Recommendation from the National Institutes of Health
Plant sterols occur naturally in small amounts in many plants. As with soluble fiber, plant sterols help block the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract, which helps to lower LDL cholesterol — without affecting HDL. Studies show that a daily intake of about 2 grams of sterols reduces LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent — often within weeks. Learn More.
Cholesterol plays a critical role in our bodies: it breaks food down in the digestive tract and extracts nutrients from food for transport into the bloodstream. While it’s helpful in the digestive tract, it’s harmful in large doses in the bloodstream. Studies show that cholesterol can stick to the walls of your arteries over time and significantly increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. One common way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases is to eat a diet high in vegetables and fiber as they include plant sterols.
Plant sterols are compounds naturally found in vegetables, fruits, and nuts that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol. Plant sterols bind to cholesterol, preventing it from being absorbed in the digestive tract. While it’s difficult to get the daily recommended amount of plant sterols through food alone, supplements like Prevalip supplement a healthy diet. Over time, Prevalip reduces your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.