Can I take For Cholesterol with Medicines?

It is safe to take For Cholesterol alongside any medicine or food supplement. In fact, live cultures generally have very few contraindications. 

Many people who take medication such as statins may also wish to take For Cholesterol. This is absolutely fine. For Cholesterol does not interfere with the efficacy of statins, and its mechanisms of action are completely different to those of statins. Live cultures are confined within the gut, whereas statins act upon the liver to decrease production of cholesterol. We naturally play host to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms in our body. By comparison taking 1.2 billion live cultures daily is a relatively small amount, and the bacterial strains in For Cholesterol have no reported side effects or interactions with medicines and other natural supplements. 

With regards to the alpha-linolenic acid in For Cholesterol: this type of omega 3 from chia seeds is different from the omega 3 found in fish oil, which is mainly in the form of EPA and DHA. These can both be taken at the same time since they work in different ways: alpha-linolenic acid can help to maintain normal cholesterol levels, whereas EPA and DHA can help to maintain normal triglyceride levels. 

There is 300mg of alpha-linolenic acid in For Cholesterol, which can form part of the suggested daily intake of 2g, recommended as part of a balanced diet to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, if you are unsure as to whether it is appropriate for you to take alpha-linolenic acid supplements, then it's best to speak to your GP for personalised advice.

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'For your cholesterol' can be taken alongside statins to improve cardiovascular health

For Cholesterol also contains 0.22mg of vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. This is approximately 20% of the daily recommended intake. There are no known severe interactions for this vitamin with any medication, unless there is a known sensitivity, however, if you are unsure if you should take supplements containing thiamine, you should speak to your GP.

Can I reduce my statin dosage over time?

We recommend to always follow your doctor’s advice. It is important to have regular cholesterol tests and open discussions with your GP, advising them if you are taking natural supplements. If cholesterol levels are maintained at a low level over time, then your GP may wish to reduce the statin dose.

Those with serious health conditions should always consult their doctor before taking any natural supplements.

For more information on using live cultures for those with high cholesterol, healthcare professionals can visit Probiotic Professionals. 

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

NB: Individuals taking Warfarin should tell their doctor immediately if they experience unusual bleeding, skin changes, ulcers or immediate and severe pain in any area of the body.

Author: Kerry Beeson, BSc (Nut.Med) Nutritional Therapist.