• Phytosterols - A Review and Tutorial

Speaker: Jillian Stansbury, ND  Phytosterols are steroid-like compounds in plants with pronounced hormonal actions. Phytoestrogens (a type of phytosterol) have been subjected to the most research and are shown to bind estrogen receptors and act as either agonists or antagonists, and sometimes both simultaneously. Phytosterols also include isoflavones, coumestans, and related compounds, which all have varying activity and ligand affinity in various tissues and with various estrogen sub-receptor types. This session reviews the maturing research on phytosterols and explores safety concerns, indications, contraindications, and important phytosterol-containing herbs such as legumes (Medicago, Trifolium, Pueraria, Glycyrrhiza) and Apiaceae family plants (Foeniculum and Pimpinella).


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