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Plant sterols and stanols that inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine and, in effect, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in humans.

phytosterols (fī·tˑ·ste·rlz), plant-derived compounds that are structurally similar to cholesterol. These compounds may lower blood cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol, and may have uses as immunostimulants and in treating benign prostate enlargement.
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According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research"Phytosterols Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2021," the phytosterols market, in terms of revenue was valued at US$473.
Research from MarketsandMarkets found the global market for phytosterols was estimated at $438.
Phytosterols are a key component of functional foods.
The diets were matched for calories and macronutrients, but not for fiber, phytosterols or other bioactives.
Increasing consumption of functional foods and beverages in North America and Europe and rising awareness of phytosterols in these regions is expected to play a major role in the development of the application.
The company will showcase its CardioAid[TM] range of phytosterols and phytosterol esters, which have approval as novel food ingredients and can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications targeted at reducing blood cholesterol levels.
ADM Natural Health and Nutrition 's portfolio of ingredients will include Novasoy soya isoflavone concentrates and the CardioAid range of phytosterols and phytosterol esters, which can be used in a variety of applications to reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Pectin alone was not effective, while phytosterols were the most effective dietary intervention.
This month's column will briefly review emerging anti-aging benefits of phytosterols, which are powerful chemical compounds found in many plants.
Manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering dairy products have hailed an EU endorsement of the benefits of phytosterols as a major breakthrough in communicating with consumers.
A combination of techniques such as ELISA, PCR, and Western blotting were used to determine the effects of [beta]-CD delivered phytosterols on THPl maturity and activation of immunity against prostate cancer.