Biblical herb may lower high cholesterol

The Middle Eastern tree resin, myrrh, a plant forever linked to the New Testament, may lower cholesterol according to a rat study.

The study, published in a recent issue of the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health​, said in conjunction with other plants, myrrh could boost heart health.

But the researcher, Nadia Saleh Al-Amoudi from King Abd Al-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia noted more research was needed into the nutrient traditionally used as a medicinal treatment for sore throats, congestion, and cuts and burns.

The researcher fed myrrh resin and other plant materials to albino rats and found that levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol fell and levels of ‘good’ cholesterol went up while the rodents were on the diet.

With gold and frankincense, myrrh was one of the gifts of the Magi as described in the New Testament.

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