Phytosterols protect hearts -and wallets

A new report is available touting the important heart-healthy benefits of phytosterols, compounds found in plants that can lower cholesterol -something many of us could benefit from. And you may also appreciate the financial implications raised in this report, which indicate that taking phytosterol dietary supplements atpreventive intake levels may impact your wallet by reducing the potential for a costly coronary heart disease (CHD)-related medical event.

The report, «Smart Prevention-Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements,» conducted by Frost & Sullivan through a grant from the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF), shows that if the targeted population-U.S. Adults over the age of 55 with CHD -takes phytosterol dietary supplements at the preventive intake levels indentified in the report, it can lead to individual and societal health care savings by reducing risk of CHD-related medical event by over 11 percent.

«According to the economic report, for those currently suffering from CHD, it’s financially prudent to include phytosterols to help prevent medical events associated with the disease. Medical events are expensive; this report tells us it’s worth considering the 15 cents per day it costs to take phytosterols to help prevent these kinds of events in the first place,» said Steve Mister, president, CRNF.

According to Duffy MacKay, ND, senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition, «Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for hearth disease, Daily consuption of phytosterols can prevent cholesterol buildup in the body by inhibiting its absorption in the intestine. I encourage my patients with or without high cholesterol to eat a phytosterol-rich diet that includes plenty of nuts, whole grains and vegetables. Shen diet changes are not enough to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range, I recommend phytosterol-containing dietary supplements. This report reinforces phytosterols as a viable preventive health measure for these individuals.»
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Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition