This Will Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

Medically reviewed in November 2021

Phytosterols are plant-derived compounds that help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and food manufacturers are adding them to more and more products—not just margarine. Finally, a processed-food ingredient that may actually be good for you!

Plant protection
A review of 84 scientific studies revealed that getting about 2 grams of phytosterols (stanols or sterols) per day, either from enriched foods or from supplements, helped lower participants' LDL by as much as 8.8 percent in most studies. Both forms of phytosterols were equally effective, and the type of food product the compound was found in didn't seem to make much difference.

Natural heart helpers
You can also get phytosterols naturally from nuts, seeds, whole grains and plant-based cooking oils, such as olive, vegetable, canola, peanut and sesame. And here are a few other ways you can help lower your cholesterol naturally:

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