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6 Proven Health Benefits of Beta-Sitosterol

Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:50:45 PM America/New_York

6 Proven Health Benefits of Beta-Sitosterol


Though nutrition is always your best line of defense towards better health, it’s not always easy to get-in the recommended 5-6+ servings of greens per day. Thankfully, if you find yourself falling short on phytosterol-rich foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and olive oils, there’s no shortage of phytosterols in a concentrated supplement form. 

 Beta-SitosterolPlant Sterols, or Cholesterol Support are just a few supplements containing Beta-Sitosterol that are proving to be terrific alternatives to the routinely prescribed pharmaceuticals, which often are associated with troubling side effects. 

But, what does beta-sitosterol do, and why is it important to incorporate it into our diet? Here are six health benefits of beta-sitosterol:

Lowering LDL Cholesterol

Perhaps the most well-known benefit of plant sterols like Beta-Sitosterol is its ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Studies from the University of Maryland Medical Center indicate Beta-Sitosterol’s ability to both lower LDL cholesterol levels without negatively affecting beneficial HDL cholesterol, or triglycerides. It accomplishes this by reducing absorption cholesterol in the intestines by up-to 50% and allowing it to be secreted during the waste process.


Lowered risk of heart disease

Along with lowered cholesterol levels comes a decreased risk of heart disease; the number one killer for men and woman across the world.

The fact that the FDA allows manufacturers to claim that foods containing plant sterol esters contribute to a lowered risk of heart disease speaks volumes towards the benefits of this common and naturally occurring chemical.


Improving Immunity

One of phytosterol’s added benefits is that it helps improve our bodies’ immunity and reduces stress caused by high-intensity activities, like cross-fit, weight lifting or long distance running. Additionally, Beta-Sitosterol helps decrease inflammation and reduce the amount of recovery time needed after high intensity workouts.

Manage Prostatitis

Beta-Sitosterol also has been proven to act like the medicine Proscar, but without its negative sexual complications. Beta-Sitosterol inhibits activity of 5-alpha-reductase to work against urinary issues, pelvic pain, enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia, and other localized difficulties that men with or without an enlarged prostate often experience.

Beta-Sitosterol has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation of the prostate, which in turn reduces the sense of urgency, pain, and frequency that men can experience. Studies have also shown a reduction in the amount of urine left in the bladder, which also contributes to a feeling of completion and relief after using the bathroom.


Reducing prostate tumors

The reduction of prostate tumors by 24% is perhaps the most exciting benefit of this humble plant chemical, and undoubtedly will be explored in even greater numbers in the near future. Similar studies found Beta-Sitosterol to be even more effective than another phytosterols called “campesterol” in the protective benefits of inhibiting tumor growth and metastasis of PC-3 cells


Normalizes blood sugar

If that isn’t enough, Beta-sitosterol has shown encouragingly positive results in stimulating the release of insulin in the presence of non-stimulatory glucose concentrations, and inhibiting glucose-6-phosphatase. Because of its anti-oxidative effects and insulin release stimulation, Beta-sitosterol is being considered a viable option as an antidiabetic; especially due to its desirable lack of adverse side effects, unlike common diabetes medications. 


There you have it. For such a simple, naturally derived ingredient, Beta-Sitosterol does some pretty heavy lifting when it comes to promoting better health.

Have a question about Beta-Sitosterol? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Minimize Cholesterol Naturally

Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:56:55 PM America/New_York

By inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from the intestinal tract, plant sterols actually help block cholesterol from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Read More
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Recommendations Blog - Skin Elasticity

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:53:23 PM America/New_York

Q. In Transcendent Man, Ray mentions to William Shatner a supplement that maintains skin elasticity, as well as flexibility in brain cell membranes. Which supplement is this? Read More
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Recommendations Blog - Track Your Health

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:10:26 PM America/New_York

We recommend that you keep a record of all of your test results yourself rather than relying exclusively on your healthcare providers. Having some of your records at one doctor’s office, some with another, others at the hospital and your self test records at home is not an optimal way to keep track of your health data. It is now possible to assemble much of your health information by utilizing free online programs.

Healthvault is a free program available from Microsoft that allows you to keep track of many types of personal health data. You can enter multiple types of health information to create a personal health record that you can share with all your healthcare providers. You can choose what types of data you wish to enter into your health record such as:

  • Your health history
  • Fitness activities such as aerobic or strength training sessions
  • Blood glucose and blood pressure
  • Summaries from hospitalizations
  • Lab test results
  • Medications and allergies

This program also enables you to transfer any or all of your health record online to your healthcare providers.

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Recommendations Blog - Antioxidants

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:08:23 PM America/New_York

Antioxidant Power

What is an Antioxidant?

When oxygen interacts with certain molecules, free radicals are formed. These molecules are unstable and can react with cellular components such as DNA or cell membranes. The damage may cause cells to die or function incorrectly and leave you more vulnerable to disease.

Your body utilizes antioxidants to neutralize the reactions that damage your cells. Antioxidants are not manufactured in the body and must therefore come from food and supplementation.

Learn more about antioxidants and how they work: http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/104/107639.htm
Read articles about antioxidants: http://www.newstarget.com/antioxidant.html

Antioxidants in your Food

In general, the foods highest in antioxidants are the foods with the most vibrant colors. Tomatoes, for instance, contain high levels of the antioxidant lycopene, which also gives them their bright color.

A recent study performed by the USDA measured the antioxidant capacity of many common foods. For a list of the top 20 antioxidant rich foods, including serving sizes and antioxidant potential, click here.

Cooking antioxidant rich foods impacts the amount of antioxidants your body absorbs in the process. Wild blueberries, for instance, are very high in antioxidants, but when cooked into a pie, most of the antioxidant potential dissipates. However, while fresh raw tomatoes contain a moderate level of antioxidants, their absorption values for antioxidants shoot up when cooked.

Organic fruits and vegetables provide the most potent sources of antioxidants. Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers have contributed to the decline of nutrient density in many of today's mass produced commercially farmed foods. As this decline continues, supplements are an excellent way to increase your body's antioxidant reserves to combat disease.

Beneficial Beans

Beans came out on the top of the USDA antioxidant list—three out of the top five foods are beans. This is good news, because we already know that beans are naturally low in fat and contain healthy levels of fiber and protein. Did you know that beans also provide calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium?

Nutritional highlights on most popular varieties of beans: http://www.dolenutrition.com/articleDetails.aspx?RecId=687

Ray & Terry recommend including legumes (including peas, beans, lentils) as part of a healthy diet. Although legumes do have high amounts of carbs, they have a low glycemic load, so they are digested and released into the blood slowly.

To learn more about the health benefits of popular bean varieties, visit the World's Healthiest Foods site: http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

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Product Blog - Healthy Low-Fat Protein Sources

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:06:59 PM America/New_York

Since Ray and Terry's Longevity Program limits consumption of both carbohydrates and fats, healthy proteins constitute a significant majority of your daily calories. We recommend healthy non-animal-based foods such as soy products as well as smaller fish, low-fat or non-fat dairy products and egg whites. Most salmon available for sale is farm-raised and higher in mercury and other contaminants than wild salmon. VitalChoice.com is an excellent resource for several varieties of frozen wild salmon, halibut as well as organic berries.

Poultry should be skinless and organically raised if possible. An excellent internet source for organic poultry is Blackwing.com.

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Recommendations Blog - Cooking Oil

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:06:08 PM America/New_York

Hold the Oil

Danger: When oils are heated to temperatures above 320 degrees Fahrenheit, toxic chemicals are formed. Ray & Terry recommend stir-frying instead of deep-frying. A healthy method is to put water in a wok and then add a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Keep the temperature at a moderate level and cook food only briefly.

When a wok won't do, one of your best defenses against cooking with excessive oils is a good set of nonstick cookware. Circulon cookware is one brand that we've found to be durable and reliable.

Where to Buy: Cooking.com carries a range of cookware to suit your needs. Get $10 Off $75 shipments!

WARNING: Never use metal utensils or abrasive cleaners on nonstick surfaces. If the surface is
scratched, toxins are released.

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Recommendations Blog - Air purifier

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:05:19 PM America/New_York

Polluted air has both direct and indirect toxic effects on the body. It haunts the air you breathe, but also causes acid rain and smog, and pokes holes in the ozone layer, leaving you more vulnerable to skin cancer. The EPA lists 189 hazardous air pollutants including formaldehyde and benzene. These toxins cause cancer and contribute to respiratory disease, birth defects, and other serious health problems.

To further complicate matters, some people have severe allergies that make throwing open a window—and inviting in the pollen—sound like a bad idea. In Chapter 14 of Fantastic Voyage, Ray & Terry make a number of suggestions for protecting your health from the onslaught of environmental pollutants (for excerpts, please see Short Guide to a Long Life). To help protect yourself from air pollution and prevent future buildup of airborne toxins:

  • Don’t smoke and avoid places where people do smoke.
  • Try to live in a less polluted part of the country or in a less polluted part of the city.
  • Use air filtration systems in your house and place of work.

