Beta sitosterol is one of a family of compounds called phytosterols. These sterols, or plant fats, occur naturally in plants and are especially plentiful in oils, seeds, nuts, grains, and legumes. Phytosterols have benefits for many aspects of health, including supporting the immune system. Recent studies indicate that beta sitosterol in particular can help to maintain a healthy prostate gland and assist in fat and cholesterol metabolism.
Nearly all men over 50 have an enlarged prostate, the gland that surrounds the urethra. This increase in size causes pressure on the bladder and restricts the flow of urine. Beta sitosterol assists in regulating urinary problems. Both beta sitosterol and Pygeum africanum, the bark of an African tree that reduces swollen prostate tissue, can be found in Natur-Leaf® nutritional supplements.
Beta sitosterol is also known to combine with LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, to form a crystalline substance which cannot be absorbed in the intestine. This substance is then excreted, taking the LDL with it. Plant sterols may also raise the levels of "good" HDL cholesterol. In 2000, the FDA ruled that foods containing plant sterols may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to get adequate amounts of phytosterols in an ordinary diet. Natur-Leaf® is a nutritional supplement containing beta sitosterol and other sterols. Because of its high bioavailability, Natur-Leaf® ensures a much higher concentration of sterols and sterolins than you can find in other supplements that promote beta sitosterol. Regular use of this supplement may be of great benefit to both prostate and cardiac health.