Synonyms: Plant sterols, phytosterols
What is Beta Sitosterol?
Beta sitosterol is a type of phystosterol. Phytosterols are compounds found in plant matter which mimic the body’s cholesterol in its structure.
Phytosterols can be found naturally in foods such as fat spreads, margarins, palm oil, and other plant oils. Here is a more in-depth list.
Beta Sitosterol Benefits
The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) in Brazil, allows food product to claim the following if food products contain at least 0.8 grams (800 mg) of phytosterols:
“Phytosterols help reduce the absorption of cholesterol. Their consumption must be associated with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.”
Phytosterols work by reducing the amount of cholesterol absorbed in the gut:
Take 1 gram of beta sitosterol up to two times daily as needed.
Each 1000 mg serving contains approximately:
471 mg beta sitosterol
270 mg campesterol
230 mg stigmasterol