What Are Plant Sterols?
Plant sterols naturally occur in small quantities in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, grains, fruit, and vegetables. You can also find them (in greater concentrations) in Flora ProActiv products, to which these helpful substances are added. In more than 50 clinical studies, plant sterols have been proven to significantly lower cholesterol*.
Plant sterol foods
As mentioned above, plant sterols occur naturally in plant-based foods, but only in small amounts. The simplest way to eat enough plant sterols in food to help lower cholesterol is to enjoy products to which they have been added: Flora ProActiv products contain the optimum daily amount of plant sterols to achieve this.
How do plant sterols lower cholesterol?
Plant sterols (as found in Flora ProActiv foods) work by partially blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. This reduces the amount of cholesterol that enters the bloodstream, resulting in lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Eating the recommended amount of plant sterols – 1.7 to 2.4 grams – daily can help you lower your cholesterol levels by 7 to 10% in just two to three weeks *.
You can read some of the real life stories of people who are lowering their cholesterol with the help of a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle and Flora ProActiv – and share your own success story – here.
How much plant sterols would I need to eat to help lower cholesterol?
To benefit from plant sterols in foods, you need to eat between 1.7 and 2.4 grams every day as part of a balanced diet with sufficient fruit and vegetables. With three servings of Flora ProActiv spread or milk (or just one mini drink) every day, you can be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of plant sterols to lower your bad cholesterol*.
How much is one serving of Flora ProActiv?
- One serving of Flora ProActiv spread is 10g – that’s about 2 teaspoons, or enough for 1–2 slices of toast. Or you could try it as a topping to your jacket potato, in sandwiches, or melted over veg.
- A serving of Flora ProActiv milk drink is 250ml – that’s a quarter of a carton or a medium-sized glass. It’s delicious poured over cereal or added to tea and coffee over the course of the day.
- One Flora ProActiv mini drink contains your plant sterols for the whole day! These come in four tasty flavours: Raspberry & Pomegranate, Strawberry, Mango & Cherry, and Original.
Can I take plant sterols as well as statins?
If you are on statins, plant sterols can offer additional benefits in lowering cholesterol*. In fact, because each approach lowers cholesterol in a different way, the combined effect is cumulative. For advice on combining cholesterol lowering medications and ProActiv, please speak to your GP.
Are there any known side effects of plant sterols?
There are no known plant sterols side effects – we’re eating them in small amounts naturally whenever we enjoy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant-based foods, after all. Extensive study has shown them to be safe and beneficial for the vast majority of consumers.
However, plant sterols may not be nutritionally appropriate for pregnant and breastfeeding women or children under five. When you decide to lower your cholesterol, you should always ask your GP for advice – including on any dietary changes.
Are there other ways I can lower my cholesterol, as well as plant sterol foods?
There are plenty of simple ways you can adjust your diet and lifestyle to help lower your cholesterol! We’ve created our 21-Day Challenge Cholesterol Lowering app and free downloadable Cholesterol Lowering Starter Kit to help out, as well as a number of balanced recipes for a healthy diet. Take your first step towards better heart health today!
*Flora ProActiv contains plant sterols. Plant sterols have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Consuming 1.5-2.4g of plant sterols per day can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle with sufficient fruit and vegetables.