Plant sterolins and sterols are naturally occurring plant fats and glucosides (pre-sugar molecules). First discovered in Germany in the 1930’s, they were studied for their ability to lower cholesterol. However, their real value was not even touched on until much later.
In 1957, they were studied extensively by the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. However, they failed to produce an acceptable drug even though the plant sterolins and sterols produced favorable results in lowering cholesterol. The problem was that sterolins and sterols are difficult to separate from the plant fiber.
For about 20 years beginning in 1960, there were over 100 studies showing the immune boosting and cholesterol lowering powers of these micro-nutrients called plant sterolins. The first book was then published showing the studies and how effective these micro-nutrients were at blocking absorption of cholesterol.
Interest really started to peak beginning in the 1990’s when studies began showing how quickly the immune system could be boosted, and how the severity of numerous diseases was affected. In the mid-1990’s, immune enhancers started to show up in health food stores. Although chemically extracted and low level, these products still were effective in boosting the immune system. Typically, manufacturers used soy beans and pine tree oil extracts to produce these immune enhancers. There are actually many companies (most companies) that still use these today, even though more effective sprouts, and improved extraction methods, are now available.
The list of diseases that seem to respond to plant sterolins and sterols appears to be virtually endless. Laboratory tests have shown that these micro-nutrients kill 66% of breast cancer cells in just five days, with similar results for prostate cancer and colon cancer.
The higher level of plant sterolins and sterols in the newer products appears to be an effective fighter for auto-immune disease such as Lupus, MS, and chronic fatigue syndrome. They are under investigational study as it appears they are able to help reset the body’s own immune defense system.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another situation where plant sterolins and sterols may be beneficial as they can both reduce the inflammation and help reset the immune response.
There are studies underway around the world on the possible benefits for those with ulcers, fever, diabetes, bacterial infection, and the AIDS virus.
In 1997, a new method was discovered for extracting the plant sterolins and sterols. This new method uses hydroponics, resulting in an 80% to 90% active component, compared to the 5%to 10% active component in prior methods. This is truly a scientific breakthrough that will have far reaching effects as more companies pay the premium required for these micronutrients. That means a product made using this technology is 10 to 15 times stronger then what is currently on store shelves. This has not been available in commercial markets until the last several years.
With this new extraction method, there may very well be a miraculous discovery in how disease is treated. Therefore, if you want to find a perfectly safe way to lower your cholesterol, improve your immune system, improve your overall health, and decrease the severity of numerous diseases, then finding a plant sterolin/sterol product made with the latest technology should be high on your list of priorities.
One of the first firms to use this improved technology was Enerex Botanicals in Canada; they typically always use the manufacturing processes which provide the most effective products – regardless of cost. Unfortunately, most other companies appear to value their profits more than the health of their clients. As long as a product works, at least marginally, and they can line their pockets with inflated marketing, it is apparently viewed as an acceptable business practice to use the cheapest methods and ingredients.
Be sure you get the powerful benefits of this new technology; do not fall victim to neutraceutical scams. For example, if you decided to use the Enerex product, it is sold as Immune Rx with the Enerex label. Another company is also using the name Immune Rx, but it does not have the Enerex label. Be very careful when you select the source for the plant sterolins and sterol products.
With an impeccable safety record for nearly thirty years, this is one supplement you probably need. Our entire family and friends take the one made by Enerex. There are a few others of course that will be effective to one degree or another, but do not waste your money on a copycat unless you are 100% sure of how it is made.
Mark Schumacher is a 58 year old health advocate, teacher, sports coach, and trainer. When not working or coaching he spends his time researching health solutions using natural methods. There are so many beneficial natural solutions that should be utilized first before the more radical prescription products are used.