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Plant Sterols- Natural Supplements Reducing Cholesterol and BPH- preserving Testosterone- alchemy in the 21st century

Updated on January 18, 2014

Some Athletes have been accused of steroid use...

When it is very possible they merely ate a variety of highly nutritious foods which contain natural plant sterols (phyto-sterols), such as: pecans, avocados, pumpkin seeds, cashew fruit, rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils, soybean, and- dandelion.. If an athlete eats plenty of this, their blood-plasma will be filled with the substances... Shocking! This would not be an unnatural situation for a person who is athletically active, and is adhering to a healthy eating regimen.

Imagine that, healthy foods that mimic the structure and function of steroids, to at least a degree. The molecule for Beta-Sitosterol, is very similar to Boldenone Undecylenate, ( a veterinary hormone ), there are some who wonder if this molecule, B-Sitosterol, have been mistaken in athletic steroid testing... The ACTION of B-Sitosterol is NOT like that of boldenone, it has a gentler affect, and actually several healthy side-effects, when included in the diet. This article, is written as a general focus of supplementation for androgenic hormonal support, as well as general cholesterol reduction, in humans.

Beta-sitosterol is a substance found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It is a precursor used to make medicines. Chemists call it a "plant sterol ester." Alone, and in combination with related plant-sterols, Beta-Sitosterol, reduces blood-levels of cholesterol. In one study (below) there was also a positive effect found on reducing male hair-loss when it was taken in combination with Saw Palmetto.

The popular European use of these natural substances, in some cases is to stimulate HAIR-REGROWTH... and as an herbal therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Food Sources: Serenoa repens ( Saw Palmetto )

Serenoa repens is known as a source of an inhibitor of the  enzyme called " 5-alpha reductase or (5AR)   "5AR, breaks down (or "aromatizes") testosterone, to DHT, a bad chemical in a mans body, with several undesired side effects.
Serenoa repens is known as a source of an inhibitor of the enzyme called " 5-alpha reductase or (5AR) "5AR, breaks down (or "aromatizes") testosterone, to DHT, a bad chemical in a mans body, with several undesired side effects.

What is meant by "chemical precursor"?

... many things.

A substance may be a precursor within your body, or, within an exogenous physical-chemistry process... a lab process. Or, a scaled-up industrial version of that lab process.

To give you ONE example: sitosterol is used by microbes as food in a fermentation process (via pseudomonas microbes) which yields a family of chemicals called, " 17-keto products ", including one popular one found on vitamin store shelves called DHEA, or, dehydroepiandrosterone. This would be done in larger fermentation vats, in the industrial version of the process, producing mass-quantities of the chemicals for retail purposes.

Chemists, toy around with chemicals, processes, and biological sources until methods of chemical production are discovered and refined.

At this point, you should be imagining chemists or physical-chemists and bio-chemists, as people running around in laboratories with pointy-hats, muttering to themselves, and possibly mixing things which release poofs of smoke and lightning-explosions, then scribbling with a quill in their cherished secret grimoires with "Gene-Tech" or "Pfizer" on the cover of that grimoire... Modern Alchemy (as done in the 21st century) may involve accidental and random "discovery" or... perhaps not-so-random and highly rigorous, disciplined investigation.

But the pharma companies DO still keep their grimoires, a secret- usually. Why would THEY wish you to have specific knowledge of things natural, when it would cut into profit margins and control. "We" are a well-controlled population, or- perhaps "Media Managed and influenced"... but that's another topic... entirely.

FOOD SOURCES: Hippophae ( Sea Buckthorn )

90 percent of the worlds Sea-Buckthorn, is in China, where it is cultivated and actually used for soil and water conservation, first... then has been re-bred to bear better fruit for food and industrial chemical use.  Of the 7 species, 2 are hybrid.
90 percent of the worlds Sea-Buckthorn, is in China, where it is cultivated and actually used for soil and water conservation, first... then has been re-bred to bear better fruit for food and industrial chemical use. Of the 7 species, 2 are hybrid.

Sea Buckthorn Fruit phytosterols

15 times the vitamin-C of oranges

Sea Buckthorn

It is used in China for landscaping, and as a food source and industrial chemical source. The derivatives from the fruit are used in cosmetics, supplements and drinkable juice or pies. The buckthorn fruit, per 100-grams, averages fifteen times the vitamin-C of oranges. The buckthorn fruit is densely rich in carotenoids, vitamin-E, amino acids (linoleic acid), dietary minerals, beta-sitosterol, polyphenols, Flavonols, phenolic acids, and lipds (oils or fats). It is used to make jams, wine and liquor, or juice concentrates. In Finland, it is a nutritional ingredient in baby food.

Buckthorn, has a history (in China) of use in traditional medicine, in disease treatment.

Prunus africanus - sapling

FOOD SOURCES: Prunus africanus ( Red Stinkwood )

Pygeum, Iron wood, Stinkwood, African Plum, African Prune, African Cherry and Bitter Almond.

