PHYTOSTEROLS AND THE HEALTH
Phytosterols are a family of compounds similar to cholesterol, which have been shown to lower cholesterol levels when supplemented in the diet. A daily dose of 2–3 g of phytosterols has been shown to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by 5–15%. They can be consumed in the form of phytosterol enriched functional foods or nutraceutical preparations. Increasing the number of phytosterols consumed in a variety of foods may be an important way of reducing cholesterol levels and preventing coronary heart disease.
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