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Yes, we would recommend that you take Optibac For Cholesterol for at least 3 months before retesting your cholesterol levels. However, ideally the product is intended to be taken daily on an ongoing basis to help maintain normal balance of cholesterol.
In order to manage cholesterol levels doctors usually advise to take statins continuously. High cholesterol is a persistent health risk and therefore requires ongoing action. Similarly, complementary practitioners recommend dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking certain food supplements, on an ongoing basis. For Cholesterol is no different and we advise it to be taken permanently on a daily basis for maintenance.
In the clinical trial1 which was conducted on the strains in For Cholesterol, the patients were assessed over a 3 month period, hence the recommendation to initially take this product for 3 months. In terms of safety, live cultures are absolutely safe to take on a long term basis, as are the added ingredients in ‘For Cholesterol’, alpha-linolenic acid and vitamin B1.
Both clinical trials and population studies have been conducted on alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Some of these studies have been conducted over decades.Those who consume high amounts of ALA in their diet in the form of walnuts, flaxseed oil supplements, or chia seeds, from which the oil in For Cholesterol is sourced, tend to have favourable cholesterol levels compared to those who do not consume much ALA2.
NB: Always follow the advice of your doctor in relation to high cholesterol.
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