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Beta Sitosterol

Studies Show That Beta-Sitosterol is
Effective in Lowering Cholesterol

Beta-sitosterol is the most studied, most proven, and most effective way we’ve found to lower Total and LDL cholesterol. Medical journal studies actually date back 50 years, yet most people have never even heard of it.

How something so studied, proven, effective and well known to the scientific and medical community has stayed outside of public knowledge is hard to believe.

You will notice that expensive prescriptions, patented and very profitable drugs have been heavily advertised and promoted and are now listed as best sellers. Even so its hard to believe something so studied, proven, effective and well known to the scientific and medical community has stayed outside of public knowledge.

Beta sitosterol sells for a mere fraction of
the cost of a statin medication

One logical reason here is just no profit in a natural, unpatentable, non-prescription plant extract you can get from sugar cane pulp. Cholesterol medications sell for $80-135 for a months supply. Beta sitosterol sells for a mere fraction of the cost of a statin medication, so naturally the big pharmaceuticals have little profit motive to promote beta-sitosterol. Even if you research vitamin catalogs it is not easy to find good beta-sitosterol supplements with realistic amounts of sterols.

One heavily advertised brand that sells for a high price has only 60 capsules containing a mere 30 mg apiece. You would have to take at least 10 capsules a day to get the benefits you need. You can find brands containing 300 mg with 60 capsules if you look around or search the Internet under “beta-sitosterol”. Here is one of the top selling product with the correct amounts of beta sitolsterol plus several other recommended cholesterol lowering ingredients.

Studies Showing Beta-sitosterol is
Effective in lowering Cholesterol

Men And Women Can Lower Total Cholesterol a Full 15% and LDL Cholesterol a Full 19% in Less Than a Month”

At Uppsala University in Sweden (Eur. Heart J. Supp. 1, 1999, p. S80-S90) the doctors wanted to give the volunteers the phytosterols in conjunction with a cholesterol lowering diet to see the results of a more comprehensive lifestyle program. The results were really impressive in that the men and women lowered total cholesterol a full 15% and LDL cholesterol a full 19% in less than a month. This shows very dramatic results you can get with just adding some reasonable dietary changes even without any exercise program at all.

Effective Means of Improving Circulating Lipid Profile to Reduce Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

At McGill University in Montreal (Can. J. Physiol. Pharmacol. 75, 1997, p. 217-27) doctors did a review of the literature on beta-sitosterol and cholesterol metabolism. They researched in detail 18 major studies that used Beta sitosterol to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. They concluded, “the addition of phytosterols (Beta–sitosterol) to a diet represents an effective means of improving circulating lipid profiles to reduce risk of coronary heart disease.” This study came complete with forty high quality references and left no doubt about the effectiveness of Beta-sitosterol on humans.

A 10% Reduction in Total Cholesterol and a
13% Reduction In LDL Cholesterol.

The best study of all was a review from the University of British Columbia (American Journal of Medicine 107, 1999, p. 588-94). This study included 86 references, and went over seventeen different human studies using plant sterols (beta-sotosterol) to lower cholesterol since 1951 (Proceedings of the Society for Biological Medicine 78, 1951, p. 143-7). A total of 590 men and women were used in these studies with beta-sotosterol therapy resulting in an average of 10% reduction in total cholesterol and a 13% reduction in LDL cholesterol. They found this worked best in high-fat diets; the worse the diet the better the results.

 At McGill University (Metabolism Clinic Experiments 47, 1998, p. 751-6) patients on a fixed diet were given plant sterols from pine oil for a mere ten days in a strict, randomized crossover study. This was not a low fat or low cholesterol diet at all. They successfully lowered both their total cholesterol and LDL levels in this short-term placebo controlled, beta-sotosterol experiment. They concluded that these results demonstrate the short term efficacy of pine oil plant sterols as cholesterol lowering agents.”


Cholesterol Levels Lowered with no Change in Diet or Exercise.

A very interesting study was done at the Center for Human Nutrition in France (Ann. Nutr. Metab. 39, 1995, p. 291-5) in that healthy people with normal cholesterol levels were given beta-sitosterol to see if their normal levels could be lowered even further. Amazingly enough the healthy people lowered their normal cholesterol levels even more with no change in diet or exercise. In fact, they were a full 10% lower in only a month.

This kind of effect is really fascinating. They said, “The present results may be of great interest in the prevention of high cholesterol diet-associated risks, especially in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Since beta-sitosterol was so effective for people who didn’t even need it, think what it will do for those people who do need to lower their blood lipids. They concluded, “These findings suggest that a significant lowering of total plasma and LDL cholesterol can be effected by a modest dietary intake of beta-sitosterol.

Significant Reductions in Cholesterol as Well as Lower LDL Levels in Only Three Weeks

A vital study was done at the Wageningen Agricultural Institute in the Netherlands, the same clinic that did so much good research on trans fatty acids (Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 72, 2000, p. 1510-5). They gave men and women a margarine containing plant sterols that led to very significant reductions in cholesterol as well as lower LDL levels in only three weeks. Why a clinic would give margarine to people after studying the negative effects of hydrogenated oils is another matter. Again, these were healthy subjects with normal cholesterol levels, yet they still obtained great benefits very quickly with no change in diet or exercise.

