Did You Know That Taking Probiotics Can Lower Cholesterol?

The  great thing about taking nutritional supplements is they often have “side benefits” (rather than scary “side effects”).    Probiotics,  those capsules or liquids or fermented foods we consume to populate our digestive tract with friendly bacteria,   are already in use all over the world  for treating and preventing diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, inflammation of the colon, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, respiratory infections, skin disorders.

New research indicates that probiotics might have an additional benefit: lowering elevated cholesterol levels.    Recently 114 adults with elevated cholesterol levels completed a six week double blind study.  The results, published in The British Journal of Nutrition,  reported that the L.reuteri, a probiotic found in yogurt and other probiotic supplements, has the ability to lower LDL-cholesterol levels in individuals with high levels of cholesterol, and, it is safe.

 

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Source: As reported by Jones ML, Martoni CJ, Parent M, et al. Cholesterol-lowering efficacy of a microencapsulated bile salt hydrolase-active Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 yoghurt formulation in hypercholesterolaemic adults. Br J Nutr. 2011.

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