[Phytosterols as a functional food].

  title={[Phytosterols as a functional food].},
  author={Marek Vecka and Ale{\vs} Ž{\'a}k and Eva Tvrzicka},
  journal={Casopis lekaru ceskych},
  volume={146 4},
Many dietary recommendations which try to lower the concentration of total, respectively LDL cholesterol, force us to look back to vegetable-based diet. The plants synthesize many compounds similar to cholesterol, called phytosterols and phytostanols, and these sterols are consumed in average Western diet in amounts ranging from 200 to 500 mg/day. Phytosterols and phytostanols share the mechanisms of absorption with cholesterol molecule and influence the cholesterol metabolism inside the… CONTINUE READING


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