Phytosterols, a group of sterol and stanol esters that are naturally found in plant cells, have been shown to assist in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels as well as healthy prostate function[i],[ii]. Being structurally similar to the body’s cholesterol, phytosterols when consumed directly compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive tract. This competition results in a decreased absorption of dietary cholesterol and a reduced blood cholesterol level[iii]. Similarly, phytosterols can bind to the prostate gland in men helping to reduce inflammation[iv],[v].
While phytosterols are naturally present in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, it is only in a limited quantity; the average person consumes less than 500mg of phytosterols per day as part of a healthy diet. This falls well below the 2g of phytosterols recommended for those with high cholesterol by the National Cholesterol Education Program.[vi]
To help meet your phytosterol goals, HTN offers a phytosterol complex containing 1g of phytosterols per serving. This vegan capsule is Non-GMO and allergen free.
Foods containing at least 0.65g per serving of vegetable oil plant sterol esters, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 1.3g, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of HTN’s Ultra Strength Beta Sitosterol supplies 1g (1,000mg) of vegetable oil sterol esters.
[i] Lu, Y, Zhang, J. (2007). Effects of dietary sterols on prostate cancer formation, progression and prevention. AACR Annual Meeting. 67 (9), p14-18.
[ii] Amundsen, A. L., Ntanios, F., Put, N., and Ose, L. Long-term compliance and changes in plasma lipids, plant sterols and carotenoids in children and parents with FH consuming plant sterol ester-enriched spread. Eur.J Clin.Nutr. 2004;58(12):1612-1620.
[iii] Ayesh, R., Weststrate, J. A., Drewitt, P. N., and Hepburn, P. A. Safety evaluation of phytosterol esters. Part 5. Faecal short-chain fatty acid and microflora content, faecal bacterial enzyme activity and serum female sex hormones in healthy normolipidaemic volunteers consuming a controlled diet either with or without a phytosterol ester-enriched margarine. Food Chem Toxicol. 1999;37(12):1127-1138.
[iv] Wilt TJ1, MacDonald R, Ishani A.. (1999). beta-sitosterol for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a systematic review.. BJU International . 83 (9), p976-83.
[v] Dreikorn, K. The role of phytotherapy in treating lower urinary tract symptoms and benign prostatic hyperplasia. World J Urol. 2002;19(6):426-435.
[vi] National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III): Executive Summary. (https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/atp3xsum.pdf) Accessed 1/23/2020
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose, brassicasterol, calcium palmitate and silicon dioxide.
Directions: Adults: Take two (2) VegeCaps three times daily with meals as a dietary supplement or as recommended by your healthcare professional.
Free of: Milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts. NON-GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan.
Caution: Before using any dietary supplement, pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician or health professional.
Keep bottle tightly closed. Store between 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
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