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Can phytosterols increase the effectiveness of statins?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Extracted from vegetable oils, phytosterols are similar in structure to cholesterol and interfere with cholesterol absorption from food. At a dose of about 2000 milligrams a day, taken with meals, phytosterols can enhance the cholesterol-lowering effect of statins without increasing statin toxicity.

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