Beta-sitosterol is one of a group of organic compounds found in plants that, alone and in combination with similar plant sterols, reduces blood levels of cholesterol.1, 2, 3
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
|60 to 130 mg daily||[3 stars] |
Men taking beta-sitosterol, a compound found in many edible plants, have reported improved BPH symptoms and urinary flow.
|0.8 to 3.2 grams daily||[2 stars] |
Beta-sitosterol blocks cholesterol absorption and has been shown in studies to reduce blood levels of cholesterol.
Athletic Performance and Post-Exercise Infection
(Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside, Beta-Sitosterol)
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
Beta-sitosterol, found in many plants, has been shown in one trial to improve immune function in marathon runners when combined with B-sitosterol glucoside. This implies that beta-sitosterol might reduce infections in athletes who engage in intensive exercise.
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