Friday, September 15, 2006

Sterols in Shea Butter

Don’t be frightened by the photo to the left. This is not a chemistry lesson! It is simply a 3-D image of the molecular structure of a plant sterol.

Phytosterols or Plant Sterols are naturally occurring components in many vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, oils, and other plant sources. They are essential structures of plant cell membranes and structurally resemble cholesterol and other animal sterols.

Shea Butter contains several all-natural plant sterols. The majority of sterols in Shea Butter are spinasterol, stigmasterol, and Beta-sitosterol. These compounds provide the following anti-inflammatory benefits for using shea butter:
Relaxes Tired Muscles
Reduces Swelling
Decreases Itching
Soothes Allergic Reactions
Helps Treat Hemorrhoids

Mother Nature’s anti-inflammatory compounds, plant sterols, are found throughout nature. They are especially abundant in Shea Butter and lend to its powerful healing properties.


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