What are the applications of Plant Sterols/ Phytosterols ?

April 1, 2021

Phytosteols  has various applications in Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Personal Care industry. is currently used as anti-cholesterol additive in various functional foods like yogurt, margarines, fat spreads, soft spreadable cheese, mayonnaise, salad dressings, low fat dairy products, milk, fermented milk products, snack and energy bars, frying oils, breakfast cereals etc. It can also be used in other potential products like Baked pastry products, breads, egg noodles, pasta, custard, ice cream, frozen desserts, muesli bars, soups, meat products, rice beverages, cereal grains and flours, food flavorings etc.

In Pharmaceutical industry, Phytosterols are used as Pre-cursor or starting raw material in the production of 4AD (4-Androstenediol) Hormone & other therapeutic steroid hormones by microbial transformation.

Phytosterols functions in cosmetics include skin-conditioning agents, hair conditioning agents, viscosity increasing agents & as skin protectant. It is preferably used in anti-aging creams and sun-care lotions. Oils and creams containing Phytosterols exhibit strong UV-protection. Furthermore, their anti-inflammatory effects make them an ideal ingredient for use in products intended for the treatment of atopic eczema and the protection of baby skin. It can be added to shampoos and hair conditioners at a to give a velvety shine and increase the combability of the hair after drying. Phytosterols also adds texture and gloss to decorative cosmetics, such as lipsticks, face powders and mascara.

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