How does Sitostanol work?

Sitostanol blocks both the cholesterol from food and the cholesterol made by the liver from entering the body.

Are there safety concerns?

Sitostanol is safe for most people. It might cause stomach upset or too much fat in the stool (steatorrhea).

Adults can safely use sitostanol for up to one year, and children can safely use it for up to three months.

There is some concern that sitostanol might decrease absorption of some nutrients since it decreases fat absorption. Sitostanol does seem to reduce the absorption of dietary beta-carotene, but this reduction may not be important to health.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sitostanol during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Sitostanol.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • For high cholesterol: 800 mg to 4 grams of sitostanol per day have been tried. However, doses above 2 grams per day don't seem to work any better than 2 grams per day. Single daily doses seem to be as effective as divided doses administered twice or three times daily.

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