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sterol

 [ster´ol]
any of a group of steroids having long aliphatic side-chains at position 17 and at least one alcoholic hydroxyl group; the sterols have lipidlike solubility. Examples are cholesterol and ergosterol.

ster·ol

(stēr'ol),
A steroid with one OH (alcohol) group; the systematic names contain either the prefix hydroxy- or the suffix -ol, for example, cholesterol, ergosterol.

sterol

/ster·ol/ (ster´ol) any of a group of steroids with a long (8 to 10 carbons) aliphatic side-chain at position 17 and at least one alcoholic group; they have lipidlike solubility.

sterol

(stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, stĕr′-)
n.
Any of a group of predominantly unsaturated solid alcohols of the steroid group, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, found in animals, plants, and fungi, especially as components of cell membranes.

sterol

[stir′ôl]
Etymology: Gk, stereos + Ar, alkohl, essence
a large subgroup of steroidal compounds which consists of a series of fused carbocyclic rings containing a hydroxyl group at position 3 and a branched aliphatic side chain of eight or more carbon atoms at position 17. Kinds of sterols include cholesterol and ergosterol.

ster·ol

(ster'ol)
A steroid with one OH (alcohol) group; the systematic names contain either the prefix hydroxy- or the suffix -ol, e.g., cholesterol, ergosterol.

sterol

a steroid alcohol in which the alcoholic hydroxyl group is attached in position 3, and which has an aliphatic side chain of at least 8 carbon atoms at position 17.

sterol

any steroid, e.g. cholesterol and ergosterol, having long (8-10 carbons) aliphatic side-chains at position 17 and at least one alcoholic hydroxyl group; the sterols have lipid-like solubility.
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8 grams of esterified plant sterols and stanols (in two softgels taken twice daily) with meals.
In addition to the EU Commission, the US FDA has also formally recognised the benefits of plant sterols and sterol esters for their use in helping to lower cholesterol levels.
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The product development team also put great effort into ensuring that the sterol esters deliver the best possible taste and mouthfeel and, as a result, they can be used even in unflavoured dairy products.
Skin sterol was evaluated in 300 patients with proven CAD, 90% of whom were taking statins.
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Further still, a recently introduced supplement containing phytosterols and sterol glucosides claims benefits in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and stress related illness.
Forty years ago, researchers discovered that such natural plant sterols can block the absorption of cholesterol from the diet.
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One proven way to lower cholesterol focuses on sterols and resolving and improving lipid status.

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