Excess cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and affects a large proportion of Spanish citizens. In fact, half of the adult population in Spain has a cholesterol level above 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg / dl), that is, too high.
However, hypercholesterolemia is also one of the most easily preventable cardiovascular risk factors, thanks to healthy habits and a balanced diet. In addition, an aid to lower cholesterol level is also the consumption of probiotics.
Positive effect of probiotics
Probiotics are microorganisms that take care of the liver to consume more cholesterol and thus prevent the level of cholesterol accumulating in the blood, either the low density (LDL) or "bad" as the high density (HDL) or " good".
In general, probiotics aim to act on the intestinal flora and balance the balance between different groups of bacteria. Even so, each type of probiotic has a certain function. In the specific case of cholesterol reduction, bifidobacteria and lactobacillus are the most common.
In fact, dairy products are high in lactobacilli, so, for example, taking yogurt a day, can reduce cholesterol by 5%.
Use of probiotics in daily life
These microorganisms can be a very good complement to a healthy and balanced diet to help reduce cholesterol and even reduce or avoid the use of medications in mild cases.
Anyway, you have to keep in mind you should consume probiotics regularly to make them effective.