The word "phytosterol" may be unfamiliar but you've probably been eating them your whole life.
At least I hope you have!
Because a diet rich in phytosterols is a great way to reduce your risk of heart disease. And now, researchers suspect that phytosterols also play a role in prevention of Alzheimer's disease as well.
Read on to learn more.
What Are Sterols?
The word “phyto” means plant, of course. But what does “sterol” mean? Sterols are a family of molecules with a specific shape and structure. Phytosterols are sterols found in plants. The sterols you find in animals are called zoosterols and the best-known of these is cholesterol. And here’s where the link between phytosterols and heart disease comes into play.
Monica Reinagel, MS,LD/N, CNS, is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and professionally trained chef, author of Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet, and host of the Nutrition Diva podcast on Quick and Dirty Tips.