Sterols are present naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, vegetable oils and other plant sources. Stanols occur in even smaller quantities in many of the same sources. Phytosterols (plant sterols and stanols) are parts of plant membranes. Why should you care about phytosterols? Research shows a link between consuming phytosterols and lower cholesterol levels. The most common Phytosterols are beta-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. Humans can not obtain enough Phytosterols from the diet alone, as they begin to break down about eight hours after the plant is harvested. Further processing such as cooking, freezing and preserving destroy most of the Plant Sterols before the foods are eaten. Even in vegetarians, levels of Phytosterols in the blood are not as high as levels of cholesterol. In order to obtain the health benefits of Phytosterols, a highly digestible supplement is required.
Benefit of Phytosterols - Cholesterol Reduction
Phytosterols may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels. Because they have very low systemic absorption and are already present in healthy diets, increasing the intake of phytosterols may be a practical way to reduce coronary heart disease with minimum risk. Foods containing phytosterols have been shown to help cut cholesterol, and the US Food and Drug Administration has endorsed these products "as part of a dietary strategy to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
What is their role in reducing cholesterol?
Consuming foods with phytosterols may help block the absorption of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your body. In turn, this helps prevent coronary heart disease which is responsible for 40 percent of all deaths in the United States. Phytosterols do not naturally occur in our bodies, so we need to consume them through the foods we eat.
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calcium 60mg 6%
Phytosterol Complex Yielding: 937mg *
Beta-Sitosterol 375mg *
Campesterol 187mg *
Stigmasterol 131mg *
* Daily Value not established
Other Ingredients: dibasic calcium phosphate, silica, magnesium stearate, modified cellulose gum, and stearic acid.
Warning: If you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult your health care professional before using this product.
Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children.
Suitable for vegetarians.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.