Plants contain compounds that are chemically similar to cholesterol, called plant sterols, which are part of plant cell membranes. The most abundant plant sterol or phytosterol is beta-sitosterol. Plant sterols may look like cholesterol; however, they do not have any destructive effects on health. In fact, plant sterols have been found to help improve the health of the heart, as well as benefit the prostate and the immune system.
Plant sterols have cholesterol-lowering properties. They appear to inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol. Beta-sitosterol inhibits intestinal absorption of cholesterol by competing for the limited space Continue reading “Keep Your Heart Healthy With Plant Sterols”Read More