Phytosterols have ability to help lower cholesterol. Phytosterols actually compete for absorption with cholesterol in the digestive tract. While they prevent the absorption of regular dietary cholesterol, they themselves are not easily absorbed, which leads to a total lower cholesterol level.
Phytosterols prevents the production of cancer cells, stopping the growth and spread of cells that are already in existence and actually encouraging the death of cancer cells. Their high anti-oxidant levels are believed to be one way phytosterols help works against cancer.
Phytosterols not only stopped the slow-down of collagen production that can be caused by the sun, it actually encouraged new collagen production. The new Production of Collagen means it can help slow down process of skin aging by significant results.
Phytosterols also helps in improvement of metabolism.
Phytosterols are often used for weight loss, because they reduce cholesterol absorption in body, thus further buildup of cholesterol is stopped.
There are many nutrients that are claimed to be heart healthy. Among the best known are phytosterols, often added to margarines and dairy products. Their cholesterol lowering effects are generally well accepted. They are found in the cell membranes of plants, where they play important roles, just like cholesterol in humans. The most common phytosterols in the human diet are campesterol, sitosterol and stigmasterol. There are also molecules called plant stanols, which are similar.