Deliarose mentioned Sterol 117 in a recent post, and I found this information on it if anyone is interested. "Common Uses: Sterol 117™ (Celt Naturals™) · May help alleviate most allergy symptoms in 4-5 days(2) · Has been shown to inhibit cell proliferation up to 30% (3) · May reduce symptoms of joint pain and stiffness (4) · Has been shown to increase T- cell proliferation by an average of 58% (5) · May improve quality and quantity of life in HIV – positive patients (6) · May support prostate function by increasing peak flow and reducing residual volume (7) · May assist in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels (8) · May support a balanced immune system and T Helper 1 to T Helper 2 cell ratio thus aiding those patients with autoimmune disease, allergies, chronic viral infections and neoplastic cellular proliferative disorders (5) Research by Karl Pegel (1), University of Natal Republic of South Africa, reports that a good quality diet should provide 200-300 mg of plant sterols per day. However, analysis of the modern diet shows that this healthy and necessary amount of plant sterols is not being provided. In addition our high fat diets tend to reduce the absorption of these beneficial plant constituents. Based on the far reaching benefits of plant sterols scientists have concluded that supplementation is necessary to achieve the recommended daily intake. Indications Allergies: For functional relief of symptoms associated with allergic response. Phytosterols halt the release of Interleukin 4 (IL-4) so histamine is not released and allergy symptoms are controlled. Also, Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is normalized acting to protect lung tissue from further dysfunction. Cell Proliferation: Recent studies indicate phytosterols can be a powerful inhibitor of cell proliferation. In one study beta sitosterol activated the sphingomyelin cycle and had an inhibiting effect on further cell proliferation in colon and prostate cells. Immune System: Phytosterols can modulate an over producing and over performing immune system and consequently alleviate symptoms of stiffness, pain and inflammation. This balancing effect also assists the T lymphocytes to function in proper balance and support an under performing immune system. Studies have shown the potential to increase T cell proliferation by up to 920%. HIV positive patients may have an increased quality and quantity of life through phytosterol maintenance of CD-4 lymphocyte counts. Prostate: Urologists in Germany have been using phytosterols for over 20 years in the treatment of enlarged prostate conditions. In a recent United Kingdom study, with over 100 participants, 90% showed an average improvement in their prostate scores of 44% over a twelve- week period. Cholesterol: Consumption of phytosterols 30 minutes prior to a meal helps block the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. Recent studies have shown one individual’s HDL cholesterol rose by more than double with a daily intake of plant sterols (phytosterols). References: 1. Karl K Pegel. South African Journal of Science. Vol 93 June 1997 2. Myers & Bouic. Proc 26th Congress Phys Soc SA 1998 3. Awad AB, Downie AC, Fink CS. Journal Int J Mol Med. 2000 4. Bouic PJD. Arthritis Trust of America Bulletin 1998 5. Bouic PJD, Etsebeth S, Liedenberg RW. Int J Immunopharmacology. 1996 6. Bouic. Aids Bulletin. Stellenbosch Univ. Vol 6. 1997. 7. Burges. The Lancet. 1995 8. American J Clin Nutr. Vol 59, 1994. 9. Awad AB, Downie AC, Fink CS Anticancer Research, 1998, Jan-Feb 10. Awad AB, Downie AC, Fink CS Anticancer Research 2000, Mar-Apr Instructions/How to Use: Suggested Dose: Take 2 capsules once per day for the first 10 days followed by 1 capsule per day thereafter on rising with water or fruit juice 45 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating or as directed by your health practitioner. DO NOT CONSUME WITH MILK More serious conditions may require 2 capsules per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Ingredients: Sterol 117™(Celt Naturals™) Amounts per serving Serving size 1 capsule Number of servings per container 60 Total Phytosterols 300 mg Beta Sitosterol 117 mg Enzogenol™ 20 mg Cellastate™ 50 mg Suggested Dose: Take 2 capsules once per day for the first 10 days followed by 1 capsule per day thereafter on rising with water or fruit juice 45 minutes before eating or 2 hours after eating or as directed by your health practitioner. DO NOT CONSUME WITH MILK More serious conditions may require 2 capsules per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. In addition to the plant sterols (phytosterols), Sterol 117 has some additional ingredients, which enhance the overall benefit of the product: Enzogenol™: is the antioxidant component of Sterol 117. It is in the highest tier of antioxidants available and contains the highest molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) in the industry. This ingredient reduces free radical damage and is extracted without the use of chemical solvents. Cellastate™: is a proprietary blend of proteins, amino acids, and essential fatty acids (EFA) from North Sea Fish together with short chain peptides and proline rich polypeptides. This unique blend increases the bioavailability of the phytosterols and antioxidants. Cellastate™ also functions as a beneficial immune modulator. Cautions/Warnings: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. "