Plant Sterols Recommended in Recent Report by the National Institutes of Health for Natural Colesterol Reduction

February 2002 – Health From the Sun/ Arkopharma formulated it’s all-natural cholesterol-reducing supplement Basikol™ from high-quality free plant sterols that supply the exact dosage recently recommended by the National Institutes of Health for a healthy heart program. A publication of the National Institutes of Health, The Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (ATP III), also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 16, 2001, Vol. 285, No.19) announced to the public a groundbreaking advance in alternative cholesterol treatments. This official inclusion of plant sterols in a program of LDL cholesterol-lowering therapy is based on a number of studies by medical heavyweights including the USDA, JAMA and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that prove the effectiveness of the supplement.

Although the NIH’s recommendation of plant sterols may be new, the knowledge of their benefits has been known for years. The cholesterol-lowering properties of plant sterols were first medically recognized in the paper “Lowering of Serum Cholesterol by the Administration of a Plant Sterol” presented to the American Heart Association in the 1950s. This presentation sparked interest in the subject and a number of studies resulted. U.S. physicians were finally prompted to recognize the efficacy of plant sterols against cholesterol in 2001 after years of receiving patient requests for alternatives to pharmaceutical drug therapies.

An overall consensus of the research concerned the way that plant sterols actually help reduce cholesterol. It is believed that the plant sterols actually prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by the human digestive system. The structure of the plant sterols is so similar to that of cholesterol that it actually competes with cholesterol for absorption sites.. The excess cholesterol then passes out of the digestive tract as harmless waste. With decreased cholesterol intake, the body’s total and LDL cholesterol blood levels are rapidly lowered to a more acceptable range. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000;71:908-13) illustrated the cholesterol-lowering effects of plant sterols. Before beginning cholesterol-lowering therapy, study subjects had an average 56% cholesterol absorption. When plant sterols were added to their diets, the study subjects’ levels of cholesterol absorption decreased to 38%.

The National Institutes of Health recommends supplementing the diet daily with plant sterols, such as those contained in Basikol™, for best results. Basikol™ is also free of the trans-fatty acids that the NIH’s report recommends that those with high cholesterol avoid. In recent studies, plant sterols have been proven to decrease LDL cholesterol levels by up to 33% and total cholesterol levels by up to 26% within a three-week period.

Basikol™ capsule, oil and granule dosage forms can be found in fine health food stores all over the world along with Health From the Sun/ Arkopharma’s many other lines of fine all-natural products. For more information on these products, call (800) 447-2249 or visit

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