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Plant Sterols Will Lower Cholesterol Levels

Emily Butler

Cholesterol is not always associated with something bad. For example, there are foods with plant sterol cholesterol. This substance, on the contrary, can effectively lower bad cholesterol levels.

Plant sterol cholesterol and its compounds, the so called stanols, are completely natural substances contained in such foods as vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and some vegetable oils. In this way, plant sterol cholesterol is a plant variant of animal cholesterol but it has no drawbacks. If you have high cholesterol you're recommended to add it to your diet. As it was mentioned earlier, plant sterols and stanols are able to lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.

According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a diet rich in cholesterol-lowering foods, including margarine with plant sterol cholesterol, managed to efficiently lower high cholesterol in only 24 weeks. This diet lowered LDL by 13 percent in comparison with only 3 percent dropped with the help of a traditional low-fat diet.

As Kelly O'Connor, RD, LDN, a nutrition expert at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore says, adding plant sterol foods into one's diet and consuming them regularly can significantly lower bad cholesterol. The results will be seen very fast - bad cholesterol falls by 6-15 percent over a few weeks. It's just marvelous because most of patients do not wish to take any chemical medications.