Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 is one of the first probiotics marketed for cholesterol reduction. It is trademarked as the LRC strain or Cardioviva strain.
The strain is thought to have porcine (pig) origins. It was developed by researchers at Micropharma Limited in Canada, but the rights to it were acquired by UAS Laboratories in the US in late 2014.
Micropharma applied for GRAS status in the US and was granted it in February of 2013. The Lactobacillus reuteri species in general has European QPS (Qualified Presumption of Safety) status.
For more information on the specifics of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 3042 strain, including details of what studies have shown, look for "The Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 3042 Guide" coming in the future.
As of this writing (February, 2018), NCIMB 30242 is found in at least four different brands of probiotic supplements to my knowledge. Each of them is shelf-stable but should be stored in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life.
We may soon be seeing this strain in multiple foods and beverages up to 10 billion CFU per serving such as in:
The benefits versus risks of lowering cholesterol have to be considered on a person-by-person basis. Remember that cholesterol is necessary for your body to produce steroid hormones which affect every part of your body. If, howeever, you would like help in lowering your cholesterol through diet and lifestyle changes (which by the way, can be very effective!), consider nutritional consultations with me.
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