whether the probiotic Cardioviva (CAR-dee-oh-VEE-vuh) lowers cholesterol

Patients are asking whether the probiotic Cardioviva (CAR-dee-oh-VEE-vuh) lowers cholesterol.

Cardioviva seems to lower LDL by 8% to 11%...similar to the modest reductions seen with cholestyramine, psyllium (Metamucil, etc), and phytosterols (Benecol, CholestOff, etc).

Some probiotics are thought to reduce the absorption of fat and cholesterol by breaking up bile salts in the intestine.

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