Water dispersible plant sterols with demonstrated efficacy in cholesterol reduction
High blood cholesterol level is the first risk factor for coronary heart disease. Studies have shown that a 10% decrease in blood cholesterol level can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 19% to 54% depending on a person’s age. The cholesterol lowering effect of plant sterols is well documented in the literature. Consumption of 1.5 to 3 grams of plant sterols per day can lower LDL-Cholesterol by 8% to 15%
Due to their insolubility in water and lipids, phytosterols incorporation into foods and beverages formulations has been very challenging.
Lipophytol® is a dispersible form of pine tree sterols which has been microencapsulated to facilitate their incorporation in food matrices.
The unique delivery system of Lipophytol increases pine tree phytosterols dispersibility in foods and beverages, thus providing a convenient way of introducing phytosterols into the human diet.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has approved claims for plant sterols namely:
- Plant sterols have been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol
- Plant sterols/stanols contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels