phytosterol

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phytosterol

 [fi″to-ste´rol]
a sterol of vegetable origin.

phy·to·ste·rol

(fi'tō-stē'rol),
Generic term for the sterols of plants.

phytosterol

(fī′tō-stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, -stĕr′-)
n.
Any of various sterols, such as stigmasterol, that are derived from plants.

phytosterol

A generic term for cholesterol-like compounds of plant origin, which include plant sterols and stanols.

Alternative medicine
It is alleged that phytosterols reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to their ability to reduce serum cholesterol levels; however, there are few peer-reviewed reports that support this allegation.
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One of these disorders is phytosterolaemia, in which hypercholesterolaemia coexists with an elevated plasma plant sterol concentration.
The diet that the researchers found beneficial included 42 grams of nuts (tree nuts or peanuts), 50 grams of plant protein from soy products or dietary pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils), 20 grams of viscous soluble fiber from oats, barley, psyllium, eggplant, okra, apples, oranges, or berries and two grams of plant sterols from supplements or plant-sterol enriched products per day.
Washington: Eating a diet that includes peanuts, chickpeas, apples and a little amount of plant sterols may lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure, new research has found.
By loading the self-assembled protein with another bioactive compound, such as a plant sterol, you could create a heart-healthy functional material.
You are correct, plant sterols (phytosterols) occur naturally in plants and have become increasingly popular as a way to lower cholesterol.
In fact, natural products with different synergetic lipid-lowering could be combined: they can reduce the absorption of lipids from the bowel and/or increase their excretion (soluble fibers, plant sterols, probiotics), enhance the hepatic uptake of cholesterol (berberine, soybean proteins), inhibit Hydroxy-Methil-Gglutaryl Coenzyme A reductase enzyme and consequently the hepatic synthesis of cholesterol (monacolins, policosanols, allicin, soybean proteins, bergamot); furthermore some products are able to reduce the oxidation of the LDL and increase the thermogenesis and lipid metabolism (chlorogenic acid).
Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol.
Additionally, corn oil has a unique combination of healthy fatty acids and plant sterols, which research suggests helps lower cholesterol.
Plump for plant sterols: There's good evidence that daily use of supplements or yoghurt-style products which contain plant sterols may help.
"Eating a handful of nuts or four tablespoons of olive oil may be a more effective way at reducing risk of a heart attack or stroke and without the side effects," agrees Dr Plump for plant sterols: There's good evidence that daily use of supplements or yoghurt-style products which contain plant sterols may help.