These capsules from Power Health contain the same active ingredient found in the new margarines, spreads and yoghurt drinks aimed at lowering cholesterol levels. Taking phytosterols in the form of capsules is simple and convenient and requires no change to the regular food-shopping list. Phytosterols (plant sterols) occur naturally in small amounts in certain plant materials such as nuts, grains, seeds and leaves and vegetable oils. They appear to work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine so that a certain amount will simply pass out of the body. A normal persons daily intake of phytosterols from food is not sufficient to have any significant effect on cholesterol absorption. Taking phytosterols in the form of capsules is simple and convenient and requires no change to the regular food-shopping list. Phytosterols capsules can be taken as well as cholesterol lowering spreads etc and studies have also shown that when maintaining a phytosterols daily intake of 3g or less they appear to enhance the effects of the cholesterol lowering drugs statins.
How Much and Where From? A normal persons daily intake of phytosterols from food is not sufficient to have any significant effect on cholesterol absorption. Research suggests that 800mg up to 3g/day of phytosterols should be consumed in order to reduce LDL cholesterol levels by between 9%-20%, although there is a lot of variation amongst individuals. Studies have also shown that phytosterols appear to enhance the effects of statins* on lowering cholesterol. Recently it has been made possible to incorporate phytosterols in foods such as margarines (e.g. Benecol & Flora pro activ) and the public awareness of phytosterols has been
greatly enhanced as a result. Taking phytosterols in the form of a capsule is simple and convenient and does not require adjusting the normal diet to include special
foods. However, best results will be obtained by following a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated. *statins refers to a range of cholesterol lowering drugs in the same family which are commonly prescribed by GPs and have a different mode of action to phytosterols.
Ingredients: Phytosterols, Capsule Shell: Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Anti-Caking Agent: Magnesium Stearate, Bulking Agent: Talc
Power Health Phytosterols capsules are suitable for vegetarians and vegans & contain on average 400mg of phytosterols per capsule
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