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ster·ol

 (stîr′ôl′, -ōl′, stĕr′-)
n.
Any of a group of predominantly unsaturated solid alcohols of the steroid group, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, found in animals, plants, and fungi, especially as components of cell membranes.

[Short for cholesterol.]

sterol

(ˈstɛrɒl)
n
(Biochemistry) biochem any of a group of natural steroid alcohols, such as cholesterol and ergosterol, that are waxy insoluble substances
[C20: shortened from cholesterol, ergosterol, etc]

ste•rol

(ˈstɪər ɔl, -ɒl, ˈstɛr-)

n.
any of a group of solid, mostly unsaturated, polycyclic alcohols, as cholesterol and ergosterol, derived from plants or animals.
[1910–15; extracted from cholesterol, etc.]

ster·ol

(stîr′ôl′)
Any of various alcohols having the structure of a steroid, including cholesterol. Sterols are found in the tissues of animals, plants, fungi, and yeasts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sterol - any of a group of natural steroid alcohols derived from plants or animals; they are waxy insoluble substances
alcohol - any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
steroid - any of several fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms in four rings; many have important physiological effects
cholesterin, cholesterol - an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
ergosterol - a plant sterol that is converted into vitamin D by ultraviolet radiation
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Asian populations have traditionally had higher intakes of vegetable and plant products that are not commonly available in Western countries; it has been suggested that some of these traditional foods contain ingredients (soy protein, plant sterols and fibres, for example) that may beneficially affect blood cholesterol levels.
Yes, not only is it okay, but research shows that consuming sterols while taking a statin can reduce blood levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or "bad") cholesterol beyond what statins can do alone.
Plant sterols have been recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as potentially helping reduce the risk of heart disease.
As the positive effect of sterols against cardiovascular diseases is known, they are widely used as active compounds in various functional foods and medicaments for the treatment and prevention of heart-related diseases.
Determination of sterols in stream sediment may complement determination of fecal coliform and nitrate as means of indicating waste impact.
Plant sterols are compounds structurally similar to cholesterol.
The small print carries much the same message, but with the government's signature eloquence: "Plant sterols eaten twice a day with meals for 0.
The term "phytosterols" covers plant sterols and plant stanols.
Cargill's CoroWise Naturally Sourced Cholesterol Reducer brand of plant sterols can be good news for food and beverage manufacturers seeking ways to develop heart healthy products.