Phytosterols Are NOT Steroids
Phytosterols may sound like a really fancy name, and many people wrongly assume that they are a steroid. However, phytosterols are a world away from steroids and will not at any time work against your body. Big pharma industry often claim that you should not eat, or want to eat, this natural compound but they have a very good reason for saying this.
They are fully aware that sterols can block the body’s absorption of cholesterol, and if we ate more foods containing natural sterols, we would not need the more popular cholesterol drugs.
Scientists understand how sterols work within the body, and more importantly, how they in fact block cholesterol from being absorbed by the body. Food manufacturers have caught onto the benefits of sterols and are now adding them to the manufacturing process. A good example would be Flora margarine but they are now also being added to many other food products such as milk and yogurt.
At the moment you are more likely to see food products enriched with Omega 3 Essential Fatty acids but food production companies are catching up quick, and more products are in the pipeline from leading manufacturers. However, how much of the food product would you have to eat to absorb an effective quantity? Do you need the extra calories and how much sugar does the product contain? Flora Pro-Active may lower your cholesterol level slightly but in fact it is also a very good marketing and sales pitch.
The TV adverts are quick to show us a senior couple reducing their cholesterol by adding Flora Pro Active to their diet, but in fact there is no way the couple would be able to eat enough of the margarine to lower their cholesterol. Listen closely to the advert, and you will hear the announcer point out that they also eat more healthily and exercised. By the way, did you know that a margarine is only one molecule away from being a plastic? Try butter or olive oil instead, so much better for you.
How Do Sterols Work And Where Can You Find Them?
Plant sterols occur naturally in all fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. As a matter of fact, they look very similar to cholesterol and later on in this article we are going to extract some sterols just so you can see what they look like.
If, we imagine our arteries to be a dual line motorway, with cholesterol and plant sterols traveling in the same direction. We would soon notice that the plant sterols would overtake the cholesterol particles. They cholesterol particles would tag on to, or slip stream with, the plant sterols and would eventually be taken out of the body, or exit on the next slip road.
Many reputable organizations such as the American Heart Association now recommend supplements with plant sterols. Alternatively, it is also a good idea to add extra healthy foods such as nuts or legumes to your diet. Certain grains, especially flax seeds, are especially rich in sterols and it is a good idea to add them to your diet. It might be very tempting to buy a yogurt containing and advertising sterols to your diet, but how about making your own?
Create Your Own Health
Flax seeds is one of nature’s richest sources of sterols. Sterols can help to lower your cholesterol as a stand alone treatment but not as effectively as when used as part of the treatment. Choleslo is rich in sterols but that should not stop you from adding more sterols to you daily diet.
One of the best ways to do that is to making your own sterol blend. It is not difficult and you don’t need any special tools. As a matter of fact, what you need you may already have in your kitchen cupboard.
To make your own sterol mix you will need flax seed, a glass, a table spoon and some water. Start by placing two table spoons of flax seed in a glass, fill the glass up with water to just over the half way point and leave in a dark place overnight. When you come back into the kitchen the next day you will see the that a gel has formed. The gel will be clear and this is the gel that contains the sterols.
You can add the gel to a yogurt, or you can add a table spoon of the entire mixture. This is an excellent way to absorb and add sterols to your diet, and the formula is also a great way to treat IBS. The gel and seeds will encourage gentle bowel movements, and the gel is very similar in texture to the lining of the bowel. As a matter of fact, many scientists now believe that this mixture can lower inflammatory bowel disease.
The gel looks just like cholesterol but the main difference is that this gel will block the body’s absorption of cholesterol. Health is easy when you know how.