Unique Probiotic Targets Cardiovascular DiseaseOctober 2014
By Celine Thompson
Superior Cardiovascular Support
A direct comparison of L. reuteri supplementation with other heart health-promoting supplements is eye-opening. Plant-derived sterols, soy, and fiber supplements all have beneficial effects on cholesterol reduction. However, the probiotic is superior in terms of its effects on inflammatory markers of cardiovascular risk (e.g., CRP and fibrinogen), in promoting gastrointestinal health, and in terms of its low dose (100 mg/dose) compared with doses in the range of 1 to 50 grams for the others. (See Figure 2)
Pharmacology researchers are eager to exploit the role of bile acids as cholesterol-regulating signals, and have already rushed to produce semisynthetic versions aimed at lowering cholesterol.10 But simply supplementing with L. reuteri, a patent-protected strain of probiotic, can provide effective results using a safe, natural strain of a common, beneficial member of your own intestinal microbiome.
Although, many Lactobacillus bacteria are “generally recognized as safe” by the Food and Drug Administration, L. reuteri has also undergone extensive laboratory characterization and safety testing. L. reuteri has demonstrated no adverse effects associated with its consumption as a supplement, including no loss of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and beta carotene).36-40 In fact, research demonstrates that L. reuteri supplementation can increase levels of the heart-protective vitamin D by nearly 26%.37 (See Figure 1)
With high cholesterol and other lipid disturbances remaining unchecked, premature deaths from cardiovascular disease continue to occur, despite drug treatments and their attendant side effects.
A new strain of natural probiotic, Lactobacillus reuteri, is about to change all that. This organism can lower cholesterol in two ways: by increasing cholesterol loss from the body through stool and increasing cholesterol metabolism.
Probiotic L. reuteri does all this by secreting a potent enzyme called bile salt hydrolase, which traps cholesterol in the intestinal tract and increases signaling to liver cells to metabolize cholesterol.
Clinical studies demonstrate that L. reuteri effectively lowers levels of total and LDL-cholesterol, while driving down inflammation and reducing other metabolic disturbances that raise cardiovascular risks.
A safe, natural probiotic, L. reuteri is one of the first “condition-specific” probiotics, designed and developed specifically to fight risk factors that lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular catastrophes.
Even those without overtly elevated cardiovascular risk factors will benefit from L. reuteri supplementation; the probiotic has been shown to prevent diet-induced lipid disturbances as well as resolve them. L. reuteri supplementation is an important part of an overall strategy for reducing the risk of heart disease.
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