For Cholesterol

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Who is it for?

For Cholesterol is a high-quality friendly bacteria supplement specially formulated for those concerned about their cholesterol levels. With Omega 3 Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to support the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and added Vitamin B1 to support heart function.  Now in delicious vanilla flavour.

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Optibac Probiotics Strains

  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527
  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7528
  • Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7529

Added nutrients

  • Vitamin B1
  • Alpha-linolenic acid
  • Product Description

  • How To Use

  • Ingredients

  • Help & Advice

  • Reviews

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  • Product Description

    Friendly bacteria with ALA for cholesterol

    Key Benefits

    • Highly researched strains – Optibac For Cholesterol contains three well-researched friendly bacteria strains at a combined strength of 1.2 billion live cultures per sachet
    • With Omega-3 for your cholesterol – contains 300mg alpha-linolenic acid (a form of Omega-3) shown to help to maintain normal cholesterol levels (as part of the 2g recommended daily intake of ALA in a balanced diet)
    • Now with Vitamin B1 – our brand-new formulation also includes Vitamin B1 to support heart function
    • Scientifically proven – high-quality live cultures strains shown to survive stomach acidity and reach the gut alive
    • For daily use – recommended for daily use for at least three months or on an ongoing basis
    • Natural and vegan – now suitable for vegans, this supplement is safe to take alongside statins or cholesterol-lowering medication* with no risk of undesirable side effects
    • Easy to use – new one-a-day formula; the delicious vanilla-flavoured powder can be taken alone or mixed into cool, non-acidic food or drink, with no need for refrigeration
    • Highly recommended - from the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements, as determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+

    *Do not stop or reduce the dose of your cholesterol lowering medication without the support of your doctor.

    New & Improved

    We’ve updated this supplement to a sachet form with added vitamin B1 to support the maintenance of a normal cholesterol levels. Now in a delicious vanilla flavour.

    Existing customers can continue to use it just as before.

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  • How To Use

    Recommended use

    Natural food supplement suitable for adults with the following recommendations:

    • Take 1 sachet daily, preferably with breakfast
    • Product is orosoluble, so may be taken directly into the mouth
    • If preferred, product may be dissolved in water and consumed immediately
    • For best results take daily for at least three months.
    • Do not exceed recommended daily dosage.
    • Safe to take alongside statins or cholesterol lowering medication*.

    * Do not stop or reduce the dose of your cholesterol lowering medication without the support of your doctor.


    Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C and out of direct sunlight.

    Customer Questions

    All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.

    For how long should I take Optibac For Cholesterol?

    It’s recommended to take our natural supplement For Cholesterol over a minimum period of three months. In a clinical trial, the three strains in For Cholesterol, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7528 and Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7529, were administered daily for 3 months1. For best results, however, it’s best to take it on an ongoing basis. Live cultures are considered to be safe for long-term use2 and ongoing use is recommended for the support of various health conditions3.

    Who should take Optibac For Cholesterol?

    Optibac For Cholesterol is a high-quality specialist supplement designed for adults seeking to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and normal heart function. It contains three highly researched friendly bacteria strains with added vitamin B1 (thiamine) and Omega-3 ALA (alpha linolenic acid).

    The all-natural live cultures powder has a delicious vanilla flavour and is presented in easy-to-take stick sachets. The powder can be poured directly into the mouth, so no need to mix with liquids.

    Is Optibac For Cholesterol suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

    Yes, absolutely! Optibac For Cholesterol is now suitable to be taken by vegetarians and vegans. It is also soy-free, yeast-free, dairy-free & gluten-free (suitable for those with coeliac disease) so should be appropriate for most diets.

    Can I take friendly bacteria with statins?

    It is safe to take Optibac For Cholesterol at the same time as statins or cholesterol-lowering medication, with no risk of undesirable side effects. 

    Can Omega-3 help lower cholesterol?

    The Omega-3 essential fatty acid, Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), has undergone numerous clinical trials demonstrating its efficacy at helping to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels, and the ability of this particular Omega-3 to support healthy cholesterol levels has been validated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)*. The beneficial effects of Alpha-linolenic acid are obtained with a daily intake of 2g, as a part of a balanced diet.

