Cholesterol is One of the Major Factors Related to Heart Disease.
Cholesterol enables your body to build new cells and produce hormones. High amounts of cholesterol in your body can lead to heart disease. Other factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, and diabetes. When the amount of cholesterol in your blood increases, it accumulates in the inner walls of your arteries. As the arteries get clogged with cholesterol, blood flow to the heart slows down or is even blocked.
There are two forms of cholesterol.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the main source of artery-clogging plaque, so we call LDL "bad" cholesterol. Lowering LDL cholesterol levels decreases the risk of developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack. On the contrary, High-density lipoprotein (HDL), another form of cholesterol, reduces the clogging of blood vessels.
Probiotics Reduce Cholesterol
The effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus 145 and Bifidobacterium longum BB536 on lowering LDL was supported in a sample of adult women (1). A study reported that dietary intervention with yogurt containing probiotics Bifidobacterium longum BL1 significantly reduced the total amount of serum cholesterol (2). Another report showed that daily consumption of Lactobacillus acidophilus 145 and Bifidobacterium longum 913 for a long time increased HDL cholesterol (3).
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