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Plant Sterols

EU heart health group backs sterols-stanols

Posted February 3, 2014

Two grams of plant sterols or plant stanols per day in functional foods can help manage cholesterol for those with moderate heart disease risk and who are taking statin drugs, the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) has said.

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Study: Plant Sterols Naturally Found in Corn Oil Linked To Heart Health Benefits

Posted December 9, 2013

Corn oil significantly reduces cholesterol with more favorable changes in total cholesterol (TC) and LDL-C than extra virgin olive oil, new research shows. The findings were presented today at the American Society for Nutrition’s Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition Conference by lead researcher, Dr. Kevin C Maki, PhD, of Biofortis, the clinical research arm of Mérieux NutriSciences.

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New Study Demonstrates Preventive Effect of Plant Sterols In Alzheimer’s

Posted October 25, 2013

It’s no secret that many of the phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables have a positive effect on our health. For instance, plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) help to lower cholesterol levels. According to a new study by researchers at Saarland University, they also appear to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Effect of a plant sterol, fish oil and B vitamin combination on cardiovascular risk factors in hypercholesterolemic children and adolescents: a pilot study

Posted January 9, 2013

Assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors can predict clinical manifestations of atherosclerosis in adulthood. In this pilot study with hypercholesterolemic children and adolescents, we investigated the effects of a combination of plant sterols, fish oil and B vitamins on the levels of four independent risk factors for CVD; LDL-cholesterol, triacylglycerols, C-reactive protein and homocysteine.

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Softgel sterols may cut cholesterol levels by 7.5%: Pharmavite study

Posted August 3, 2012

Five weeks of supplementation with plant sterols/stanols softgels in combination with lifestyle changes may reduce total cholesterol levels by 7.4%, report researchers from Biofortis Clinical Research and Pharmavite.

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Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimers

Posted April 30, 2012

Alzheimers disease cases are growing at an exponential pace, currently affecting one in eight people over the age of 65. Cutting edge research posits that the devastating illness is in part the result of metabolic disruption in the brain and has been coined Type III diabetes as it disrupts insulin levels in brain tissue. An extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt has been shown to inhibit the development and progression of the disease in this latest study.

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Vitamin D May Help Clear Deadly Amyloid Beta Plaques from the Brain

Posted April 30, 2012

Advanced age and the build-up of amyloid beta protein clumps on brain structures are the clinical manifestation leading to the devastating form of dementia known as Alzheimers disease. Breaking research published in the journal, Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, provides crucial evidence that vitamin D influences transporter proteins that help clear the naturally occurring proteins from the brain.

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Vitamin D reported to clear Alzheimer’s plaques

Posted April 30, 2012

Amyloid beta is the main component of plaques associated with Alzheimers disease. Now, UCLA researchers have discovered intracellular mechanisms regulated by Vitamin D3, which may stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of this substance. They published their findings on March 6 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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