Plant Sterols may be Toxic to the Heart
Plant Sterols may be Toxic to the Heart , 04-26-2011 11:51 AM

Expert Low-Carber

Saw this recent post on Dr. Briffa's blog.

It's an animal study, so we can't say conclusively, but it does raise questions. I have also read that excessive plant sterols may cause aoritic stenosis. While they may lower cholesterol a bit, I doubt there are any studies showing that plant sterols actually reduce the risk of heart attack based on hard end points.

I think plant sterols may very well become the next trans fat -- promoted for cholesterol, but doing more harm than good.

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RE: Plant Sterols may be Toxic to the Heart , 04-26-2011 09:41 PM


I had no idea. I'm not taking them to lower cholesterol, but I have taken Beta Sitosterol as it supposedly helps with BPH (enlarged prostate). I've took it for about 45 days along with other prostate supplements such as saw palmetto, pumpkin seed oil, stinging nettle, pygeum bark, etc. So after looking at this and other articles on the web I don't think I'll be taking any more of it!

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