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What Is Beta-Sitosterol Used for Today?
Some conditions are luckier than others. For some mysterious reason, there seem to be more useful herbal treatments for BPH than almost any other disease. Beta-sitosterol joins saw palmetto , pygeum , nettle , and grass pollen as a moderately well-documented treatment for BPH.
Based on highly preliminary evidence, it has been suggested that sitosterols may also help strengthen the immune system . 1 In particular, one study suggests that beta-sitosterol can help prevent the temporary immune weakness that typically occurs during recovery from endurance exercise , and can lead to a post-race infection. 2
- Pegel KH. The importance of sitosterol and sitosterolin in human and animal nutrition. S Afr J Sci. 1997;93:263-268.
- Bouic PJD, Clark A, Lamprecht J, et al. The effects of B-sitosterol (BSS) and B-sitosterol glucoside (BSSG) mixture on selected immune parameters of marathon runners: inhibition of post marathon immune suppression and inflammation. Int J Sports Med. 1999;20:258-262.