- Reduces intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol.
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, making it an ideal complement to other heart supplements.
- Delivers 2.5 billion microorganisms per capsule.
Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic supplement in delayed-release capsules, that offers significant benefits for cardiovascular health as well as reducing cholesterol, now available to buy at Supersmart.
The human gastrointestinal tract contains about 100 trillion bacteria which form a vital interface between the genome and the environment. Potentially weighing up to 2 kilos, these bacteria are collectively known as microbiota and research increasingly shows they play a more significant role in overall health than we could have imagined. Among the thousand or so recorded species of probiotic bacteria - living micro-organisms that have evolved in the human body - are lactic bacteria of which bifidobacteria, lactococcus, streptococcus and lactobacillus are sub-categories.
Researchers are now discovering just how important probiotics are for human health as a whole, their benefits extending well beyond those associated with the digestive and immune systems. Animal research and now clinical studies have demonstrated that ‘condition-specific’ probiotic supplements are fast-acting and effective for certain metabolic diseases and are also free from side effects.
L. reuteri produces an enzyme called BSH (bile salt hydrolase). This reduces intestinal absorption of dietary cholesterol which is then excreted in stools. Like all fats, cholesterol requires conjugated bile acids in order to be absorbed. Taking L. reuteri increases the excretion of cholesterol in stools by breaking the chemical bonds of conjugated bile acids.
A second mechanism, and the subject of new research, could also play a part in reducing both cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease. As well as being reservoirs for excess cholesterol, bile acids are also powerful signalling molecules that regulate cholesterol metabolism via the action of farnesoid X receptor (FXR). When conjugated bile acids break apart - in the presence of L. reuteri - that signalling is modulated, accelerating the breakdown and subsequent excretion of cholesterol and in addition, limiting the reabsorption of cholesterol from the intestine.
Lactobacillus reuteri thus marks the start of a new era of probiotics, with effects that extend beyond the intestinal tract, helping to eradicate important physiological disorders in a totally safe, natural and inexpensive way. With its overall effect on cardiovascular health, L. reuteri is proving to be an ideal complement to other heart health supplements such as phytosterols, fish oils, soya or soluble fibre.
However, in terms of activity, 100mg of Lactobacillus reuteri (1 capsule) will suffice whereas you would need to supplement daily with 2g of phytosterols, 4g of fish oils, at least 10g of fibre or 50g of soya to obtain the same efficacy. Each capsule provides 2.5 billion microorganisms encapsulated using new technology, DR Caps™ - delayed-release capsules. Intake of Lactobacillus reuteri is therefore optimal because it is absorbed in the small intestine where it passes directly into the bloodstream, without coming into contact with destructive stomach acids. DR Caps™ are certified 100% vegetarian and contain no synthetic coatings.
Buy Lactobacillus reuteri to support cardiovascular health.
|Daily dose : 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Amount per dose|
(5 billion microorganisms)
|Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran.|
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