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Doctor insights on: Beta Sitosterol Side Effects

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Does beta sitosterol lower high LDL ?

Does beta sitosterol  lower high LDL ?

Yes, about 13%: There have been many research studies showing that Beta sitosterol lowers LDL an average of 13%. See http://tinyurl.com/zu4ap6w Beta sitosterol is much safer than statins for lowering cholesterol; see http://tinyurl.com/p48fhko However, while high LDL can be a factor in cardiovascular disease the main cause is inflammation. See http://tinyurl.com/axtab4d and http://tinyurl.com/9x3n594 ...Read more

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Does beta sitosterol lower cholesterol?

Does beta sitosterol lower cholesterol?

YES: Numerous research studies show that beta sitosterol lowers LDL cholesterol 9-14%. Beta sitosterol can be consumed by eating foods rich in plant sterols and stanols and also by taking supplements. See http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/phytosterols for details. ...Read more

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Super beta prostate has 600mg of plant sterols., and others. Other manufacturers of beta-sitosterol don't have as many in theirs. Is this important?

Super beta prostate has 600mg of plant sterols., and others. Other manufacturers of beta-sitosterol don't have as many in theirs. Is this important?

It could be: That a higher dose certainly sounds better... However to my knowledge there is no scientific proof that any sterols have any long term beneficial effect on prostate hypertrophy. The "drug" is advertised on the net ready to order. Go see a urologist have a psa done and listen to what the dr. Will tell you. Do not treat yourself! ...Read more

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Should I use beta sitosterol for erectile dysfunction?

Should I use beta sitosterol for erectile dysfunction?

No: Get an evaluation by a physician. You should have a serum testosterone checked as a minimum. Then you could try a medication that really works. ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

320 mg/day (s.p.): There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of saw palmetto for prostate symptoms. Some research has shown that saw palmetto might modestly improve symptoms such as going to the bathroom at night in some men. But higher quality and more reliable research seems to indicate that saw palmetto has little or no benefit for reducing these symptoms. Any benefit is modest at best. ...Read more

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Some one told me beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto taken togather stops hairfall.What should be the quantity of intake.I am using minoxidil(10% soln).

Some one told me beta-sitosterol and saw palmetto taken togather stops hairfall.What  should be the quantity of intake.I am using minoxidil(10% soln).

See a dermatologist: Saw palm contains small amt finasteride. A generic prescription is much more effective & not expensive if prescribed at 5 mg: you use a pill cutter to break it into 4 pieces. 2% Minoxidil works almost as well as 5% & costs less. 10% is not a regular commercial product. Result vary. Benefit comes only to those who use it religeously for years. ...Read more

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In researching cinnamon, I read one article warning it boosts sex hormone and contains beta-sitosterol, and both can cause prostate cancer. True?

In researching cinnamon, I read one article warning it boosts sex hormone and contains beta-sitosterol, and both can cause prostate cancer. True?

Possibly, yes and NO: There is no clear research showing cinnamon raises testosterone in humans; it might do so indirectly by lowering blood sugar as high sugar reduces testosterone. But high testosterone does not cause prostate cancer!- see http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/3/170 It does have Beta-sitosterol but research suggests that Beta-sitosterol reduces risk of prostate cancer: http://bit.ly/1nDr8zb ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Is a mix of saw palmetto .320mg and bets-sitosterol 100mg, pumpkin seed, corn silk, pygeum a good mix for enlarged prostate?

See below: There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of supplements for prostate symptoms. Saw palmetto most studied. Despite much anecdotal evidence suggesting benefit(s) from the supplements you mention, high quality and more reliable research seem to indicate that these supplements have little or no benefit for reducing bph-related symptoms. Very high placebo response. ...Read more