Why beta-sitosterol can be so good for you
Beta-sitosterol is technically called a plant sterol ester. It is found in a variety of vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruits including saw palmetto.
Best known for helping treat the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) and used as the main active ingredient in our Prostamax, it is now also being used for control of heart disease and high cholesterol.
Recent studies have also shown it can help prevent colon cancer and gallstones. It has been shown to boost the immune system increasing resistance against the common cold and flu, tuberculosis, cervical cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, allergies, fibromyalgia, asthma, bronchitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine headaches and other conditions.
Treatment of these conditions still needs further trials and testing but the outlook is promising and beta sitosterol is beginning to show its full potential.
Some women use it for symptoms of menopause and extreme sports people use it to reduce swelling and pain.
Beta-sitosterol is now added to some margarines that are marketed to reduce cholesterol. In the USA the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows manufacturers to claim that foods containing beta-sitosterol are for reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.