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Plant sterols reduce chances of heart attack

Plant sterols from grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, help lower cholesterol by blocking absorption during digestion, and help the body eliminate cholesterol along with other waste.

In this study, researchers measured the diets in 1,005 men and women, aged 29 to 73, who had had a first heart attack, and compared them to 3,148 people who had not. While there was no benefit in women, men who consumed more than 340 mg of plant sterols per day were 29 percent less likely to have a first heart attack compared to men who consumed less than 150 mg of plant sterols per day.

Discussing their findings, doctors said the health benefit came from a small increase in plant sterols, suggesting that even moderate changes in the diet could have an important effect on heart health.

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