A small study has found that adding 100 grams of almonds daily to chronic statin therapy for 4 weeks appears to significantly reduced non–HDL cholesterol levels. Researchers randomized patients receiving a consistent statin dose to consume 100 grams of almonds each day plus diet counseling or to only receive diet counseling for 4 weeks. The almond group experienced a 4.9% reduction in non–HDL cholesterol levels, compared with a 3.5% increase in these levels that was observed the non-almond group. Notable improvements were also seen LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, but these findings did not achieve statistical significance.
Source: Journal of Clinical Lipidology, January/February 2015.