Prunus africana, is an evergreen of the sub-Sahara and Madagascar region. It has become so popular and profitable it is now an endangered tree. The bark is the primary source harvested, and many thousands of trees have been "girdled" from harvesters. Thus, KILLING the trees. The timber of the mature tree is a hardwood employed in the manufacture of axe and hoe handles, utensils, chopping blocks... etc. Attempts at sustainable (wild) harvesting are being instituted, by "quartering" the bark, and giving the tree time to heal from the quartering... The tree grows 10 to 25 meters tall, at altitude.

Pygeum, is an herbal remedy used as an alternative in the treatment of BPH. And, though clinical trials have not yet been conducted, it has shown positive results in -in vitro- studies and mice, as treatment for prostate cancer.

The fruit of this tree is too bitter to be of interest to man. But Gorilla's highly favor it... which I find very interesting. Apes, are one of the few animals on the planet that do not produce vitamin-C within their own bodies, as do most other animals. We hence, tend to SUFFER from a vitamin-C deficiency in general. This is attributed to a "genetic mutation" long ago in an ancient ancestor. And "here", in this case we see Gorilla's "favor the fruit of this tree"... (even tho it is bitter to humans). And the "fruit of this tree", must be RICH in vital nutrients...(in this case I am not emphasizing the vitamin-C aspect, so much as OTHER "benefits" of pygeum)

Nutrients which man, most likely NEEDS BADLY....

To clarify my own supposition and hypothetical statement in the paragraph above... I am basing this on animal behavior of a cousin of ours. NOTE: the tree which is the source of pygeum is so sought after, that the tree is endangered. Apes, FILL themselves on the fruit of this tree when it is available. And here, 21st century Homo-Sapiens have determined that the bark of this tree may contain elements that are -- extremely healthy for you -- possibly even anti cancerous --. Even though we are consciously aware of the fact that we (as animals) do not produce vitamin-C, what I am "supposing out loud", is that there are OTHER NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS we stand to benefit from having dietarily added to our daily intake... which we do NOT have now in our diets.

And Apes, love the fruit of this tree. I would assume it is more likely we Need this tree, and it's fruit than North American apples. From a genetic standpoint.

That's just a guess, on My Part... based on Ape Behavior.

I am purely making this as an observation of the statement, "Gorilla's FAVOR the fruit of this tree"... which makes me think. "If it is something Gorilla's LOVE... it's probably a "required", element of our diets... genetically.

Prunus africanus bark

Beta Sitosterol - uses

The plant sterol ester, is used for Heart Disease and High Cholesterol treatment. It is also used for boosting the Immune System and for preventing colon cancer, as well as for gallstones, and influenza, HIVAIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis (which are systemic immunity malfunctions, causing your body to self-attack), cervical cancer, lupus, fibromyalgia, and more...

Some men use beta-sitosterol for BPH, and some women use it for menopausal symptom relief. It is also used for enhancing sexual activity.

Marathon runners use beta-sitosterol to reduce pain and swelling. after a long run.

It is added as a food supplement in America, as part of a healthy cholesterol-reducing diet. For instance, it is added to margarines, eg: "Control"...

Phyto-sterols are white, waxy powders with a characteristic odor. They are hydrophobic (repel water) and dissolve in alcohols. Beta sitosterol seems to "work best" when it is accompanied with a combination of differing organic elements that are related. It is very similar molecularly to cholesterol, and Boldenone Undecylenate, ( a veterinary hormone ).

There IS a rare genetic disorder, where if a person has this recessive genetic disorder, called, phytosterolemia, the individual over-absorbs sitosterols, and suffers from hypercholesterolemia. But the disorder is rare.

Double-Blind study of Seranoa repens

This is a "placebo-controlled" and "double-blind" study, for effectiveness of Saw Palmetto in allopecia treatment.

by: Prager N. Beckett, K. French, N. Marcovic, G.

Erratum in

  • J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Mar;12(2):199.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is characterized by one contributing factor of this disorder, which is the conversion of testosterone (T) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) via the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (5AR). This metabolism is also key to the onset and progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). ... certain botanical compounds have previously demonstrated efficacy against BPH. Here, we report the first example of a placebo-controlled, double-blind study undertaken in order to examine the benefit of these botanical substances in the treatment of AGA.

This study was undertaken, to test botanically derived 5AR inhibitors, specifically the liposterolic extract of Serenoa repens and beta-sitosterol

RESULTS: The results of this pilot study showed a highly positive...

CONCLUSIONS: This study establishes the effectiveness of naturally occurring 5AR inhibitors justifying - the expansion to larger trials.

Maybe taking a dried - powdered leaf as a "cure" isn't a bad idea

In another article I'd written, I think it was my TMG article... I mentioned the "placebo effect", in reference to someone taking a dried leaf "as a cure". And if the mere "thought" of taking that leaf did lead to happiness, or even healthiness. ...Then it WAS a "cure", even if a placebo- to a degree.

But, the interesting FACT is, that often, these "leaves" ARE cures.

Go eat a leaf- "Leaf" ME alone- [this Pic is a FaceBook cover pic]

Or, "Make like a TREE... and LEAF!"
Or, "Make like a TREE... and LEAF!"


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