Air purifiers trap airborne irritants, bacteria, allergens, dust particles and other contaminants. Used in conjunction with other allergen removal steps suggested by medical specialists (e.g., limiting carpeting in the home and using mite-proof bedding), the reduction in airborne particles helps to create a low-allergen environment.

We do not currently have a recommendation for an air purifier. To find the right air purifier for your needs, start at Home Air Quality Guides. They offer information and reviews on a wide variety of air purifiers.

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Recommendations Blog - Mental Exercise

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:04:30 PM America/New_York

Braingle is a free site that offers games in all areas of brain training. It features an active community forum and user-generated content keeps the service feeling fresh.

For additional brain training sites, visit http://www.askmen.com/sports/health_200/220_mens_health.html

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Recommendations Blog - Shirataki, The Miracle Noodle

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:03:45 PM America/New_York

Low Carb Pasta Substitute: Shirataki

If used properly, this is a wonderful way to have a satisfying pasta meal with very few calories and almost no carbs! Ray & Terry use "House" brand Tofu Shirataki, which comes in spaghetti and fettuccine forms.


One eight ounce package (2 official servings) contains just 40 total calories and 2 net grams of carbs. One package is equivalent to about 300 calories of pasta which has about 75 grams of carbs. Nutritionally speaking, that's a good deal!

From the package: "Shirataki is composed of thin gelatinous strings made from yam flour (polysaccharide-glucomannan) from the Konnyaku root and has very low caloric or digestible food values. This traditional Japanese food is enjoyed for its simple taste and unique texture."

How to cook Tofu Shirataki

Tofu Shirataki is a precooked product and comes ready-to-eat. It can be eaten as a main dish or added to salads and soups with minimal preparation. Place bag in colander and cut open to drain water from the package. Rinse noodles in colander under running water for about 3-5 minutes. Drain. Parboil for 3-5 minutes. Increase rinsing and boiling times to 10 minutes each to further reduce aroma.

To top your shirataki, try a low carb tomato-based spaghetti sauce. One serving of this sauce contains an average of about 60 calories and 4 grams of net carbs. So for a total of 100 calories and 6 net grams of carbs, it provides a good sized pasta dish which would ordinarily be about 400 calories and 90 grams of carbs. Or try vegetables sautéed in olive oil in lieu of sauce.

Where to buy shirataki

There are two varieties of shirataki: Tofu based (requires refrigeration) and non-tofu (no refrigeration needed).

Miracle Noodle carries non-tofu non-refrigerated shirataki in all kinds of pasta shapes. They also carry Konjac Glucomannan powder, which can be used as a fiber drink, a thickener for sauces, or to make your own pasta. There are recipe suggestions as well on their site: Miracle Noodle - Shirataki - Guilt Free Noodles - Zero Calories

House brand Tofu Shirataki is available at most Whole Foods Markets and other select retail stores. To find a store near you: http://www.house-foods.com/tofushirataki_faq.html

Nutrition Information

Per 4oz serving of House brand Tofu Shirataki spaghetti style noodles:
Calories 20 - Fat Cal. 5 - Total Fat 0.5g - Sat. Fat. 0g - Trans Fat 0g - Cholesterol 0mg - Sodium 15mg - Total Carb. 3g - Fiber 2g - Sugars 0g - Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 2% - Calcium 10% - Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

There are also many foods designed with carbohydrate substitutes that use fiber (as well as vegetable protein) to replace the bulk and texture of starch, such as low-carbohydrate cereals and breads. There are now many low-carbohydrate substitutes for normally high-carbohydrate foods, such as bread, pasta, cereals, puddings, and desserts. These are available in food and nutrition stores and from several Web sites.

Quick Vegataki Soup

1 package (8 ounces) Shirataki spaghetti-style noodles, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
4 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium cippolini onion, finely chopped
1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
6 cups reduced sodium vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
basil & oregano
salt & pepper

Rinse noodles for 5 to 10 minutes in cold running water and drain thoroughly.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook the celery and onion 3-4 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add tomatoes and kale and bring to a low boil. Stir in broth and garlic powder and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender. Add noodles and heat for another 5 minutes until warmed through. Season to taste with basil, oregano, salt and pepper

8 Servings
Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories: 77
Protein: 4g (18% calories from protein)
Carbohydrates (net): 11g (63% calories from carbohydrates

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Recommendations Blog - Body Fat Testers

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:02:49 PM America/New_York

Calipers that can help you determine your percent body fat are available for less than $20 from Amazon - Accu-Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Body Fat Tester

Another useful tool is a scale that electronically measures both your weight and body fat. After sending a tiny electrical impulse through your body, these scales measure fat content by judging tissue resistance to the current - Health o Meter BFM582-63 Body Fat, Percent Hydration & Weight Tracking Scale, Glass with Chrome Accents

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Product Recommendations Blog - Air Tubes

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:01:56 PM America/New_York

Air tubes used for cell phones keep potentially harmful radiation away from your head. Sound is delivered to the ear through an air-filled wireless tube, replacing the wire of a regular headset. We recommend the Block EMF air tube, available at http://www.blockemf.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4858.

