Plant sterols are naturally occurring substances present in the diet principally as minor components of vegetable oils. Plant stanols, occurring in nature at a lower level, are hydrogenation compounds of sterols. Because they have very low systemic absorption and are already present in healthy diets, increasing the intake of plant sterols and sterol esters may be a practical way to reduce coronary heart disease with minimum risk.
When plant sterols are present, less cholesterol is able to enter the micelles.
Less cholesterol absorption is possible when plant sterols are present, reducing the amount of cholesterol absorbed into the circulatory system.
By blocking cholesterol absorption in the body, plant sterols (plant extracts) can help lower cholesterol naturally.
SterolSource® Plant sterols and sterol esters are all natural plant-derived, clinically proven and safe cholesterol-lowering ingredients.
SterolSource® Sterols and Sterol Esters are structurally similar to cholesterol. Plant sterols have been found, in studies, to reduce the absorption of dietary cholesterol, which can impact serum cholesterol levels [Mayo Clin Proc 78:965-78 (2003); AJCN 74:33-43 (2001)]
Scientific studies show that plant sterols can effectively reduce LDL-cholesterol levels. An intake of 1-3g plant sterols and sterol esters per day can substantially and consistently lower blood levels of total cholesterol by 6-10% and LDL-cholesterol by 8-15% (Katan MB, et al. Efficacy and safety of plant stanols and sterols in the management of blood cholesterol levels. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2003, 78:965-978).
Supporting heart health to prevent dire cardiovascular events is one of the top concerns among middle-aged and elderly Americans. Approximately 64 million Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular complications, and SourceOne’s SterolSource® Plant Sterols and Sterol Esters offer the health-conscious consumer an effective solution that may help prevent cardiovascular and coronary problems.
SterolSource® is also an ingredient in SourceOne’s Cholesstrinol™ Family of Heart Healthy Formulas. Cholesstrinol HPe™ plus SterolSource® Sterol Esters deal with the two sources of cholesterol – the first is food and the second is your body. PMF-source® Citrus Flavonoids and TocoSource® Palm Tocotrienols deal with cholesterol produced by your body, based upon family history. SterolSource® Plant Sterols and Sterol Esters deal with the cholesterol from the foods we eat. The two sources of cholesterol are at the heart of this award winning combination, branded and trademarked Cholesstrinol HPe!