    Is thiamine good for the heart?

    Vitamin B1 (thiamine) has been shown to contribute to the normal functioning of the heart. The ability of this particular vitamin to support heart health has been validated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)*.

    Are live cultures safe?

    With very few exceptions, live cultures are extremely safe supplements for most people to take from birth into old age 5,6. There are only a few individuals for whom friendly bacteria may not be appropriate, such as adults or children who are immune-compromised – please see our safety information for more details. If you have any serious health condition, you should always speak to your doctor before taking any natural supplement.


    Live cultures are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.

    This is a food supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Probiotic supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and varied diet. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.


    1. Fuentes, et al. (2013) Cholesterol-lowering efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 7527, 7528 and 7529 in hypercholesterolaemic adults. Br. J. Nutr. 109, 10. 1866-72.
    2. Iannitti, T. and Palmieri, B. (2010). Therapeutical use of probiotic formulations in clinical practice. Clinical Nutrition, 29(6): 701-725.
    3. Tomasz, B., Zoran, S., Jarosław, W., Ryszard, M., Marcin, G., Robert, B., Piotr, K., Lukasz, K., Jacek, P., Piotr, G., Przemysław, P., & Michał, D. (2014). Long-term use of probiotics Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium has a prophylactic effect on the occurrence and severity of pouchitis: a randomized prospective study. BioMed research international, 2014, 208064.
    4. ‘ALA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels’ EU Register on nutrition and health claims
    5. Jacobsen et al. (1999). 'Screening of probiotic activities of 47 strains of Lactobacillus spp. by in vitro techniques and evaluation of the colonisation ability of 5 selected strains in humans'. Applied and Environmental Microbiology; 65(11): 4949-4956
    6. Doron, S., & Snydman, D. R. (2015). Risk and safety of probiotics. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 60 Suppl 2(Suppl 2), S129–S134.

  • Ingredients


    Bulking agents: sorbitol, corn fibre; Alpha-linolenic acid (300mg); sweetener: xylitol; anti-caking agent: organic rice fibre; Live cultures: Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7527, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7528, Lactobacillus plantarum CECT7529; vanilla flavouring; Vitamin B1 (0.22mg, 20% NRV) * Nutrient Reference Value

    Each sachet guarantees 1.2 billion live cultures.

    The beneficial effects of Alpha-linolenic acid are obtained with a daily intake of 2g, as a part of a balanced diet.


    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian
    • No dairy
    • Gluten free
    • Soy free
    • Suitable in pregnancy
    • Suitable for breastfeeding
    • GMO free
    • Free from artificial colourings and preservatives
    • No chemicals or parabens

    Following the taxonomic updates issued by a global team of scientists and published in April 2020, which look more closely at the Lactobacillus genus, a reclassification has been advised for the Lactobacillus plantarum species. The active ingredients in For Cholesterol may therefore also now be referred to as Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7527, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7528 and Lactiplantibacillus plantarum subp. plantarum CECT 7529.

  • Help & Advice

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  • Reviews

    Customer reviews

    • I eat very healthily so was very surprised to have my cholesterol flagged as an area of mild concern (borderline levels) by my doctor after a routine blood test. I didn't want to take any medication so thought I would try For Cholesterol and took it for 3 months as recommended. It's really easy to take every morning with my breakfast (I just pop it into cool water) and it tastes lovely, so I will be including it as part of my everyday health maintenance regime going forward.

      Lynne - 6th July 2022

    • Wow, I am super impressed with this product. I have been taking it for 3 months and I am so amazed. It even tastes great. Thank you

      JOANNE MATTHEWS - 22nd March 2022

    • I’ve been taking these capsules for almost 2 years. My cholesterol is borderline so I thought it would be good to try these with the combined benefit of live cultures. The last time I had a blood test my figures were slightly down so I am more than happy to continue using Optibac in conjunction with a diet that supports Optibacs benefits to my overall health and well being.

      Bernie Lazenbury - 24th August 2020

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