New data reveals sterols lower triglycerides in addition to LDL cholesterol levels

Posted: 1 April 2015

Two new studies reinforce that plant sterols are effective in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels as part of positive diet and lifestyle changes.

A pooled analysis of subject data from 12 clinical trials published in the European Journal of Nutrition indicates that an intake of about 2 grams plant sterols per day is associated with a 6% reduction in triglyceride levels.i

The analysis revealed that the lowering of triglyceride concentrations was exaggerated in those with high triglycerides concentration at baseline. This analysis substantiates previous research that found plant sterols to reduce triglycerides by 4%.ii Triglycerides are increasingly recognised as a risk factor for coronary heart disease, and this effect may add to the overall benefit of using plant sterol enriched foods.iii

European Journal of Nutrition analysis.