Facts and Food Sources of Campesterol

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Campesterol is a steroid derivative i.e. a simplest sterol often characterized by hydroxyl group in position C-3 of steroid skeleton and saturated bonds throughout sterol structure and exception of 5-6 double bond in B ring. Campestrol is a phytosterol with similar chemical structure of cholesterol.  Chemically, campesterols resemble cholesterol but is found commonly in plant based foods such as peppers, bananas and potatoes. It helps to prevent absorption of bad cholesterol and balance blood cholesterol level.

Campesterols shows anti-inflammatory properties which makes it beneficial for cardiovascular diseases and arthritis among other health conditions. Firstly, campesterols were isolated from rapeseed. It inhibits various pro-inflammatory compounds which are involved in arthritis.

Food Sources

Food name Weight (g) Campesterol (mg)
Sesame seeds 150 80
Canola oil 14 34
Pine nuts 135 27
Almonds 157 14
Flaxseed oil 13.6 13
Macadamia nuts 132 13
Cashew 129 13
Pistachio 123 12
Avocados 230 12
Pecans 109 7
Black walnuts 125 6
Shiitake mushrooms 145 6
Mayonnaise 13.8 5
Flaxseeds 10.3 5
Dark chocolate 28.35 3
Cashew 28.35 3
Morel mushroom 66 2
Portabella mushroom 86 2
Oyster mushrooms 148 1
Pomegranates 87 1

 

Health Benefits of Campesterol

  1. Anti-Inflammatory activity

Campesterols are used for prostate growth or inflammation commonly known as benign prostate hyperplasia. These are crucial constituents of saw palmetto berry extract which is an effective natural treatment for benign prostate growth. Campesterols are also offered to people with osteoarthritis characterized by mild inflammation, cartilage destruction and joint pain. It could be beneficial for other inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, allergies and sinusitis.

  1. Balance cholesterol

Besides anti-inflammatory properties, campersterol is known to have an affinity for LDL cholesterol and able to lower serum levels upto 10 percent. Campesterol and other plant sterols have some value to lower the chance of cardiovascular problems such as heart failure, atherosclerosis and stroke.

How safe is campesterol?

Campesterol is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth.

Precautions

  • During pregnancy and breast-feeding, it should be avoided.
  • Use of campesterol could worsen the condition of sitosterolemia.
  • It could cause some side effects such as nausea, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea.
  • It is also associated to erectile dysfunction and loss of interest in sex.

Usual dose

By mouth:-

For BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia): 60 to 130 mg of campesterol partition into 2-3 doses regularly.

For high cholesterol: 800 mg to 6 grams per day divided and taken before meals.

Forms available

Campesterol is available in form of tablets and softgels.

References:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/campesterol#section=Top

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campesterol

https://hellodoktor.com/herbal/campesterol/

http://mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com/2012/09/what-are-health-benefits-of-campesterols.html

https://www.hrlsupplements.com/betarol-prostate-health-a-breakdown-of-active-ingredients/

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