What Is beta-Sitostanol & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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You can find beta-Sitostanol in Olive oil

beta-Sitostanol is a member of the class of phytosterols belonging to the family of sterols.

Stanols are hydrogenated products of sterols, which means that beta-Sitostanol is a plant stanol that is the fully hydrogenated product of beta-sitosterol.

Plant stanols and sterols are important components of plant cell membranes.

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beta-Sitostanol Is A Sterol

beta-Sitostanol is a naturally occurring sterol with an unusual chemical structure.

It is produced by the hydrolysis of plant sterols and is widely consumed as a food additive to lower serum cholesterol levels.

beta-Sitostanol is a plant sterol often found in small amounts in plant oils. (source)

Sterols are the plant equivalent of cholesterol. Sterols block the absorption of cholesterol from the intestinal tract. (source )

beta-Sitostanol Supplements

beta-Sitostanol is the most common stanol and can often be found in supplements that are sold over the counter. (source )

beta-Sitostanol supplements are derived from natural resources and have been shown to have cholesterol-lowering and cholesterol-regulating effects, as well as to lower plasma triglyceride levels.

Foods You Can Find beta-Sitostanol In

You find beta-Sitostanol mostly in fats and oil products.

Examples of food sources include

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