How to supercharge your cholesterol-lowering supplements

February 11, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 08

Ron’s cholesterol was high. The lab test said it was 265. Well, 20 years ago, anything under 300 would have been fine. But the drug companies have persuaded conventional medicine to drop that to 200. Now they’re saying the lower the better (which is not always true). Regardless, we’re all under assault to drop our cholesterol to 180 or lower using statins.

As you may know, statins carry a huge risk. They can cause heart failure, muscle weakness, and even brain injury. So there was no way Ron was going to try statins. Instead, he made some changes to his diet — he primarily stopped eating gluten. And he began using Advanced Cholesterol Formula. His overall cholesterol dropped 30 points in just a couple of months. His doctor was thrilled. Ron thought that was enough. But the doctor persisted.

So Ron started looking for a way to supercharge his cholesterol-lowering supplements. And he found one. All he did was take Advanced Probiotic Formula, and his cholesterol dropped again. He really didn’t know why or how it worked. But he was happy. Now a new study confirms what Ron found and even tries to explain why it works.

In this study, researchers gave probiotics to 12 male mice with high cholesterol for 14 days. The result was a significant reduction (7%) of total serum cholesterol. What’s more, the probiotics also reduced their triglycerides by 10%. And this wasn’t the only study to find these results. Several other studies have found that probiotics, either in supplement form or in yogurt, significantly lower cholesterol. One study, in fact, used buffalo-milk yogurt to lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 56.3%. (I’ll have more on this study in a future Nutrient Insider. It’s tough to find buffalo-milk yogurt, so I’ve got more research to do.)

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The point in these, and many other studies, is that probiotics really do lower cholesterol. I have found some studies that didn’t find the same results. But most of the studies (mice and human) I’ve read say they work. Some even suggest the probiotics will raise your HDL (good) cholesterol levels, which is hard to do.

Why do they work? Scientists aren’t completely sure. “One of the purported mechanisms includes enzymatic deconjugation of bile acids by bile-salt hydrolase of probiotics. Bile, a water-soluble end product of cholesterol in the liver, is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder, and released into the duodenum upon ingestion of food. It consists of cholesterol, phospholipids, conjugated bile acids, bile pigments and electrolytes. Once deconjugated, bile acids are less soluble and absorbed by the intestines, leading to their elimination in the feces. Cholesterol is used to synthesize new bile acids in a homeostatic response, resulting in lowering of serum cholesterol.”

That’s too complicated for me. I like things simple and easy to understand. But so far, I haven’t found a simple explanation. All I can say is it works.

So if you want to supercharge your cholesterol-lowering supplements, try taking them along with a probiotic. Ron saw it work, and so has science.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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