Plant sterols and heart health


? Sterols are substances found in plants that lower your absorption of cholesterol. 

Narrowings and blockages in the arteries that supply blood to your heart can develop due to a build up of cholesterol plaque. Reducing your cholesterol can help to prevent this occurring.

You’ll find plant sterols in fresh fruits and vegetables and in sterol-enriched foods like margarine, breakfast cereal, reduced fat yoghurt or reduced fat milk.

If you’re at high risk of cardiovascular disease due to your lifestyle or medical history, the Heart Foundation recommends that you eat 2-3 g of sterols each day.

This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.