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Higher Doses Of Plant Stanols Are Even More Effective At Cutting Cholesterol

June 21, 2010: 03:46 AM EST
Several clinical trials have shown that consuming about 1.5 to three grams of cholesterol-like compounds known as plant sterols and stanols a day reduces cholesterol levels. Now Dutch and German researchers have found that consuming up to nine grams a day – four times the current recommended intake (two grams) of plant stanols – is an even more effective way of reducing cholesterol. According to the study, which used Raisio's Benecol product in its testing, nine grams of stanols a day cut LDL cholesterol by 17.4 percent without impairing antioxidant defenses. “Interestingly,” the researchers, said, “at these intakes, effects were not very different from those obtained by the pharmaceutical cholesterol absorption inhibitor ezetimibe, which lowers LDL cholesterol by 15-25% … “
Ronald P Mensink, Arienne de Jong, Dieter Lütjohann, Guido RMM Haenen and Jogchum Plat, "Plant stanols dose-dependently decrease LDL-cholesterol concentrations, but not cholesterol-standardized fat-soluble antioxidant concentrations, at intakes up to 9 g/d1,2,3", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 21, 2010, © American Society for Nutrition
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