New fat-buster pill shows promise for controlling bad cholesterol
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/09/2012 -- A new pill has scientists excited, as the new fat-buster seems to also prevent the clogging of patients’ arteries.
The new ‘wonderpill’ utilizes a micro-organism, a friendly bacteria that many already take in the form of yogurt drink and dietary supplements.
It appears that just two capsules that possess enough healthy bacteria to slash cholesterol in the body (when taken per day).
In an study presented to the American Heart Association, a McGill University of Montreal team stated that the treatment used probiotics, which are living microorganisms present in the stomach and gut.
Dr. Mitchell Jones, who was lead author of the study, stated that the treatments are gaining increasing attention as the supplementing of ‘friendly’ bacteria seems to play an increasingly positive role in items like heart disease.
Dr. Jones’ team has recently investigated whether or not the same bacteria that lowers ‘bad cholesterol’ can have a positive effect on cutting blood levels of the molecules of cholesterol attached to fatty acids. The combination of the molecules and fatty acid are linked to risks of particular cardiovascular disease.
The researchers tracked molecules of cholesterol that were bound to saturated fat, denoting dangerous plaque that builds up and is linked to heart complications.
Jones’ research team is the first to show that probiotic formulations can cut the molecules of fat-linked cholesterol.
Dr. Jones said: “Most dietary cholesterol management products require consumption between two to 25g a day.”
British Heart Foundation’s Victoria Taylor stated: “This is a relatively small piece of research and it’s still some way off before we could recommend probiotic supplements to help people with high cholesterol.
“In the meantime, reducing levels of saturated fat as part of a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of controlling cholesterol and cutting your risk of heart disease.”
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