These are plant derived sterols also known as BetaSitosterols. They have been extensively evaluated by Buic et al. in the medical literature. At high doses we can use them effectively for lipid management. In low doses they appear to balance our immune systems very effectively, by rebalancing T helper 1 and T helper 2 cells . These are cells which identify good and bad antigens and manage them correctly. When either one is dominant, there is a problem.
Over the past 40 years we have become, at least in North America, a T helper 2 skewed society. When Th-2 cells recognize a foreign substance/pathogen, the B cells are told to generate antibodies. These antibodies then attack the virus, bacteria or allergen and again protect us.
If the pro-inflammatory process is not replaced at some stage with a “cooling down” process involving anti-inflammatory cytokines, then damage to the body occurs, because the pro-inflammatory cytokines continue to direct immune cells to “bomb” the site, and the result is not only destruction to the pathogens, but also to healthy cells.
Phytosterols help to rebalance Th1 and Th2 cells over a period of a few months. We can also use them acutely to support overall immune function.
Dosing: 45 to 90mg twice a day on an empty stomach for 7 to 10 days, or otherwise as prescribed by your healthcare provider
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