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Plant Sterols Can Help You Lower Your Cholesterol

Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in a similar fashion as the cholesterol drug Zetia. Plant sterols are similar in structure to cholesterol and are found naturally in plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, soybeans, breads, peanuts and peanut products. Sterols are also present in olive and flaxseed oil, as well as tuna.

Evidence suggests that daily intake of plant sterols can reduce one’s serum total and LDL-cholesterol level by an average of 10 -13%. Although the optimum dose of sterols is not clear, a reasonable dose would be 500 mg to several grams daily. You could also increase your intake of these beneficial plant sterols by eating foods high in phytosterols. This would be an alternative for those who don’t tolerate statins or other cholesterol lowering medications, or who choose to use more natural means to lower cholesterol.

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