Our expert says:
Beta-sitosterol is one of a group of organic compounds found in plants known as a plant sterols has been shown to reduce blood levels of cholesterol. It does this by blocking absorption of cholesterol, in this way it helps the prostate, since high cholesterol deposits in the prostate are a factor in its enlargement.
It has also been effective in reducing symptoms of enlarged prostate. The following study investigated its efficacy:
Berges RR, Windeler J, Trampisch HJ, et al. Randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial of beta-sitosterol in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Lancet 1995;345:1529-32.
Good sources and high levels are found in rice bran, wheat germ, corn oil, soybeans and peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut flour.
It would be best to check with a good health shop as to what brands contain beta sitosterol, it is quite new to our market.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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