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Sterols and Stanols: An Effective Way
to Manage Cholesterol

Meghan Lyons, M.S.

Sterols and stanols are plant-based compounds that have been clinically shown to effectively, naturally and safely lower cholesterol levels and promote heart health. Sterols and stanols work to prevent the absorption of dietary sources of cholesterol, which in turn helps to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels in the blood. For people who aim to take an active step towards improving their lipid profile, incorporating sterols and stanols in the diet can be a very valuable choice.


Sterols and Stanols are Recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program
As an initial step in the cholesterol management process, the National Cholesterol Education Program, as supported by the National Institutes of Health, recommends 2 grams (2000 mg) of plant sterols and stanols per day. In addition to dietary changes to include foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and dietary cholesterol, the NCEP encourages other Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC). These lifestyle modifications include increasing your physical activity and managing your body weight. To learn about these recommendations and how best to carry them out, visit the National Institute of Health’s “Your Guide to Lowering Cholesterol with Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)” and read more.


Americans Don’t Get Enough Sterols and Stanols from Diet Alone
Although sterols and stanols are naturally found in fruits, vegetables and grains, they occur in very small quantities, which explains why the average Western diet merely provides 150 to 400 mg per day. In fact, to meet the recommended 2000 mg through dietary intake alone, one would have to consume an enormous amount of approximately 55 large bananas or 13 cups of almonds. To that end, choosing a supplement that delivers an effective dose of sterols and stanols can be both a convenient and helpful way to achieve results.


A Safe and Effective Supplement for Improving Cholesterol Levels and Supporting Heart Health
Products containing at least 400 mg per serving of plant sterols and stanols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily intake of at least 800 mg as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Nature Made CholestOff Plus Liquid Softgel delivers 1800 mg of sterols and stanols per day and is a great option for people who are concerned about their cholesterol levels due to their dietary intake of cholesterol. Each daily serving of CholestOff Plus Liquid Softgels provides 1800 mg of plant sterols and stanols, which when paired with one’s diet, offers a smart strategy for meeting the recommended 2000 mg per day and promoting overall heart health.


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