Last Updated on March 27, 2023 by ImmuneshieldAdmin
Plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, are a group of naturally occurring compounds found in plants that are structurally similar to cholesterol in animals. Plant sterols are found in varying concentrations in many types of plants, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Plant sterols have been shown to have a number of health benefits, particularly in the area of cardiovascular health. They can help lower cholesterol levels by competing with cholesterol for absorption in the gut, thereby reducing the amount of cholesterol that enters the bloodstream. Studies have shown that consuming plant sterols on a regular basis can help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels by up to 10-15%.
In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, plant sterols may also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, as well as to improve immune function and cognitive health.