A Powerful Heart Nutrient That Lowers Cholesterol, beta-sitosterol has an excellent track record in lowering cholesterol.
Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels up to 10% or more by reducing intestinal absorption. The reduction of cholesterol levels appears to be because beta-sitosterol blocks absorption of cholesterol.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a claim regarding beta-sitosterol that reads as follows:
"Products containing a least 400 mg per serving of plant sterols and stanols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily intake of at least 800 mg, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."
Beta-sitosterol is one of several plant sterols found in almost all plants. High levels are found in rice bran, wheat germ, corn oil, and soybeans.
Peanuts and its products, such as peanut oil, peanut butter, and peanut flour, are good sources of plant sterols, particularly beta-sitosterol. When purchasing peanut butter be sure to get the all natural organic product with no trans fats.
Health benefits of beta sitosterol are numerous and include lowering LDL cholesterol, supporting immune system function, heart health, and prostate health.
Beta Sitosterol has been effective in reducing symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH which is a common condition of men over age 50.
Another excellent that you should check out is policosanol. It has been shown to improve HDL cholesterol and lower ldl cholesterol...and without the side effects that are so common with statin drugs.
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