Beta-sitosterol is used to treat high cholesterol and heart disease, according to WebMD. Women use it to treat menopause symptoms, and men use it for treating an enlarged prostate. It may also control chronic inflammatory conditions, as Drugs.com states.
Beta-sitosterol is sometimes applied topically to treat burns and other wounds, notes WebMD. Some marathon runners use beta-sitosterol to reduce pain and swelling after running.
Beta-sitosterol is a plant sterol, mentions Drugs.com. Because beta-sitosterol is similar to cholesterol, it may help lower cholesterol by limiting the amount of cholesterol that can enter the body, indicates WebMD. Foods that naturally contain beta-sitosterol include avocados, pistachio nuts, almonds, grape leaves, fava beans, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts and walnuts, according to Self NutritionData.