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2011-11-11

Probiotics Lower Cholesterol Levels

A recently published meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials has shown that a diet rich in probiotics may decrease total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

Researchers reviewed studies that investigated the efficacy of probiotics on the plasma lipid profile of subjects, and included data from 13 trials, that studied a total of 485 participants with high, borderline high and normal cholesterol levels. Cases were examined for mean net change in total cholesterol for those treated with probiotics compared to controls and found a change of -6.40 mg/dl for those taking probiotics. Mean net change in LDL cholesterol was -4.90 mg/dl, mean net change in HDL cholesterol was -0.11 mg dl-1, and mean net change in triglycerides was -3.95 mg/dl.

Results indicate that probiotic supplementation (or a diet rich in probiotics) decreases total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentration in plasma of participants with high, borderline high and normal cholesterol levels.

Since I've started this blog near the beginning of the year, I've covered numerous studies on probiotics. To read about the wide-range of health conditions probiotics have been studied for just in the last few months, search for "probiotics" in the top left of this page, or the top of the column containing the ads (just to the right).

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Source: Influence of consumption of probiotics on the plasma lipid profile: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

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