Beta-sitosterol might help reduce cholesterol levels by limiting the amount of cholesterol that is able to enter the body. It can also help reduce swelling in the prostate and other tissues.
People most commonly use beta-sitosterol for lowering cholesterol levels and improving symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH). It's also used for heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), male-pattern baldness, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these other uses.
In the US, foods that contain at least 650 mg of beta-sitosterol are allowed to state that they might reduce the risk for heart disease. Don't confuse beta-sitosterol with sitostanol, a similar plant substance.
Uses & Effectiveness
Likely Effective for
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Taking 60-130 mg of beta-sitosterol by mouth in divided doses daily helps improve symptoms of BPH. But it doesn't actually shrink an enlarged prostate.
- High cholesterol. Taking beta-sitosterol by mouth can lower total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels. But it doesn't raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol levels.
Possibly Effective for
- Heart disease. Eating foods that contain at least 3.4 grams of plant sterols daily as part of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet might help prevent heart disease.
- Inherited tendency towards high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). Taking beta-sitosterol by mouth might help reduce total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol levels in children and adults with this condition who are also following a cholesterol-lowering diet. But it doesn't seem to work as well as sitostanol or the cholesterol-lowering drug bezafibrate.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-sitosterol is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Beta-sitosterol is likely safe when taken in doses of up to 12 grams daily (divided into 3 separate doses) for up to 3 months.
Sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease: People with this condition have too much beta-sitosterol and related fats in their blood and tissues. Taking beta-sitosterol makes this condition worse. Don't take beta-sitosterol if you have sitosterolemia.
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