I think so, and science is in support of my view.”. In this group statin treatment resulted in a further increase of plant sterols and the number of heart attacks was twice as high compared with the patients with the lowest plant sterol levels. I am a 65 yr old male. It is called “Heart Matters” and should be commended for having no adverts. I have even been in the garden this morning in all the snow flurries pottering about. Food is supposed to be good for you, which is why many people believe that functional foods such as cholesterol-lowering spreads are a ‘good thing’. We cook fish in butter – more stable. Ellie – I agree that perhaps Dwight Lundell might not have been the very best example to use regarding the real causes of heart disease, but what he writes in the article I mention is borne out by quite a number of other sources which are equally easily googled. You don’t say how old you are but even patient leaflets caution about anyone over 70 taking statins – that’s because the drug companies know lowering cholesterol in older people is not a good idea. − if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant Ezetrol. The brain uses 25% of the cholesterol of the body so the last thing you want is dementia/to lose your mind because of an ignorant health official! I made several trips to my doctors who did several blood tests which revealed nothing. Finally, the stuff needs some colour to make it look edible, so, of course, the preferred colour is butter colour. Does Unilever know? James. Should cholesterol lowering spreads come with a health warning for pregnant women? Best wishes – Zoe. Rearranging these tryglycerides with oils containing unsaturated fatty acids lowers the melting point and creates fats with properties better suited for target food products. Flavourings can be mixes of several synthetic chemicals. Having been a smoker, one thing I found out before I quit was that smoking interferes with the production of HDL cholesterol (good). 0800xford , Jan 10, 10:50pm Their benefits seem impressive at first glance. Okay, now you have a better understanding of how Proactiv’s three systems differ from each other and which one is best suited for your skin, but there are still a few things you … For women to make a healthy baby, they need a lot of cholesterol. An entire industry, worth five billion dollars in the USA (2008) alone,[i] has been built on the irony of destroying the reputation of butter and then trying to reproduce the substance. Since cholesterol is the essence of every cell in the body, as we age, we need more to repair and protect. Apparently, it is the balance between the two which is more important rather than the overall cholesterol figure. By Dr John Emsley. I “can’t believe” you missed out my favourite example! I first saw the advert on UK TV screens in January 2013 – you can see it here. (Links in the post above) and you need to know how Flora lowers cholesterol (also above). ”. Hi, A woman confidently asserts “A key risk factor for heart disease is high cholesterol.” My independent, unbiased, not-funded-by-drug-companies study of all 192 countries for which the World Health Organisation has data shows that the exact opposite is true. The thought of consuming bacteria on purpose is probably a hard one to swallow. If we were supposed to be replacing human cholesterol with plant cholesterol I figure that there would be a natural process for this. That’s why Flora spreads start with a blend of plant-based oils and contain less saturated fat than butter, so you can make that right choice for you and your family. In the process of hydrogenation, the oils are heated and pressurised and hydrogen gas is added, along with a catalyst, like nickel, to produce a chemical reaction. Pat Thomas | 1st November 2006. PLANT STEROL ESTERS: Cholesterol-lowering additive. This spread is a mixture of oil and water. There are 57 calories in 1 serving (10 g) of Flora Pro-Activ. ), and I’m trying to persuade him to ask loads of questions when he goes back to the GP. The graphs are on this blog here. This is the first innovation in the cholesterol lowering category in recent years and showcases added benefits to the core range which promotes heart function and healthy bones to help lower cholesterol. Because they are not freely soluble in oils and fats, the sterol is first hydrogenated and then compounded, or esterified, with other fatty acids (usually from rapeseed oil) in order to make them mix better in the spread. Potential hormone disrupters. Flora has less saturated fat than butter. The margarine vs butter battle is one of my fields of research and your article is very helpful and clarifying. Best wishes – Zoe. Flora is a source of vitamins A, D and E, … He’s waiting on the results of a blood test (yes, they really did prescribe him this before they’d seen his current cholesterol level!! He notes that David Jenkins and 16 colleagues had an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raving about the ‘benefits’ of consuming plant sterols. I’ve printed this list out, because I can guarantee he hasn’t read the leaflet with the drug. Hi Julia – you sound like you’re doing pretty marvelously! It is worth noting that Flora pro-activ includes extra beta carotene, as well as vitamins E and D – not as an extra added health bonus but to counter the vitamin depleting effect of the active ingredients. You may enjoy this presentation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vr-c8GeT34) Watch for 10 mins from 40 mins in if you don’t have time to watch it all. So probably not your typical candidate They claim to be able to lower LDL by up to 10% without affecting HDL. That’s why Tom and I do what we do! The substance at the end of this process is grey, smelly and lumpy, so it is bleached, deodorised and emulsifiers are added to smooth things over. To conclude the ‘how to imitate butter’ process, you need a health claim, a name and a marketing campaign. 