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Beta-sitosterol is included in a variety of dietary supplements and function foods, but is beta-sitosterol safe? Before using these products, talk to your healthcare provider if you have sitosterolemia, a vitamin deficiency due to malabsorption digestive problems, or any allergies. Since beta-sitosterol may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, talk to your healthcare provider first if this applies to you.
- A vitamin deficiency due to malabsorption digestive problems
- Sitosterolemia (phytosterolaemia), a rare genetic condition
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Beta-sitosterol may decrease the absorption of some vitamins, particularly vitamin E and beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A). If you already have a vitamin deficiency, this could become a problem.
- Sitosterolemia (phytosterolaemia) is a rare genetic condition involving cholesterol and beta-sitosterol. People with this condition have unusually high levels of beta-sitosterol and should avoid beta-sitosterol products.
- Beta-sitosterol can interact with a few different medications (see Beta-Sitosterol Drug Interactions).
- It is not known if beta-sitosterol is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Beta-Sitosterol and Pregnancy and Beta-Sitosterol and Breastfeeding).