OLDIs 'For your cholesterol' long-term?

We would recommend you take Optibac 'For Cholesterol' for at least 3 months before re-testing cholesterol levels. As such, it is best to take this product on an ongoing basis to help maintain normal cholesterol levels.

In short

We would recommend you take Optibac 'For Cholesterol' for at least 3 months before re-testing cholesterol levels. It is then best to take this product on an ongoing basis to help maintain normal cholesterol levels.

In depth

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.

Optibac 'For your cholesterol'

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, such as those found in ‘For Cholesterol’, 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.

You may also like to read: Benefits of Alpha-linolenic acid

References:

  1. Fuentes, et al. (2013) Cholesterol-lowering efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527, 7528 and 7529 in hypercholesterolaemic adults. Br. J. Nutr. 109, 10. 1866-72.