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Sitosterols - How plants can lower cholesterol

There are many types of sterols found in nature. Different plants and animals may manufacture different sterols, each with its specific chemical attributes. Many of these attributes may be beneficial to man, and science is continually testing these compounds to discover any benefits that they may offer humans and other animals. Beta-Sitosterol (sitosterol) is an example of how a chemical from another life form can benefit humans. Sitosterol is a sterol found in many plants,and when consumed, they are poorly absorbed by the intestine. Sitosterol has the ability to block cholesterol receptors in the small intestine and thus, inhibit the uptake of dietary cholesterol. This is beneficial to those who are prone to higher than normal levels of cholesterol.

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