[study] Probiotic L. reuteri zaps 'bad' cholesterol, could prevent heart disease

When doctors prescribe antibiotics, the friendly bacteria required for a healthy immune system dies too. Contrary to popular belief, eating yogurt doesn’t replace all of the strains that the antibiotics killed.
L. reuteri is yet another strain discovered that needs to be replaced.
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From: Natural News

In earlier studies, a strain of live probiotic microorganisms (Lactobacillus reuteri) had shown promise in lowering blood levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. For the new study, the investigators looked to see if the same probiotic could lower LDL and reduce molecules of cholesterol attached to fatty acids known as cholesterol esters. A combination of elevated cholesterol esters plus high LDL has been tied to dangerous plaque buildup in the arteries, resulting in a heightened risk of heart disease.
The study involved 127 adult research subjects who all had high cholesterol. About half the patients took the probiotic two times a day, while the rest were given placebo capsules. After just nine weeks, those taking the probiotic had LDL levels 11.6 percent lower than those on placebos. In addition, cholesterol esters were reduced by 6.3 percent and cholesterol ester saturated fatty acids fell by almost nine percent, compared with the placebo group.

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