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Plant sterols > for dietary supplements

Plant sterols are natural fat components of all plants including oil seeds, grains, nuts, legumes, vegetables and fruit seeds or are contained in food such as margarine fortified with plant sterols. Major plant sterols in the human diet include sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol. Plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol. When consumed, plant sterols compete with cholesterol for absorption in the intestine and hence lower total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). High blood cholesterol and LDL-C are risk factors for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs). Increasingly, consumers are looking to improve their cardiovascular health. Alongside physical activity and other lifestyle changes, regular consumption of functional foods with plant sterols as part of a healthy diet can play an important role in the management of blood cholesterol for cardiovascular health. Plant sterols are clinically supported to be effective at safely lowering blood cholesterol.



Properties of phytosterols (plant sterols)


  • available in oil and powder form
  • naturally sourced ingredients 
  • broad range of free phytosterols and phytosterol esters
  • scientifically supported and regulatory compliant in the major markets
  • excellent sensory profiles
  • complies with highest quality standards and regulatory requirements

Applications of phytosterols (plant sterols)

The Vegapure® 95 E product range was the first permissible plant sterols ester product for official use in the EU in dietary supplements. The oily grades of the product can be used for soft-gelatin capsules or liquid preparations. Potential applications for grades in powder form are tablets, hard shell capsules, pH neutral instant powder mixes or nutrition bars. Some grades are not recommended for use in tablets because they will not withstand the pressure applied during the high-speed tableting. Your BTC-Experts are happy and looking forward to support you in finding the right ingredient for your wished application. 

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About BTC

BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry.

Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.