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Plant Sterol Complex

Plant Sterol Complex

Plant sterols, also known as avenasterols, are a group of substances that are made from plants and can be found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oil. They are also available in the form of margarine spreads, orange juice, granola bars, and cereals. Plant sterols are commonly used to lower cholesterol levels.

Overall Health Benefits of Plant Sterol Complex

  • Lowers cholesterol levels [1-24]
  • Speeds up wound healing [25-26]
  • Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease [27-37]
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and boosts cognitive health [38-41]
  • Prevents cancer [42-54]

How Plant Sterol Complex Works

Plant sterols are the same as cholesterol with regards to structure. They might help lower your cholesterol levels by limiting the production of cholesterol. They can also control the amount of cholesterol that enters your body.

Proven Health Benefits of Plant Sterol Complex

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

An overwhelming body of clinical evidence suggests that plant sterols can be beneficial in patients with elevated cholesterol levels:

  1. In patients with type 2 diabetes, treatment with plant sterols significantly reduced total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. [1]
  2. A study showed that plant sterols can help reduce cholesterol levels through its antioxidant effects. [2]
  3. In diabetic and non-diabetic persons with high cholesterol levels, administration with plant sterols for 21 days significantly reduced LDL-cholesterol concentrations compared with baseline. [3]
  4. Studies show that foods enriched with plant sterols can effectively reduce blood cholesterol levels in patients with high cholesterol. [4-23]
  5. In diabetic patients, consumption of plant sterols significantly reduced blood cholesterol levels. [24]

Speeds up Wound Healing

Plant sterols have also been found to accelerate the wound healing process through various mechanisms:

  1. A study showed that plant sterols contain compounds that can help with blood vessel formation, an essential process in wound healing. [25]
  2. In rabbits, plant sterols administration enhanced wound healing 15% faster than the commercial cream. [26]

Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Numerous studies suggest that plant sterols can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving cholesterol levels and other health parameters:

  1. A study showed that plant sterols are considered safe and consistently effective in lowering blood cholesterol. [27]
  2. A study showed that plant sterols/stanols caused significant inhibition of cholesterol absorption and lower LDL-C levels by between 8 and 10%. [28]
  3. Studies also found that higher dietary intake of plant sterols was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with high cholesterol levels. [29-35]
  4. Studies also reported that plant sterols have the ability to prevent the formation of plaques within the heart arteries. [36-37]

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Boosts Cognitive Health

Studies also suggest that plant sterols can help protect against cognitive dysfunction and AD:

  1. A study showed that plant sterols can help lower one’s risk of AD by preventing the formation of abnormal protein structures in the brain. [38]
  2. A study also showed that reducing brain cholesterol or replacing it with plant sterols that pass in the blood brain barrier can help prevent the development of AD. [39]
  3. In mice, oral administration of plant sterols reduced the prevalence of AD. [40]
  4. A study also found that plant sterols can treat memory loss associated with AD. [41]

Prevents Cancer

There’s a good deal of evidence that supports the anti-cancer properties of plant sterols:

  1. A study showed that plant sterols can help protect against breast cancer. [42]
  2. A review of several studies found that low consumption of plant sterols was associated with a higher risk of cancer. [43]
  3. Plant sterols have also been found to reduce the growth of various cancer cells including breast, prostate, and liver. [44]
  4. Higher intake of plant sterols from vegetables and fruits has also been found to reduce the risk of gastric cancer. [45]
  5. In rats, plant sterols protected against chemically-induced colon tumor. [46]
  6. A cell study found that plant sterols inhibited the growth of human prostate cancer cells. [47]
  7. In human breast cancer cells, treatment with plant sterols induced programmed cell death. [48]
  8. In rats, plant sterol administration significantly reduced the growth of tumors. [49-52]
  9. A study reported that plant sterols prevented cancer development by lowering cholesterol levels. [53-54]

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