Benefits of Plant Sterols Beyond Cholesterol
Plant sterols have been shown to have benefit beyond lowering cholesterol.
Triglyceride-lowering effects of plant sterols
- Plant sterols exert a modest triglyceride-lowering effect39
- In a pooled analysis (Demonty I et al, 2013) of 12 randomised controlled trials: Plant sterol intakes between 1.6-2.5g/d lowered triglycerides by an average of 6%. Larger reductions in triglycerides were observed in subjects with higher baseline triglyceride concentrations.
Lowering cholesterol without impacting vascular function
- Increased levels of plant sterols do not impact vascular function.35
- In a single-centre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel study with two treatment arms (Ras R et al, 2014): a low-fat spread with added plant sterols and a control spread without added plant sterols. It was shown that a regular intake of a low-fat spread with added plant sterols lowers total and LDL-cholesterol, without improving or worsening vascular function.