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Product Recommendations Blog - Rebounders

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:00:58 PM America/New_York

A rebounder is a mini-trampoline used for exercise by people of all age groups. It is ideal aerobic exercise, as it does not put strain on the knees or ankles. It also provides a variety of health benefits including an increase in agility, an improved sense of balance, and a decrease of body fat. We recommend the Soft-Bounce Needak Rebounder, available at https://www.needak.com/#2704.

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Recommendations Blog - Sleep Apnea

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:00:15 PM America/New_York

Sleep apnea is a common condition in which the mouth opens widely during sleep, causing a temporary blockage of air. A person undergoing a sleep apnea event will appear to be gagging. This causes a temporary decline in available oxygen. People with moderate to severe sleep apnea may have dozens to hundreds of such apnea events each night. This condition, which is also found in many patients with high levels of snoring, can be diagnosed in a sleep clinic. There are also home tests that use a finger-mounted electronic probe to monitor blood oxygen levels. Most people who suffer from sleep apnea are unaware of the problem. Sleep apnea results in increased blood pressure and inflammation, so it accelerates the formation of vulnerable plaque and is a risk factor for heart disease.

Excess body weight contributes to sleep apnea, so achieving optimal weight is one approach to reducing sleep apnea. One popular treatment is to use a device called CPAP (Continuous Pulmonary Airway pressure). The patient wears a mask connected to a device, which maintains positive airway pressure, reducing sleep apnea events. Most sleep-apnea patients find this cumbersome device intrusive, although people who suffer from severe sleep apnea find that it is worth it to be able to sleep well.

Another option is a custom dental appliance that prevents the air passageway from closing. One organization in Massachusetts that can conduct sleep apnea evaluations, prescribe CPAP or a sleep apnea dental appliance is Sleep Health Center.

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Product Blog - Alternative Milks-Stevia

Monday, May 9, 2011 9:59:28 PM America/New_York

While most sweeteners have negative features, stevia is a natural sweetener that is even good for you. Stevia is a plant indigenous to South America and is a natural food supplement that is 30 to 100 times sweeter than table sugar. It has been valued for its medicinal effects and natural sweetness in Paraguay for 1,500 years. It has been used similarly in Japan for the last 2 decades and has recently become popular in the United States as an all-natural, healthy sweetener.

We are not aware of any adverse reactions reported from the use of stevia. Numerous studies have been performed in Japan and in the United States on stevia's effects on cell membranes, enzymes systems and cancer, and no negative effects have ever been discovered. In fact, many significant health benefits of stevia have been observed:

  • Highly nutritious
  • Can lower blood sugar in diabetics, but also regulates blood sugar in nondiabetics
  • Kills bacteria that cause tooth decay
  • Can lower elevated blood pressure
  • Helps reduce cravings for alcohol and tobacco
  • Can increase energy levels and mental activity

Stevia is available from most health food stores. Ray & Terry prefer the stevia blend with maltodextrin, available in association with NuNaturalsTM

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Research Blog - Increasing Your Alkalinity

Monday, May 9, 2011 9:54:51 PM America/New_York

We have discussed how the body’s natural metabolic processes create acidic waste products, and, for optimal health, you need to restore your alkaline reserves. An effective way to do this is by drinking alkaline water, produced by a water alkalinizing machine This device, which looks like a coffee percolator, contains an electrical ionization system to split water into its acidic and alkaline portions. The alkaline water should be used for drinking and food preparation. The water’s alkalinity can be adjusted, and you should increase the level gradually to a pH between 9.5 and 10, which will provide a powerful detoxification treatment. We recommend that you drink 8 to 10 glasses per day of this alkaline water. It is one of the simplest and most powerful things you can do to combat a wide range of disease processes. The acidic water produced by the alkaline water machine from a separate outlet need not go to waste—it’s perfect for cleansing your skin. It’s also ideal to use for watering plants, which thrive in an acidic environment.

Excellent water alkalinizing devices (as well as a line of far infrared saunas, excellent for detoxification) are available thru High Tech Health.
Certain teas have alkalinizing effects on the body too.