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What are Plant Sterols and How to Obtain it?

Updated on November 11, 2016

Let’s get back to talking about health.. again. Yes, for this article, I am going to give you an idea what plant sterols are and where and how you can obtain it. I will also discuss a little about its benefits but will expand it further on my next post.

What are Plant Sterols?

The word itself says it is plant sterols which clearly mean they can be found in plants. It lowers cholesterol levels by simply preventing the bad cholesterols from entering our guts. People with high cholesterol levels can take in plant sterols supplements with a recommended daily dosage of up to 2.4grams to achieve at least 7% difference.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet with fruits and vegetables could give you a small amount of plant sterols. If you are into the process of lowering your cholesterol level, you can keep a brand of your plant sterols supplements such as capsules from British Supplements in your cupboard or carry it anywhere.

Legumes are a good source of plant sterols.
Legumes are a good source of plant sterols.

Things to Consider Before Planning to Buy Plant Sterols Supplements

Before you go to the nearest pharmacies or before clicking your mouse button to buy cholesterol supplements online, you first have to check with your physician. Plant sterols supplements are generally safe and effective to lower your bad cholesterol levels but you still need to protect your overall health above all. Eating foods with plant sterols will not harm you especially that as mentioned earlier, they only come in small amounts.

Furthermore, it is recommended that pregnant women and children below 5 years old should not take in large amount of plant sterols. Talk to your physicians for best results and remember also that these cholesterol supplements are not a substitute to any medication you are already using.

Lower your cholesterol levels with cholesterol supplements.
Lower your cholesterol levels with cholesterol supplements.

How Can You Obtain Enough Amount of Plant Sterols?

Studies show that vegetarians usually take in up to 700mg of plant sterols each day while those who often eat on fast foods get lesser (of course). With the recommended daily dosage of up to 2.4grams, a vegetarian person has already exceeded it which has no known side effects except if they have other medical conditions.

Foods containing plant sterols are:

  1. Legumes – go for dried legumes like beans, peas and lentils.
  2. Cereals – Rice brans, whole wheat, oat bran and brown rice are among the cereal foods with higher amounts of sterols.
  3. Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and vegetables contain a small amount of plant sterols but have high content of other vitamins and minerals to. Adding varied kinds will complete your healthy diet.
  4. Nuts – These and seeds like sesame seeds are so far the foods with remarkable amounts of sterols.
  5. Fortified Foods – are normally for those who have really high levels of cholesterol and are not recommended for people who have good cholesterol levels.

For foods containing higher levels of plant sterols, choose from the list:

  1. Corn Oil
  2. Sesame Seeds
  3. Almond
  4. Apple
  5. Beans

Nuts can also lower cholesterol levels.
Nuts can also lower cholesterol levels.

Plant Sterols Supplement to Lower Cholesterol

Choose cholesterol supplements that are safe to be taken in with your regular medication to lower your cholesterol level. Also, check if it is made of pure vegetables and fruits and is gluten free like British Supplements’ product. This also contains 1, 020mg per capsule which is definitely higher than the recommended plant sterols intake. Read more about the product here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M8OIUF4.

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