What is Beta Sitosterol?
Acai berry has a large amount of beta sitosterol, but what is beta sitosterol? We will discuss
what beta sitosterol is, benefits of beta sitosterol as well as the foods that contain beta sitosterol.
Explanation of what beta sitostrol is
Beta sitosterol or β-sitosterol is one of a few phytosterols or plant sterols whose
chemical structures are similar to that of cholesterol. The chemical structure or diagram of the beta
sitosterol is shown above.
Foods that contain beta sitosterol
Among foods that contain beta sitosterol are:
- acai berry
- Serenoa repens (saw palmetto),
- Curcurbita pepo (pumpkin seed),
- Pygeum africanum,
- rice bran,
- wheat germ,
- corn oils,
- soybeans, and
Benefits of beta sitosterol
Beta sitosterol is often combined with other similar phytosterols or plant sterols in food or
drinks for maximum benefits. Among many benefits of beta sitosterols is the infamous lowering of
cholesterol. Beta sitosterol may also treat hypercholesterolemia as well as treating mail hair loss.
There are also possible links of the benefits of beta sitosterol to herbal
therapy of benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH. In Europe, beta sitosterol is used in medicine for benign