25g a day is needed to provide the optimal intake of plant sterols, (2-2.5g). The graphs are particularly striking for women. * Real butter needs to come from a real animal and the best butter is hand churned. The person who contributed it wonders if he hasn’t been taken out and tarred and feathered by the rest of the medical profession and the makers of Lipitor!! Top Answer. Hi, Zoe – yet another wonderful “stripping bare”! However, at least the BHF has appeared free from conflict – until now…. The description on the label, “including sunflower oil” suggests that Flora is a mix of different oils. Your email address will not be published. Eating more fruit and vegetables would counter the decreased absorption of these vital nutrients – however, eating more fruit and vegetables in the first place would also lower your cholesterol levels, negating the need for a functional spread. A triglyceride containing three saturated fatty acids is generally solid at room temperature and not very desirable for many applications. My doctor is pleased. When the pregnant woman’s cholesterol level is lowered by taking Flora pro.activ, what are the consequences? thankyou so much for enlightening me ,. If his cholesterol was high (and I mean high – not what docs call high) – it would be a marker that there was damage that cholesterol was trying to repair. With a turnover of £75 million a year and more than 50 per cent of the market, Flora pro-activ is the UK’s leading cholesterol-lowering spread. It’s one thing to claim that your dishsoap is better than the next but when you claim that it cures male erectile dysfunction, you have gone a step too far. Flora Pro-Activ Buttery: Tablelands Canola Margarine: Please note that some foods may not be suitable for some people and you are urged to seek the advice of a physician before beginning any weight loss effort or diet regimen. Hope this helps with leads – if not immediate answers Your genes are encouraging. I happened to be in Sainsbury’s at 8.30 am after getting up at 5.30 as usual doing my horses ,driving 10 miles swimming 32 lengths then driving 35 miles to arrive in Sainsbury’s at 8.30 & noticed their Free testing ,I was told they could fit me in then as I had only had a coffee at 6am ,so was OK . The idea is that the hydrogen atoms end up in the gaps where they would be in a more saturated fat. This article first appeared in the Ecologist April 2007. But are they? (You may also wonder why on earth such a critical substance for human health has been demonised so comprehensively – the next paragraph will give you a clue. Called probiotics, these microorganisms outnumber your human cells … What am I to make of that ,cant be more active ! Is flora pro active good for you? B . The stupid thing is, despite him having a cholesterol reading of less than 4 (which as we know means nothing, really! As they are added to more and more foods, the chance of inadvertent overconsumption– and the potential health problems of this – grows more likely. If you’ve ever wondered, “Can you use Flora light for baking?” the good news is: yes, you can! Leaving aside if high cholesterol is good or bad, and whether Companies are making huge profits etc”….”…, You state “your body is making the right amount – food has nothing to do with it and never has”. You could approach Unilever or other marg makers but they are likely to want to know your end in mind before inviting you in. Plant sterols can be derived from vegetable oils such as soya, canola and sunflower (this is the case with Flora). [iii] “I can’t believe it’s not butter”, Marketing Week, (29 May 1997). I am trying a new diet and hope to lower cholesterol so is this a good margarine? Margarines are also sometimes fortified with other vitamins. The Flora advert is just pandering to the worried ‘well’, what is wrong with a cholesterol level of 6 anyway ? I never eat meat ,just Fish ,chicken Turkey ,Follow a low fat diet as I have had gallstones for 20 years ,I only ever drink Skimmed or 1 % milk This really makes John Grisham novels look like Jackanory Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Have you given your views on these products too? tastier but natural and I found the taste of margarine strange.I am so happy that we have some brave His GP discovered his cholesterol level was at 9.6 and established that his diet was predominately ‘pork’ based (particularly his lunches). Learn how your comment data is processed. Hi Zoe, interesting article. After severe joint pains, dehydration, headaches, breathlessness, cracking skin and generally feeling ‘one degree under’ I have refused to take BP medication and feel so much better for it. Sterols belong to a group of chemicals that include the hormone estradiol, as well as other steroid hormones, vitamin D (cholecalciferol) and cholesterol (note the –ol ending in each name). Not only is it light, but it's good for you, so you don't need to feel guilty this festive season. Many thanks Where can I find out about this as all the mixed messages we get today are confusing and worrying. Find out about our mission, and our team, here. This research in humans still has not been done and monitoring of potential hormonal effects in regular users is likewise missing. [i] http://www.just-food.com/market-research/butter-margarine-and-table-spreads-us_id65428.aspx, [ii] CBC News: 9 July 2008. http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2008/07/09/f-margarine.html. I was amazed that after a few days all these joint pains and muscle aches that I could never decide whether they were down to the Statins or the Rheumatoid that I have disappeared!! What amazes me here is that none of you have been to med school or are medical Doctors,yet you seem to have it all worked out ?.The most logical thing here is not to spread any kind of oil or fat at