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GNU-Darwin Action: beta sitosterol Molecules Structural Archive and Gallery



GNU-Darwin Action: beta sitosterol Molecules Structural Archive and Gallery

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 14:58:30 -0500 (EST)


Beta sitosterol is reportedly an aromatase inhibitor, which is readily available from plant sources, notably saw palmetto and nettle root. Beta sitosterol is in the class of phyto-estrogens, but it has been demonstrated to modulate the production of estradiol, the primary human estrogen molecule. For these reasons, the herbs are sometimes taken for the purposes of body building, and the prevention of balding and breast cancer. I am not sure that these uses receive full support from the scientific liturature at this time, although aromatase inhibitors, such as tamoxifen are a primary chemotheraputic for breast cancer.


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