New Study Shows Probiotics Reduce Cholesterol

Posted: May 14, 2009 in health, nutrition, Uncategorized
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Catherine Lewis, AHJ Editor — Published: May 11, 2009

Probiotics seem to be all the rage these days, and for good reason! They have a number of potential health benefits, including improving digestive health and possibly preventing colon cancer. And now there’s one more reason to introduce probiotics to your diet: a recent study showed that a diet combining soy and probiotics significantly reduced harmful lipids. Keep reading for more information on the increasing powers of probiotics.

Probiotics have once again proven their benefits as a health supplement. In a study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet that combined soy and a probiotic supplement significantly reduced harmful lipids in the system.  

Why Probiotics?
When it comes to maintaining good health, probiotics are the ideal choice. These healthy bacteria have a number of potential benefits, including managing inflammatory bowel disease, lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. They are also effective in the prevention of colon cancer, although studies are still being performed regarding this potential.

Your immune system controls good health. And, taking a dietary supplement of probiotics is one of the ways that you can support your immune system. According to the European study, when combined with soy products, probiotics have a positive effect on body cells and they help to promote a positive response from your body. They increase the proportion of lymphocytes in your body as well as the natural fighting cells that ward off disease.  

Though probiotics are often recommended and used successfully for those who are fighting diseases of the digestive tract, the health benefits of these supplements are proving to be beneficial in many other areas of health. Studies performed in the United States, Asia and Europe all confirm that there are significant health benefits to taking probiotics when it comes to the digestive tract. But these new studies have many doctors recommending the use of this supplement when fighting high blood pressure as well as high cholesterol.

Probiotics and Lipids
When it comes to harmful lipids, probiotics have already been linked with lowering cholesterol when taken alone. The new study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the effect is even greater when combined with soy products. This can show promise for those who struggle with high cholesterol and want to take a natural product to lower their lipids, rather than a medication that may have adverse side effects on the digestive tract and the liver.  

Because probiotics and soy are natural products, they are considered by many to be safer than medications for high cholesterol. For many years, Lipitor was the gold standard of treating this condition. However, as the dangers of Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs are becoming more apparent, science is looking for alternates. Medical science may very well have a breakthrough in treating high cholesterol in a natural way with probiotics combined with soy.  

If you’re suffering from high cholesterol, consult with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if probiotics are an option for you.

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  1. Great info as usual Chris. I hadn’t seen this article. It gives one more reason why I believe all adults should be taking a multivitamin/mineral and a probiotic daily for health. If you don’t mind, I will link to this post from my blog.

    Dr Barry Marks, DC

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