This is also known as plant sterols or phytosterols.This natural supplement has been used to treat heart disease, high cholesterol,enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia/BPH), enhance the immune system, menopause symptoms, prevent colon cancer, HIV/AIDS, asthma, hair loss (alopecia), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine, wounds and burns.
This natural supplement is a type of plant sterol and studies have shown it to lower high cholesterol. It is useful for those suffering from coronary heart disease (CHD) to take this.
Research studies also show it to be significantly beneficial for treating enlarged prostate and taking it will help with improving the symptoms
What are the side effects of taking this supplement?
It is generally safe to use. Most people don't experience many side effects. It may cause stomach discomfort, nausea, diarrhea, gas or constipation. There have been reported cases of it causing erection difficulties and loss of sex drive.
Pharmacist Tom's recommendations:
Plant sterols such as beta-sitosterol is recommended for treating high cholesterol and enlarged prostate. The evidence is there to show that it is helpful for these two conditions.
Revised: January 5, 2010