Plant sterols and stanols get some official backing by the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) to support healthy cholesterol levels for certain people.
Phytosterols and phytostanols are plant compounds that have a chemical structure similar to cholesterol. Many people use plant sterols and stanols to help manage and support healthy cholesterol levels. Some do this knowingly by taking a supplement and some unknowingly in the food they eat.
The EAS has officially come out in support of 2 grams of plant sterols or stanols per day to help manage cholesterol in people who have moderate heart disease risk and are on a statin.
Of course, this goes along with the “lifestyle measures” that most people are reluctant to pursue- you know…proper diet, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, etc. They apparently have also stated phytosterols and phytostanols can be considered for those who are statin intolerant. There are several potential “issues” with statins that are beyond the scope of this post. I have posted about some of them here and here.
Here is what WebMD has to say about consuming plant sterols & stanols for cholesterol (especially LDL-cholesterol) health management – http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/low-cholesterol-diet-plant-sterols-stanols.
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