sitosterols

sitosterols

(sī-tŏs′tĕr-ŏls)
A group of similar organic compounds that occur in plants. They contain the steroid nucleus, perhydrocyclopentanophenanthrene. The subgroup beta-sitosterols, which are found in saw palmetto and Prunus africana, are used as herbal treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia and hypercholesterolemia.
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Sitosterols are cholesterol-like compounds found in many plants.
catappa seed oil were mainly Gamma ([gamma]) sitosterol and beta ([beta]) sitosterol (Table 4).