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Plant Sterols Beneficial to Cancer and Enlarged Prostate

Plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) are a group of phytochemicals naturally found in a variety of plant sources such as vegetable oils, nuts, grains, and seeds. They have been scientifically studied and documented to provide cardiac protective benefits and are even FDA approved for lowering cholesterol levels.* These phytochemicals accomplish reducing cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from the foods we eat as well as the cholesterol our bodies make naturally. Recently, there is accumulating evidence that suggests plant sterols deliver beneficial effects in the development of different types of cancer too!

Recognizing the therapeutic effects of plant sterols for the heart several years ago, I developed my own all-natural supplement called LDL Protect. My intention was to develop a safe and effective aid for those who needed extra help and were considering taking cholesterol lowering drugs to achieve an LDL cholesterol below 100. Although a high nutrient diet-style like mine is shown to be the most effective approach for lowering cholesterol, some people may take longer to gain maximum results and can benefit by supplementation. To ensure the most effective and high quality formula, my LDL Protect combines plant sterols with a premium-grade of pomegranate extract concentrate. It is proven to be safe and effective without side effects. I did not realize then that this product would have further reaching health benefits – offering protection against cancer and even relieving symptoms of enlarged prostate.

Experimental studies point to plant sterols playing a protective role in the development of some types of cancer such as breast, colon and prostate.1,2,3,4 These studies indicate that phytosterols in the diet offer a potentially protective benefit in lung cancer, stomach cancer, and esophageal cancer.

Epidemiological studies suggest that dietary phytosterols confer protection against specific cancers. A protective role of dietary phytosterols in colon carcinogenesis has been suggested from studies done with Seventh Day Adventists whose principles promote a vegetarian diet.5

A protective therapeutic role for dietary plant sterols has also been reported in patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate).6 Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is not prostatic cancer but rather an enlargement of the prostate. It is a common medical condition in older men. Clinical symptoms of BPH have been shown to be improved by dietary supplementation of small doses (60-130 mg) of plant sterols. Studies show that supplemental phytosterols were associated with significant improvements in prostatic function compared to placebo.7 They suggest that plant sterols affect the enlarged prostate producing symptomatic relief and offer an effective option in the treatment of BPH.

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Dr. Fuhrman's LDL Protect

Powerful, cholesterol lowering and cardio–protective ingredients WITH cancer protective benefits


  • 100% natural, food–derived ingredients
  • Premium grade pomegranate extract, dramatically benefits the heart and blood vessels
  • Plant sterols, FDA approved for lowering cholesterol levels*
  • Safe and effective in clinical trials
  • Gluten free


  • No side effects or adverse reactions
  • No known contraindications
  • Reduces atherosclerosis and blood pressure
  • Proven to lower LDL cholesterol
  • Protects against diseases of aging, like dementia and strokes
  • Protects against cancer
  • May relieve symptoms of enlarged prostate

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* Foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols, taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

1Mendilaharsu M, De Stefani E, Deneo-Pellegrini H et al. Phytosterols and risk of lung cancer: a case study in Uruguay. Lung Cancer 1998; 21:37-45
2Ronico A, De Stefani E, Baffetta P et al. Vegetables, fruits and related nutrients and risk of breast cancer: a case control study in Uruguay. Nutr Canc 1999; 35:111-19
3De Stafani E, Brennan P, Boffeta P et al. Vegetables, fruits, related dietary antioxidants and the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus: a case control study in Uruguay. Nutr Canc 2000; 38: 23-29
4De Stanfani E, Baffetta P, Ronco AL et al. Plant Sterols and risk of stomach cancer: a case study in Uruguay. Nutr Canc 2000; 37:140-144
5Nair P. Turjman N, Kessie G et al. Diet, Nutriton Intake and metabolism in populations at high & low risk for colon cancer. Dietary cholesterol, beta sitosterol and stigmasterol, Am J Clin Nutr 1984: 40:927-30.
6Klippel kf, Hiltl DM, Schipp B. A multicentric, placebo-controlled double blind clinical trial of beta-sitosterol (phytosterol) for the treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia. Brit J Urol 1996; 80;427-432.
7Berges RR, Kassen A, Senge T. Treatment of Symtomatic benign prostate hyperplasia with beta-sitosterol: an 18th month follow up. BJU Int 2000; 7:842-6

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