Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, recently published a study that found cholesterol metabolism to be regulated by bacteria in the small intestine—findings they believe could be important for the development of new drugs for cardiovascular disease….
“If future research can identify the specific bacteria that affect FXR signaling in the gut, this could lead to new ways to treat diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Bäckhed.
From what we can tell, it sounds like the researchers are finding that normal bacteria in the gut can reduce the amount of bile acids our body makes. Bile acids, of course, are made from cholesterol.
So if researchers can find a way to accelerate this process, then our own gut bacteria can eliminate excess cholesterol!
If you’re already taking a probiotic, don’t forget to take a prebiotic as well!