Other Ingredients: Gelatin (bovine), microcrystalline cellulose and vegetable magnesium stearate.
ALLERGEN WARNING: CONTAINS SOY (PLANT STEROLS).
CAUTION: Do not exceed the recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement.
Suggested Use: Take 2 capsules twice daily on an empty stomach, or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Ray & Terry’s Beta Sitosterol contains 120 gelatin capsules per bottle. Each capsule contains 500mg plant sterol complex, which yields 200mg (minimum) beta sitosterol per capsule.
* The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that plant sterol esters, including beta sitosterol, may reduce the risk of CHD by lowering blood cholesterol levels. There is significant evidence to indicate that beta-sitosterol lowers cholesterol levels, although there is no proof that long-term use lowers the risk of CHD.
According to FDA documents, scientific evidence establishes that including plant sterol/stanol esters in the diet helps to lower blood total and LDL cholesterol levels.
In the lab, phytosterols have been shown to reduce lipid levels as well as help support healthy glucose levels. One small study found a reduction in insulin resistance when phytosterols were included in the diet.5,10
Research on plant sterol esters indicates that these natural compounds can reduce inflammation in the prostate and intestines.8 Experiments on colitis, for example, have shown that consuming a high-fat diet contributes to intestinal inflammation. Adding plant sterols to the diet reduced intestinal inflammation in laboratory animals.9,12
The mechanism for plant sterols’ effect on inflammation appears to relate to T-cell function. Due to their ability to help reduce T-cell-based immune activity, plant sterols have been indicated to support healthy immune system function. 6,7,11
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- Bouic PJD, Etsebeth S, Liebenberg RW, et al. Beta-sitosterol and beta-sitosterol glycoside stimulate human peripheral blood lymphocyte proliferation: implications for their use as an immunomodulatory vitamin combination, Int J Immunopharmacol 1996:18:693-700.
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