What are plant sterols?
Plant sterols occur naturally in foods such as
nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables, but only in very small
amounts. They have a similar structure and shape to cholesterol so
will be absorbed by the body.
How do plant sterols help lower cholesterol
Most of the cholesterol in your body is
absorbed from food. What doesn't get absorbed is passed through
your body. Plant sterols have a similar shape and structure to
cholesterol molecules, so your body will absorb them in the same
way. Unlike cholesterol, plant sterols are harmless and don't
collect in your arteries.
By including 2-3 grams of plant sterols in your daily diet, you'll
reduce the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs and thereby
improve your overall heart health.
How much plant sterols should I be taking a
The Heart Foundation recommends a daily intake
of 2-3 grams of plant sterols. Every cup (250 mL) of HeartActive
has 0.8 g of plant sterols, so a minimum of 2 cups (500 mL) a day
will provide recommended amount.
Do I have to drink HeartActive every
In order for plant sterols to lower the
absorption of LDL cholesterol in your body, you must consume them
every day. But you don't have to drink it - we've put together a
collection of delicious recipes to make it easy to get your two
cups a day.
Can I still drink HeartActive after the first
An ongoing diet that includes HeartActive can
help with ongoing cholesterol management. Be sure to consult a
nutritionist or dietician for a personalised plan.
Can plant sterols be used with cholesterol
Yes. In general, the effect of plant sterols
will be in addition to cholesterol lowering medication. However,
people on cholesterol lowering medications should first review the
use of plant sterol enriched foods with their GP, to maximise how
they can effectively be combined.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is found in
most of the cells in our body and is produced by our livers or is
absorbed from food. There are two types of cholesterol: high
density lipoproteins (HDL known as 'good cholesterol') and low
density lipoproteins (LDL often referred to as 'bad
A high concentration of bad cholesterol in the blood is known to
be a leading cause for heart disease and stroke.
How do I know if I have high
Your regular health check-ups will include a
cholesterol test. Those with total cholesterol levels of 5.5 mmol/L
are considered to be at greater risk for heart disease and
ailments. According to the Australian Heart Foundation, about half
of Australians have cholesterol levels about 5.0 mmol/L and should
consider better cholesterol management.
What is permeate-free milk?
Permeate is a watery by-product of milk
processing. Some dairy companies add it in to milk to dilute the
protein levels. HeartActive is permeate-free. Not adding permeate
simplifies the milk manufacturing process and delivers milk which
is less processed and closer to how it is on the farm.
What are some cholesterol lowering
Diet can play an important role in lowering
your cholesterol. In addition to foods with plant sterols, like
HeartActive milk, a diet rich in high-fibre like oats, fish and
omega-3 fatty acids as well as walnuts, almonds and other nuts can
also help lower your cholesterol levels and improve heart
Can I drink milk if I'm on a low cholesterol
Most people think that a lower cholesterol diet
means cutting out dairy. But drinking HeartActive milk can help
lower your cholesterol. Consult a nutritionist or dietician to find
out how you can include HeartActive in your low cholesterol
What is the difference between HDL and LDL
HDL and LDL refer to the lipoproteins that
transport cholesterol around the body. High density lipoproteins
(HDL cholesterol) bring cholesterol to the liver, which means it
will pick up fatty deposits along artery walls. This is why it's
referred to as 'good cholesterol'.
Meanwhile, low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol) transport
cholesterol away from the liver and can deposit cholesterol along
artery walls which can result in build-up and clots and why it is
known as 'bad cholesterol'.