Plant sterols and stanols are cholesterol-lowering compounds found in tiny quantities in a wide range of grains, nuts, and vegetables. You'll get a more concentrated dose in fortified foods like salad dressings, juice, and vegetable spreads. (The label will usually say "proven to reduce cholesterol" or "with plant sterols.") But your best bet is in supplements like Nature Made's CholestOff and Benecol Smart Chews. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Real Cause, Real Cure, suggests having a daily dose of 1.8 grams of sterols and stanols from plants, fortified foods, and supplements.
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