Dr Oz: 10 Cent Trick to Knock Down Cholesterol – Plant Sterols
If you have high cholesterol, please keep reading. The following advice from Dr. Oz can help you lower your cholesterol levels up to 14 percent simply by eating plant sterols.
Dr. Melina Jampolis has been recommending plant sterol to her patients with high cholesterol for years. She said it’s ability to lower cholesterol has been known for around 50 years but she believed more doctors do not prescribe them because they are not properly trained in nutrition and dietary supplements.
Statins Vs Plant Sterols to Lower Cholesterol
Dr. Oz wondered what the difference between plant sterol and statins were and Dr. Jampolis said it comes down to the side effects. Plant sterols are a naturally occurring compound in a number of foods while statins are a prescription medication that has a number of negative side effects.
How Does Cholesterol Buildup in the Body?
So how does cholesterol buildup in the body and how can plant sterols help? Dr. Oz said when you eat food, the cholesterol in the food ends up in the intestines and is absorbed by the intestinal walls and then distributed around the body where it can cause harm. With plant sterols however, they form a barrier on the intestinal wall so none of the cholesterol can be absorbed. When this happens the cholesterol travels all the way through the intestines and comes out your backside when you use the restroom.
Plant Sterol Success Stories
Dr. Oz talked with one woman, Crystal, who said her LDL cholesterol is at 148 even though she is not overweight, she eats a healthy diet and she exercises often.
Dr. Oz told her if the lifestyle changes are not working, then it is best to buy some plant sterols.
Another woman Dr. Oz talked with, Pam, said she was having terrible side effects from the statins she was taking so she had to change to plant sterols. Since that day two years ago, Pam said she has dropped her cholesterol by 50 points.
Dr. Oz Plant Sterol Recommendations
Dr. Oz recommended everyone begin taking 2,000 mg of plant sterols a day and if you are on statins right now, do not stop taking them. He suggested adding plant sterols to compliment the statins in lowering your cholesterol.
Common Foods with Plant Sterols
Dr. Oz said there are a lot of foods you can eat with plant sterols already in them. He said to look for labels that say “Fortified with Plant Sterols,” “Heart Healthy,” “Cholesterol Reducing,” or “Phyto Sterols.”
Some of the most common foods you can eat that have plant sterols are:
- Wheat germ
- Sunflower seeds
- Kidney beans
- Fortified tortilla chips
Also try making some of Dr. Jampolis’ delicious recipes packed full of plant sterols.
Dr Oz Plant Sterol Muffins Recipe
Dr Oz Plant Sterol Muffin Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat white flour
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup soymilk
Dr Oz Plant Sterol Muffin Directions:
- Preheat oven to 425.
- In large bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, chia seed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In medium bowl, beat egg with brown sugar, oil, applesauce and soy milk.
- Mix with bowl mixtures together just until evenly moistened. Spoon into muffin tins and bake for 15 to 17 minutes
Dr Oz Upside Down Taco Salad Recipe
Dr Oz Upside Down Taco Salad Ingredients:
- 2-3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 3/4 cup kidney beans
- 1/4 sliced avocado
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (or use 1/4 cup of salsa as salad dressing)
- 2 tbsp green pumpkin seeds
- 7 sterol-fortified crumbled tortilla chips
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Dr Oz Upside Down Taco Salad Directions:
- Stack ingredients in order of ingredients list. Top with crumbled tortilla chips.
- For the dressing, mix all ingredients of the dressing together in a small bowl.