Phytostanol Supplements for Lowering Cholesterol
Dietary Supplements for Lowering Cholesterol?
A study published in the research journal, Lipids, explored the effect of phytostanol supplements on lowering cholesterol. In this study, phytostanol supplementation actually lowered LDL cholesterol by 8%.
“Plant sterols, incorporated into spreads and other food sources, have been shown to lower serum cholesterol concentrations.”
“Phytostanol supplementation resulted in a significant decrease in total cholesterol (TC) (-8%) and LDL-cholesterol (-9%). There were no alterations in concentrations of HDL-cholesterol or TG. Nor were the ratios of LDL/HDL or TC/HDL altered significantly. Thus, use of phytostanol ester softgel supplements improved serum total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations in hypercholesterolemic individuals.”
- Woodgate D, Chan CH, Conquer JA. Cholesterol-lowering ability of a phytostanol softgel supplement in adults with mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia. Lipids. 2006 Feb;41(2):127-32.