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Information on Plant Sterols

Plant sterol products are very popular because of their ability to decrease the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and increase the levels of good cholesterol in the blood. They were discovered in 1922, but it was not until the 1950s that the scientists became aware their beneficial properties. Vegetables and fruits may provide some amounts of sterols but in order to fight the elevated levels of cholesterol, one must ingest a lot more plant sterols, most likely in the form of supplements and certain types of food items fortified with plant sterol extracts. A recommended daily dose usually depends on the type of product consumed and the daily intake should never be over 2 grams of plant sterols in any form.

Side Effects of Plant Sterols

The most common side effects which may or may not be associated with the consumption of plant sterols in any form include heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and indigestion. Most people usually tolerate well all different sorts of plant sterol products but they still may trigger certain side effects in some cases. Side effects of plant sterol may also be connected to the fact that certain products may also contain other sorts of medicaments, herbal remedies or dietary supplements. Other minor side effects of plant sterol may also include a decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction in men. Plant sterols are known for having certain negative effects on testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, which are very important male hormone. Those side effects of plant sterols which affect one’s sexual life can sometimes be compared to the side effects which are commonly associated with certain types of prescription medicaments used for the treatment of hair loss and enlarged prostate. Plant sterols and all different kinds of products are usually not affiliated with any serious types of side effects. Any type of supplement or medication may trigger some sort of allergic reaction, and the same can be said for plant sterols in natural or supplemental form. The symptoms of such allergic reactions commonly include skin rash, difficulty breathing, itching, wheezing, hives, swollen throat and swollen mouth. The occurrence of serious side effects of plant sterols may also be triggered by medicaments, herbs or dietary supplements which are commonly contained in most plant sterol products.

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