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Are there any risks associated with taking a phytosterol?

While normal amounts of phytosterol (less than 2 grams a day) are harmless to most people and may have benefits, using higher doses may be harmful. If you have a vitamin deficiency because of malabsorption, digestive problems, or a rare genetic condition, sitosterolemia, you should not take phytosterol as risks are higher for you. Also, if you have allergies to preservatives, foods, or dyes, risks associated with taking phytosterol may be increased.

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