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Old 05-09-2005, 10:09 AM   #1
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Plant Sterol supplements for cholesterol control

It is my understanding that what plant sterols do is block the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. Does this refer to food containing cholesterol that is eaten by the person (dietary cholesterol) OR does this include cholesterol manufactured by the person themselves (serum cholesterol).

I ask this because it is my sense that because the blockage of absorbtion takes place in the small intestine that it is only protecting you from dietary cholesterol not serum cholesterol (manufactured by the body). But then I don't know where serum cholesterol goes once it is manufactured by the liver. Perhaps it goes directly into the bloodstream????

If this is the case, is there much of a point in taking plant sterol supplements if your diet hardly ever includes foods high in cholesterol?

 
Old 05-09-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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Re: Plant Sterol supplements for cholesterol control

babydog,

That's correct; only the amount absorbed from our food is reduced with the plant sterols. And again correct; if your diet contains very little or no cholesterol (like a vegetarian diet) the sterols will border on worthless.

 
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Old 05-09-2005, 12:02 PM   #3
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Re: Plant Sterol supplements for cholesterol control

Hi Lenin,

Thanks so much for your response. You saved me quite a bit of money!


 
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