n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Phytosterols DT - a natural option for moderately raised cholesterol : drug trends in cardiology

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



Extracted from text ... Patient interest in natural options to help intervene in reducing the risks of an urbanised lifestyle is on the increase, perhaps also influenced by perceived high costs of technology-driven medicine. Phytosterols, referred to as 'the good cholesterol of plants', occur naturally, mainly as ?-sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol, and are similar in structure to cholesterol. These products act by inhibiting intestinal absorption of dietary and biliary cholesterol, a function that has been recognised by the FDA as being a permissible claim. The first approach, aimed at redu cing hypercholesterolaemia, is through the diet. Most recommendations published in western countries suggest similar nutrient ..

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