ForesterolTM contains a phytosterol mixture of plant sterols/stanols that has been shown to be effective in supporting healthy cholesterol levels in the body. This mixture is from the non-GMO tall oil of the coniferous pine tree and mainly consists of four major phytosterols: beta-sitosterol, campesterol (in the free sterol form, not as sterol esters), campestanol, and sitostanol.
Phytosterols are considered the plant equivalent to animal cholesterol. Because they are similar in structure to cholesterol, phytosterols compete with cholesterol absorption in the intestines, thereby inhibiting absorption of both dietary cholesterol and cholesterol made by the liver. People consume phytosterols every day in their diets as all plants contain them, but not in amounts sufficient to affect cholesterol levels.
Therefore, in addition to prescription drugs and dietary changes, supplementing with phytosterols may also be very effective. In fact, The National Cholesterol Education Program (established by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) recommends plant sterols as part of their Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet for patients with high cholesterol.
Facts about Cholesterol
Our bodies actually need cholesterol, as it helps to make cell membranes, hormones, and vitamin D, and is important for brain function. What we do not need is an excessive build-up of cholesterol in the wrong places, such as in our arteries, because this may lead to heart disease.