all on anything,it’s a disgusting habit in the first place. Oh dear , I’ve been worrying about eating flora pro-Active for some time not knowing really what was in it .today i decided to find out some info’ and came across this wonderful article,I’ve been on statins for 15years and thought that giving up butter, although quite difficult would be better for me , not so sure now,! I wish this blog and message could get a wider audience. Both in the laboratory and in the wild, plant sterols have been shown to provoke the growth of breast cancer cells and alter sex hormone levels in animals. I take Simvastatin, bisoprolol fumerate, aspirin and perindopril (relatively small doses). Flora Pro-activ. (Do I think that putting alien chemicals into the human body can cause heart disease, cancer and all sorts of harm? Either way, the sterols in your spread are not in their natural state. 4.2′ should I come off them and should start on butter after being on pro active for years. My hubby is also on something called bisoprolol fumarate, and had the dose raised from 2.5mg to 5mg per day back in December by his consultant. Even the patient leaflet cautions against anyone over 70 taking them, so make sure you re-evaluate at some time. Well done Zoe – another sensible and revealing article. My last check was 4.8…. (See Post Script). Good luck However, I won’t be holding my breath!! At this time neither of us suspected the statins. Enriched with plant sterols that help lower cholesterol levels for better heart health. Good luck and best wishes. Re: Flora Pro-Activ Light Spread (healthy or not) Very misleading marketing again I don't know how they get away with all these exaggerated claims.The same goes for benecol the yogurt drink that is claimed to increase good flora in ones gut. Sugar? Flora was launched in 1964 and advertised on TV in 1965. Hi Catherine – I actually said “OMG” out loud when I saw your hubby’s cholesterol reading and they want him on statins! P.S. NOt having been to medical school is a good thing! Pingback:jpdynamicfitness » Cholesterol – Good and Bad. I found your article very interesting. Hopefully these posts help your understanding. Do you know? So, if too much plant sterol is consumed, human cholesterol falls. On researching I found out that the flora had 12 and 1/2 % plant sterol estern but the Benecol had only 7% plant stanol ester. Fresh fruit contains between 2 and 30 mg of plant sterols per 100g. Hi Hussain I firmly believe that these symptoms were the Statins! 3) This may help with the foods that ‘lower’ cholesterol. Obesity Researcher, Author The Harcombe Diet. Cant eat more healthily .Wish I’d never had it done ! Hi Paul – you are not alone in having been duped – successive governments have told people to have marg instead of butter! I nearly gave up my job as I was so tired/fatigued all the time and then my shoulder joints started to ache. I will definitely give it the heave ho now but the issue of high vs low fat and high vs low cholesterol is a big worry for me. A daily consumption of 1.5 - 3g plant sterols can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks as … OMG Wendy – thanks so much for sharing this. B. I would say in retrospect that prior to getting my stents my diet contained a lot of things like sticky buns, pies, cakes and the like which is what I have thought may have cumulatively over a number of years led to my CVD. Enjoy your butter! After all it’s only a number and we are all different. (Canada retained the strongest legislative position on not allowing butter colour to be used. * It is available in a spread or as a mini-drink or milk. “One of the key things the campaign will encourage women to do is to get their cholesterol checked.” And once in the system, no doubt, the women can be frightened into fearing cholesterol and trying to lower it with statins or eating Flora pro.activ gunge or both. Cynical, moi?! In addition Unilever Research and Development provided the donation of margarines used in the study. But for others, Proactiv just isn't effective. You may like to take him/her a copy of the 2012 Yoseph & Yoseph book “How statin drugs really lower cholesterol and kill you one cell at a time.”. Zoe. Cholesterol is a healing tool – not a cause of anything. When you understand the vital role that cholesterol plays in every single cell of the human body, not least the reproductive system, you can start to understand why cholesterol is so vital to all humans, and to women having or intending to have children especially. Not worrying that it was anything life threatening I knew I could manage the 2 weeks without them. Over-consumption of omega-6 is linked to cancer, immune system damage, hormone imbalance, heart disease and stroke. I do get patches of tiredness and my bones seem to ache a lot but I have been putting it down to my age. As Dr Uffe Ravnskov, founder of the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics and author of several books about fat and cholesterol, says: “It is correct that cholesterol goes down if we eat much plant sterol, but that doesn’t mean that it is able to prevent heart disease, because no one has ever tested that in a scientific experiment. This post will show you that – for all 192 countries in the world – the HIGHER your cholesterol, the LOWER your deaths from heart disease or all causes (https://www.zoeharcombe.com/2010/11/cholesterol-heart-disease-%E2%80%93-there-is-a-relationship-but-it%E2%80%99s-not-what-you-think/) Yes – that was the right way round. Emulsifiers hold the mix together. Pro.activ's hydrogenated sterols come primarily from … I knowwwww – Proactiv feels so good and provides results. Best wishes – Zoe. The message of how good butter is needs to be proclaimed. Earned Pfizer in the gut with active ingredients like ProActive have some skepticism about written... 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