BETA-SITOSTEROL

BETA-SITOSTEROL
Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It promotes heart health by reducing LDL cholesterol levels, supports prostate health, and may relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
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Uses & Effectiveness

Overview

Beta-sitosterol is a type of chemical called a plant sterol. It's similar to cholesterol and is found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Beta-sitosterol might help reduce cholesterol levels by limiting the amount of cholesterol that is able to enter the body. It can also help reduce swelling in the prostate and other tissues.

People most commonly use beta-sitosterol for lowering cholesterol levels and improving symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH). It's also used for heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), male-pattern baldness, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these other uses.

In the US, foods that contain at least 650 mg of beta-sitosterol are allowed to state that they might reduce the risk for heart disease. Don't confuse beta-sitosterol with sitostanol, a similar plant substance.

Beta-sitosterol, a natural plant sterol found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts, has been shown to have cholesterol-lowering effects. It works by blocking the absorption of dietary cholesterol, aiding in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Beta-sitosterol is likely safe for most people. It's been used safely at a dose of up to 20 grams daily for up to 3 months. It's also been used at a lower dose of 130 mg daily for up to 18 months. It can cause some mild side effects, such as nausea, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe or what the side effects might be.

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Special Precautionsand Warnings

When taken by mouth: Beta-sitosterol is likely safe for most people. It's been used safely at a dose of up to 20 grams daily for up to 3 months. It's also been used at a lower dose of 130 mg daily for up to 18 months. It can cause some mild side effects, such as nausea, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Beta-sitosterol is likely safe when taken in doses of up to 12 grams daily (divided into 3 separate doses) for up to 3 months.

Sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease: People with this condition have too much beta-sitosterol and related fats in their blood and tissues. Taking beta-sitosterol makes this condition worse. Don't take beta-sitosterol if you have sitosterolemia.

Dosing

In adults, beta-sitosterol has most often been used in doses of 3-4 grams by mouth daily for up to 3 months. It's also been used at a lower dose of 60-130 mg daily for up to 18 months. In children, beta-sitosterol has most often been used in doses of 6-12 grams by mouth daily for up to 3 months. Beta-sitosterol is also available in ointments. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.

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