Those eating plant-based diets get the most phytosterols, but there’s still room for improvement to maximize cholesterol reduction.
Nota del Doctor
Are there diminishing returns associated with other phytonutrients? See Maxing Out on Antioxidants, and Kiwifruit and DNA Repair. The “enterocyte trash recovery bins” of which I speak are an analogy I introduced in How Fiber Lowers Cholesterol—the second of a loose five-part series on the cholesterol-lowering effects of nuts and seeds (see Nuts and Bolts of Cholesterol Lowering). How Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol offers a bit of phytosterol background, and Optimal Phytosterol Source explains why whole food sources (nuts and seeds) are superior to phytosterol-fortified foods and supplements. Which other foods lower cholesterol levels? See New Cholesterol Fighters. And, why should one worry about cholesterol in the first place? See Blocking the First Step of Heart Disease; Cholesterol and Lower Back Pain; Cholesterol and Female Sexual Dysfunction; and Heart Attacks and Cholesterol: Purely a Question of Diet. I also have dozens of other videos on cholesterol.