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Plant Sterols Target Benefits Beyond Lowering Cholesterol

November 9, 2010

New research shows the promising benefits of phytosterols for reducing triglycerides, for use in personalized nutritional programs and for combination therapies with other dietary supplements and drugs, according to a presentation from Todd Rideout, adjunct professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, Canada.

Phytosterols are found naturally in vegetables, fruits, vegetable oils, legumes, nuts and grains. Specifically, the triglyceride lowering effects of phytosterols have been recently suggested in several human trials including a meta-analysis. Dr. Rideout pointed out that results from previous animal studies have been inconsistent and is encouraging more research in this area to understand the utility of phytosterols in lowering triglyceride concentrations.

“We are very excited about the potential of sterols in safely and effectively combating heart-related conditions worldwide,” he said. “The totality of evidence supports phytosterols in lowering LDL cholesterol and now we have new information suggesting benefits on a broader scale.”

He also noted potential patients may see even greater benefits when combining sterols with other therapies, such as omega 3 fatty acids. For further information: www.cognis.com

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