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Dietary Plant Sterols and Cholesterol Metabolism

Lars H. Ellegård MD, PhD, Susan W. Andersson PhD, A. Lena Normén PhD, Henrik A. Andersson MD, PhD
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2007.tb00266.x 39-45 First published online: 1 January 2007


Plant sterols, naturally occurring in foods of plant origin, reduce cholesterol absorption. Experimental studies show plant sterols to be an important part of the serum-cholesterol lowering effect of certain diets and dietary components. Epidemiological data show that individuals with higher intakes of plant sterols from their habitual diets have lower serum-cholesterol levels. To date, the role of naturally occurring plant sterols for lowering serum cholesterol has probably been underestimated. The consumption of dietary plant sterols should be a part of dietary advice to patients with hypercholesterolemia and the general public for the prevention and management of coronary heart disease.

  • cholesterol
  • diet
  • plant sterols

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