A new study shows that drinking 80 mL of a milk product containing the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis daily for 45 days significantly reduces body mass index, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol in people with existing metabolic syndrome, a combination of conditions that increases a person's risk for heart attack and stroke. These results suggest that taking Bifidobacteria might help reduce obesity, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce overall heart disease risk.
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