Phytosterols: Mode of Action
Phytosterols inhibit intestinal cholesterol absorption, meaning less cholesterol enters the bloodstream, thereby lowering low-density liboprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. In 16 recently published studies that used phytosterols to reduce plasma cholesterol levels in a total of 590 subjects, phytosterol therapy was accompanied by an average 10% reduction in total cholesterol and a corresponding 13% reduction in LDL cholesterol levels.
FDA Allows Health Claims for Phytosterols
The FDA states, "foods and supplements containing at least 400mg per serving of plant sterols, consumed twice a day with meals for a total intake of at least 800mg, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” It is very hard to get the FDA to supply a statement endorsing a non-prescription, but the evidence is truly clever.
Omega-3 Fish Oils and Phytosterols
Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is known to lower triglycerides and to be anti-inflammatory. Clinical studies combining phytosterols with diets rich in fish oil or sunflower oil showed significant lowering of LDL cholesterol; however, only the fish oil and phytosterol combination lowered both triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
Current research has demonstrated that the consumption of a combination of low-dose omega-3 and plant sterols can effectively reduce both LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride level.
Please ask your chiropractor about your specific needs, including the risk of CVD and the side-effects and risks of statin therapy.
Source: Karuna Health