For Cholesterol

60 sachets |2 months' supply

4.8/5 (23 reviews) Read verified product reviews
4.8/5 (23 reviews) Read verified product reviews
Louise Mason BA (Hons) Dip CNM Nutritional Therapist, Dip CNM Naturopath, mANP
I recommend this a lot because it can be taken alongside statins and has well researched strains.
Louise Mason
Louise Mason BA (Hons) Dip CNM Nutritional Therapist, Dip CNM Naturopath, mANP

Who is it for?

For Cholesterol is a high-quality friendly bacteria supplement specially formulated for those concerned about their cholesterol levels. With Omega 3 Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to support the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and added Vitamin B1 to support heart function. Now in delicious vanilla flavour.

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  • Vegan


  • No dairy

    No dairy

  • Gluten free

    Gluten free

  • Soy free

    Soy free

Key benefits

Friendly bacteria with ALA for cholesterol

  • Highly researched strains Optibac For Cholesterol contains three well-researched friendly bacteria strains at a combined strength of 1.2 billion live cultures per sachet
  • With Omega-3 for your cholesterol Contains 300mg alpha-linolenic acid (a form of Omega-3) shown to help to maintain normal cholesterol levels (as part of the 2g recommended daily intake of ALA in a balanced diet)
  • Now with Vitamin B1 Our brand-new formulation also includes Vitamin B1 to support heart function
  • Scientifically proven High-quality live cultures strains shown to survive stomach acidity and reach the gut alive
  • For daily use Recommended for daily use for at least three months or on an ongoing basis
  • Natural and vegan Now suitable for vegans, this supplement is safe to take alongside statins or cholesterol-lowering medication* with no risk of undesirable side effects
  • Easy to use New one-a-day formula; the delicious vanilla-flavoured powder can be taken alone or mixed into cool, non-acidic food or drink, with no need for refrigeration
  • Highly recommended From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements.

*Do not stop or reduce the dose of your cholesterol lowering medication without the support of your doctor.

Optibac Probiotics strains

  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527
  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7528
  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7529

Added nutrients

  • Vitamin B1
  • Alpha-linolenic acid
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Complements gut bacteria

Customer reviews

4.8/5 (23 reviews)
  • I have high cholesterol which I have inherited from my mum! I heard about Optibac cholesterol and started to take them 4 months ago I don’t have a bad diet and I exercise so add this to my day. Totally recommend this product!! Easy to take just add water!!!! 👍🏻✅

    Jane- 24th May 2023

  • After seeing research on the exciting field of probiotics and being put on statins by my Doctor, which I could not tolerate due to side effects, I began a serious regimen of diet, citrus bergamot and Optibac's cholesterol lowering probiotic. Additionally, I changed by exercise routine up a bit to include more cardio exercises (5x week). My Cholesterol went from 227 in late May to 161 when recently tested. My LDL ratio went from 4.3 to 2.5.

    Bruce Miller- 22nd September 2022

  • I eat very healthily so was very surprised to have my cholesterol flagged as an area of mild concern (borderline levels) by my doctor after a routine blood test. I didn't want to take any medication so thought I would try For Cholesterol and took it for 3 months as recommended. It's really easy to take every morning with my breakfast (I just pop it into cool water) and it tastes lovely, so I will be including it as part of my everyday health maintenance regime going forward.

    Lynne- 6th July 2022

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Help & advice

Speak to our team of experts (nutritionists, microbiologists and nutritional therapists) any time for free advice, with absolutely no obligation to buy.

Camilla Gray
Camilla Gray DipCNM Nutritional Therapist

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We are the UK's most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements.

† As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women.

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  • How to use

    Recommended use

    Natural food supplement suitable for adults with the following recommendations:

    • Take 1 sachet daily, preferably with breakfast
    • Product is orosoluble, so may be taken directly into the mouth
    • If preferred, product may be dissolved in water and consumed immediately
    • For best results take daily for at least three months.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • Safe to take alongside statins or cholesterol lowering medication*.

    * Do not stop or reduce the dose of your cholesterol lowering medication without the support of your doctor.


    Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight..


    Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.

    Gut health supplements are not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. If taking probiotic supplements for gut health, note that these should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.

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    Bulking agents: sorbitol, corn fibre; Alpha-linolenic acid (300mg); sweetener: xylitol; anti-caking agent: organic rice fibre; Live cultures: Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7527, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7528, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7529; vanilla flavouring; Vitamin B1 (0.22mg, 20% NRV) * Nutrient Reference Value

    Each sachet guarantees 1.2 billion live cultures.

    The beneficial effects of Alpha-linolenic acid are obtained with a daily intake of 2g, as a part of a balanced diet.


    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • No dairy
    • Gluten free
    • Soy free
    • Suitable in pregnancy
    • Suitable for breastfeeding
    • GMO free
    • Free from artificial colourings and preservatives
    • No chemicals or parabens

    Following the taxonomic updates issued by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, which look more closely at the Lactobacillus genus, a reclassification has been advised for the Lactobacillus plantarum species. The active ingredients in For Cholesterol may therefore also now be referred to as Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7527, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7528 and Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7529.

    Format Sachet
    No. Live Cultures 1.2 billion
    Added Ingredients Vitamin B1
    Recommended Use 1 sachet daily
    Age Range Adult
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Customer Questions

All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Biology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist

Live cultures are very safe to be taken from birth into old age (1,2). There are only a few individuals for whom friendly bacteria may not be appropriate, such as the immune-compromised – please see our safety information for more details. People with serious health conditions should always speak to their doctor before taking any natural supplement.

(1)Jacobsen et al. (1999). 'Screening of probiotic activities of 47 strains of Lactobacillus spp. by in vitro techniques and evaluation of the colonisation ability of 5 selected strains in humans'. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; 65(11): 4949-4956 (2). Doron, S., & Snydman, D. R. (2015). Risk and safety of probiotics. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 60 Suppl 2(Suppl 2), S129–S134.
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Vegetarians and vegans thinking of lowering cholesterol with supplements will be pleased to know that there are some high quality, highly researched options. Optibac specialist live cultures supplement, For Cholesterol, is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is also soy-free, yeast-free, dairy-free & gluten-free.

 If you’re taking supplements to lower cholesterol, you should check with your doctor or the manufacturer to see if they’re suitable to take with statins or cholesterol-lowering medication. Optibac For Cholesterol supplement is perfectly safe to take with any medicines to lower cholesterol, with no risk of side effects. 

The Omega-3 essential fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), has been scientifically researched(1) and validated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)* for its benefits in helping to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. The recommended daily intake of Alpha-linolenic acid is 2g, obtained from food or supplements as a part of a balanced diet.

(1)‘ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels’ EU Register on nutrition and health claims
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Research(1) suggests that natural cholesterol supplements, such as Optibac For Cholesterol, should be taken for a minimum period of three months. For best results, it can be better to take them on an ongoing basis as part of a daily health regime. Live cultures are safe for long-term, ongoing use (2,3).

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. 2. Iannitti, T. and Palmieri, B. (2010). Therapeutical use of probiotic formulations in clinical practice. Clinical Nutrition, 29(6): 701-725. 3. Tomasz, B., Zoran, S., Jarosław, W., Ryszard, M., Marcin, G., Robert, B., Piotr, K., Lukasz, K., Jacek, P., Piotr, G., Przemysław, P., & Michał, D. (2014). Long-term use of probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium has a prophylactic effect on the occurrence and severity of pouchitis: a randomized prospective study. BioMed research international, 2014, 208064.
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 Vitamin B1 (thiamine) has been shown to contribute to the normal functioning of the heart, a benefit which has been validated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)*.

Adults seeking to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and normal heart function might consider taking natural supplements as part of their daily health regime. A safe, natural option is Optibac For Cholesterol, a high-quality specialist supplement in easy-to-take sachets. It contains three highly researched live cultures, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7528, and Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7529,  in combination with added Vitamin B1 (thiamine) and Omega-3 ALA (Alpha linolenic acid).

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