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SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control - natural control of cholesterol levels
Cholesterol is a natural fat molecule. It is of immense importance to humans for the construction of cell membranes and production of hormones, bile acids and vitamin D. Excessively high cholesterol levels stress the body and are considered to be a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease. SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control contains lactic acid bacteria that contribute to the maintenance of normal cholesterol levels.
What is cholesterol and how is it produced in the body?
Cholesterol is a natural fat molecule. It is of immense importance to humans for the construction of cell membranes and production of hormones, bile acids and vitamin D. As a vital building block, 75 % of cholesterol is produced by the body itself in the liver. In addition, we take in cholesterol with food. As a result, more cholesterol than is needed by the body can rapidly enter the bloodstream. Cholesterol consists of the quantities of LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides.
LDL-cholesterol is considered to be “bad” cholesterol. Elevated levels of LDL-cholesterol can result in deposits in the blood vessels (atherosclerosis), which has consequences for the cardiovascular system. However, excessive triglycerides can also have an adverse effect on blood vessels.
The counterpart, HDL-cholesterol, is the so-called “good” cholesterol. It transports excess cholesterol away from the blood. Therefore, LDL levels should be as low as possible, while HDL levels should be as high as possible. Cholesterol levels are elevated in 60 % of Germans and it’s time to do something about it.
How does SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control work?
SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control contains a mixture of three patented strains of lactic acid bacteria, which have been shown in studies to have a beneficial effect on elevated cholesterol levels. Taking SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control on a regular basis helps to achieve a natural control of elevated cholesterol levels.
This takes place via three mechanisms:
- Lactic acid bacteria metabolize cholesterol-containing bile acids and thus reduce their return into the cholesterol cycle. The liver now removes more LDL-cholesterol from the blood in order make provide sufficient bile acids available again.
- Lactic acid bacteria bind cholesterol onto their surfaces, thus promoting direct excretion of cholesterol.
- Lactic acid bacteria inhibit the production of new cholesterol in the liver.
SymbioLact® Cholesterol Control increases the number of the bacterial strains Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527, CECT 7528, and CECT 7529. Their efficacy has been proven in scientific studies. The bacteria are protected by the capsule shell when they enter the intestines. They become active as soon as they come into contact with liquid.