Usefulness of Bayer Heart Health Advantage, Other Phytosterol Supplements Questioned

Are phytosterol supplements like <"">Bayer Heart Health Advantage worth the money? While it is known that phytosterols can lower LDL – bad – cholesterol, there are some doubts that those contained in supplements like Bayer Heart Health Advantage offer the same benefits as those that occur naturally in foods.

Products like Bayer Heart Health Advantage claim to offer the benefit of phytosterols, natural plant-based ingredients proven to help lower bad cholesterol, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, can help block the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract, which helps to lower LDL.

Phytosterols are found mostly in vegetable oils, nuts and legumes. There are about 44 sterols known to exist in plants. The most abundant phytosterols are beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol. Diet rich in phytosterols is known to reduce serum cholesterol. For example, in one study it was found that subjects fed with wheat germ containing high phytosterol had 42 percent lower cholesterol in their blood as compared to those who were fed phytosterol-free wheat germ.

While phytosterol supplements have been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol in some studies, there is some debate on their effectiveness. Some researchers contend that, when undergoing the manufacturing process, the phytosterols found in supplements may not be as biologically active, meaning that they may not be as effective in lowering cholesterol if not manufactured properly.

People interested in the cholesterol-lowering advantages of phytosterols should thoroughly investigate supplements like Bayer Heart Health Advantage before spending their hard-earned money. It is important to ascertain whether or not the type of phytosterol included in a dietary supplement is the best type for lowering cholesterol. The absolute best way anyone can take advantage of phytosterols is to consumer a diet rich in foods that contain them, including vegetable oils, nuts and legumes.

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