How long should I take 'For your cholesterol' for?
We would recommend you take OptiBac 'For your cholesterol' for at least 3 months before re-testing cholesterol levels. It is then best to take this product on an ongoing basis to help maintain normal cholesterol levels.
In order to manage cholesterol levels doctors usually advise to take statins (see Probiotics Learning Lab for more glossary terms) continuously. High cholesterol is a persistent health risk and therefore requires ongoing action. Similarly, complementary practitioners recommend dietary and lifestyle changes as well as taking certain food supplements, on an ongoing basis. ‘For your cholesterol’ is no different and we advise it to be taken permanently on a daily basis for maintenance.
In the clinical trial which was conducted on the strains in ‘For your cholesterol’ the patients were assessed over a 3 month period, hence the recommendation to initially take this product for 3 months. In terms of safety, live cultures are absolutely safe to take on a long term basis, as is the Alpha-linolenic acid in ‘For your cholesterol’. For more information please see - is there a risk of addiction or dependency when taking probiotics?
In fact, not just clinical trials, but also population studies have been conducted on Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Some of these studies have been conducted over decades. Those who consume high amounts of ALA in their diet in the form of walnuts, or flax seeds, or flaxseed oil supplements, such as those found in ‘For your cholesterol’, tend to have favourable cholesterol levels compared to those who do not consume much ALA.
NB: Always follow the advice of your doctor in relation to high cholesterol.