We recently learned that plant sterols and stanols are good for lowering cholesterol, knowing that, for example, combined with a low-fat diet and taking cholesterol-lowering drugs help lower high cholesterol.
However, at this particular point we are going to echo the so-called phytosterols, which are natural compounds that we find completely naturally in products of plant origin, such as seeds or oils.
And it is that as it has been possible to verify thanks to the realization of different studies that have investigated the different benefits and properties of phytosterols, they not only help to lower high cholesterol, but also hypertension.
Phytosterols help lower both cholesterol and hypertension
As we mentioned in a summarized way in previous lines, phytosterols are compounds of vegetable origin and totally natural, which we find, although in small quantities, in seeds, oils, etc…
It has a very interesting capacity in regard to cases of high cholesterol, since it intervenes in the metabolism of fats, therefore contributing to the control of cholesterol.
Not surprisingly, some recent scientific publications have indicated that a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and associated with the consumption of phytosterols, can help regulate the different levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
In addition, it has antioxidant properties since it has an association with vitamin E that is of great interest, something that joins its virtues to lower hypertension.
Benefits and properties of phytosterols
Among other issues, phytosterols stand out because they have the following benefits and properties:
- It helps reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, which is why they are good in cases of high cholesterol.
- It also helps in reducing hypertension; that is, the blood pressure considered as high.
- It has an interesting antioxidant property, being associated with vitamin E.