewed or chewed) had higher instances of drinking and smoking, they showed healthier cholesterol levels than the control group. Many fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants also promote healthy cholesterol, and you’d expect that from a dark green leafy food like kratom.
La-Up, A., Saengow, U., & Aramrattana, A. (2021). High serum high-density lipoprotein and low serum triglycerides in Kratom users: A study of Kratom users in Thailand. Heliyon, 7(4), e06931. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e06931
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