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Probiotic reduces LDL cholesterol level

Many people are aware that high levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, raise chances for heart problems, but far fewer know that a healthy gut—the stomach and intestines—also plays an important role in maintaining heart health.

Doctors in this study reviewed 26 clinical trials and two large meta-analyses on the effects of probiotics on LDL. Of all probiotic strains, L. reuteri lowered LDL and total cholesterol most, and reduced signs of inflammation significantly. Participants who took L. reuteri twice per day for nine weeks had levels of LDL cholesterol 11.6 percent lower than placebo.

Discussing their findings, doctors said that people know probiotics for digestive health but do not think of probiotics for heart health, adding, “It’s time to recognize probiotics’ role as a simple and natural tool to manage cholesterol,” and recommend people add probiotics to their diet and exercise program to manage heart health.

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