Beta Sitosterol

10% Decrease in Total Cholesterol and 13% Decrease in LDL Cholesterol Levels

At the University of British Columbia at their St. Paul’s Hospital (American Journal of Medicine 107 (1999) p. 588-94) a very impressive review was done complete with 86 references of using plant sterols used to lower total cholesterol and LDL levels. They said of the recent research, “In 16 recently published human studies that used phytosterols to decrease plasma cholesterol levels in a total of 590 subjects, phytosterol therapy was accompanied by an average 10% decrease in total cholesterol and 13% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels.” This is the best review to date and should convince anyone of the effectiveness of sterols over cholesterol drugs.

Measurable Results in Only Five Days.

At the University of Kagawa in Tokyo two studies were done. The first was done on healthy young men who were given beta-sotosterol for only five days. In this short time their cholesterol levels fell measurably (Joshi Eiyo Daigaku Kiyo 14, 1983, p. 165-72). The second study was done on healthy young women (same journal 15, 1984 p. 11-18) again giving them beta-sotosterol plant sterols for only five days. “Administration of phytosterol (mainly sitosterol) increased the output of fecal cholesterol.” These were all healthy young Japanese people eating a traditional low-fat diet who did not have a cholesterol problem to begin with, yet they received measurable results in only five days.

42% Decrease in Cholesterol Absorption

At the University of California in San Diego men were isolated in a hospital ward and fed 500 mg of cholesterol and then beta-sitosterol supplements (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 35, 1982, p. 697-700). This resulted in a 42% decrease in cholesterol absorption in the intestines. They said, “Evidently, the judicious addition of beta-sitosterol to meals containing cholesterol rich foods will result in a decrease in cholesterol absorption with a consequent decrease in plasma cholesterol.”

More Cholesterol Excreted than Absorbed

The University of Helsinki took a big interest in lowering cholesterol with plant sterol therapy back in 1988. The first study (Clinical Chimica Acta 178, p. 41-9) studied familial (genetic) hypercholesteremia. The higher the sterol levels they found in the patients blood the more cholesterol was excreted rather than absorbed. The second study was in 1989 (Metabolism Clinical Experiments 38, p. 136-40). Men were studied again for blood levels of sterols and they found that the higher the levels of sterols the more cholesterol was excreted successfully. The third study in 1994 (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59, p. 1338-46) studied vegetarians who eat twice as many plant sterols as normal people. This showed that one reason vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels besides the food they eat, is the efficiency of their cholesterol excretion due to their intakes of plant sterols. In the last study in 1999 (Current Opinion Lipidology 10, p. 9-14) they said, “Plant sterols may be useful for the treatment of hyper-cholesteremia…they may have a potent cholesterol lowering effect as shown in normal and hypercholesteremic men and women with and without coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus.”

We could go on all day with studies like these from well known clinics and hospitals like the University of Hamburg, University of Oregon, Johns Hopkins University, Rockefeller University, and others around the world. The research is so extensive and wide ranging over the last 30 years that it is hard to find and count all of these studies.

One final note: Many studies have been done in other areas of illness that suggest beta-sitosterol may have great potential in other areas such as prostate disease, diabetes, blood clotting, ulcers, and cancer.

If you agree that beta sitosterol is effective and want to incorporate this amazing all natural plant based supplement into your cholesterol lowering program here is one of the top selling products with the correct amounts of beta-sitolsreol plus several other highly recommended cholesterol lowering ingredients.

One final note: Many studies have been done in other areas of illness that suggest beta-sitosterol may have great potential in other areas such as prostate disease, diabetes, blood clotting, ulcers, and cancer.

Plant Sterol Pills Significantly Lower LDL Cholesterol
Great news…Only it’s about Three Years Late!

HealthyChoiceNews March 12 2006.- A pill containing plant substances called sterols can help lower cholesterol, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The researchers studied patients who already were eating a heart-healthy diet and taking statin drugs to control cholesterol. The addition of plant sterols helped further lower total cholesterol and contributed to nearly 10 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol. Results of the study were published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Editor’s note: Our readers have known about the cholesterol lowering benefits of plant sterols since 2003, when we introduced Cholesterol Care™. We brought this product to the market based on several extensive studies we learned about from Europe. Each daily dose of Cholesterol Care contains 300mg of beta-sitosterol, a safe natural plant sterol extract which based on earlier research lowers LDL by 14-22% in a matter of weeks. We combined beta-sitosterol with four other well established natural ingredients to create the most powerful and cost effective natural cholesterol treatment on the market today. Our sales have skyrocketed as more people abandon dangerous statin drugs in favor of an affordable natural high cholesterol solution. If you know someone experiencing a cholesterol problem or who may be having some of the many side effects of statins like Lipitor or Crestor refer them to our Cholesterol Care page.



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