MENU
ConsumerLab.com Answers

Question:
Can beta-sitosterol cause erectile dysfunction or low libido? Are there any other side effects?

Answer:
Overall, beta-sitosterol, a common ingredient in supplements for prostate health, and, in higher doses, in cholesterol-lowering supplements, appears to be well-tolerated. Rarely, however, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido were reported among 1% of men taking beta-sitosterol to treat prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). For more about this, and other potential side effects (as well as side effects of saw palmetto, which is often combined with beta-sitosterol in prostate supplements) see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Prostate Supplements Review >>

Also see our articles about natural treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Erectile Dysfunction.

For more about cholesterol-lowering supplements containing beta-sitosterol, and potential side-effects of other common cholesterol-lowering supplements, see the Cholesterol-lowering Supplements Review >>

See these related CL Answers:

I use beta-sitosterol for my prostate. Should it be taken with or without food? >>

Are there negative interactions between the following supplements I take twice each day, as well as 60 mg of beta-sitosterol with dinner: Vitamin C (500 mg), CoQ10 (100 mg), grape seed extract (100 mg), fish oil (500 mg), vitamin D3/calcium/magnesium/zinc (200 IU/333 mg/113 mg/5mg)? >>

Is Super Beta Prostate better than other prostate supplements? >>

Are there supplements which can reduce prostate size? >>

Which supplements help with erectile dysfunction? >>

Are cranberry supplements helpful for men? Can they help with symptoms of an enlarged prostate, prostatitis, or urinary tract infections? >>


See other recent and popular questions >>
Comments
Add Comment
Be the first to add a comment...

This CL Answer initially posted on 9/2/2017. Last updated 1/1/1900.

Add Comment...

Share your thoughts and comments about this topic in the space below. Please abide by the following rules:
  • If you make a statement of fact, such as whether a type of treatment does or does not work, state your basis -- such as personal experience or a published study.
  • If you make a positive or negative comment about a product, note whether or not you have a financial interest in the product or in a competing product.
  • Please be respectful in your tone.
  • Please do not submit any type of HTML markup or scripting as it will not be accepted.
Comment:

Add Comment...

Share your thoughts and comments about this topic in the space below. Please abide by the following rules:
  • If you make a statement of fact, such as whether a type of treatment does or does not work, state your basis -- such as personal experience or a published study.
  • If you make a positive or negative comment about a product, note whether or not you have a financial interest in the product or in a competing product.
  • Please be respectful in your tone.
  • Please do not submit any type of HTML markup or scripting as it will not be accepted.
Comment:

Edit Comment...

You can modify your comment below. Please be aware the comment will have to approve the changes before they will be shown:
Comment: