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Phytosterols: One Research-Backed Benefit & One Side-Effect

Phytosterols are plant- sterols structurally similar to cholesterol that acts in the intestine to lower cholesterol absorption.

Clinical studies indicate that intake of phytosterols is associated with a reduction in levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, LDL.

But there is no evidence that they reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. On the contrary, some studies suggest an increased risk.

In this article, we list claims of potential benefits and/or side-effects of phytosterols that we have found research on. Every claim is listed with all of its sources. We get these claims from our Nutrition Tool.

We also have an article about phytosterols named What Are Phytosterols? if you're interested in learning more.

Research-Backed Beneficial Claims Of Phytosterols

These are some of the potential research-backed health benefits of phytosterols.

1. Cholesterol

Phytosterols - Cholesterol

About this claim

Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body needs to build cells. Research has shown that there are some nutrients that might be beneficial for your cholesterol in a variety of ways.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 26 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

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Research-Backed Side-Effects Of Phytosterols

These are some of the potential research-backed side-effects of phytosterols.

1. Cardiovascular Disease

Phytosterols - Cardiovascular Disease

About this claim

Cardiovascular diseases is the number one cause of death worldwide. Some nutrients may have a negative impact on your cardiovascular health.

Research sources for this claim

You are welcome to explore 33 other nutrients that share this research-backed claim in our nutrition tool.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!