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Plant Sterols May Lower LDL Cholesterol


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Plant Sterols May Lower LDL Cholesterol

BOSTON--Researchers from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University published a paper in the March issue of Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care (5, 2:147-52, 2002) (www.lww.com) in which they cited the potential therapeutic benefits of plant sterols on blood lipid levels. Researchers discussed the recent recommendation by the National Cholesterol Education Panel for using plant sterols in combination with traditional, non-pharmaceutical therapies--such as limiting saturated fat and cholesterol intake, maintaining healthy body weight and doing regular exercise--reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL, "bad") cholesterol levels. Researchers reported that recent data suggests 1.6 g/d of plant sterols can lower LDL cholesterol by 10 percent, with few side effects other than decreased levels of circulating carotenoids.

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