What are plant sterols?
Plant sterols are in the foods we eat every day, including fruits, vegetables, vegetable oils, nuts and legumes. If we consume enough plant sterols in our diet, our blood cholesterol levels decrease. It is challenging to get enough plant sterols through diet alone, which is why a dietary supplement or food with added plant sterols is necessary to achieve the desired cholesterol reduction. In fact, the US FDA allows manufacturers of products containing a certain level of plant sterols to make claims related to cholesterol and heart disease reduction, if these products are also low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
How do plant sterols work?
The liver makes most of the cholesterol in our bodies and releases it into the intestine to aid with digestion. Further down in the intestine, cholesterol is reabsorbed back into the bloodstream and returned to the liver. Similar to soluble fiber, plant sterols help block this reabsorption of cholesterol in the intestine. This can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol by 5-15% while not affecting HDL (good) cholesterol or triglycerides. Plant sterols have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Gummies are an ideal means to improve adherence to the product. Our customers look forward to managing their cholesterol since they enjoy the taste and experience of the gummy. Other plant sterol products are available but adherence can suffer because people have a hard time swallowing large pills.
What is the difference between the Regular Strength and Clinical Strength products?
The gummies in each product are identical. The only difference is that the Clinical Strength product has more gummies per pouch.
The Clinical Strength product contains 30 pouches, each containing 6 gummies, providing 1400 mg of plant sterols per day.
The Regular Strength product contains 30 pouches, each containing 4 gummies, providing 932 mg of plant sterols per day.
For those trying maximize cholesterol reduction, we recommend the Clinical Strength product.