Source of phytosterols
Phytosterols or 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 phytosterols.
What makes BASF’s Vegapure® unique?
With our long-term experience and leadership in supply management of plant sterol and sterol esters, we have developed a premium, consumer-accepted ingredient product range customers can rely on.
All of our Vegapure® sterols have an excellent sensory profile and are vegetarian, kosher, halal, gluten free, and BSE/TSE free. With our various product forms and concentrations of Vegapure® we provide the broadest product range in the market and support flexible applications.
By helping our partners choose the ideal product for their desired application and assisting them in bringing the product to the market, we help them to create an effective ingredient in a finished product.
Our premium Vegapure® product range is the broadest in the market. Our products are water and oil-dispersible and suitable for a wide range of dietary supplement, beverage and food applications.
Our Vegapure® 95 products offer a wide range of applications in dietary supplements and foods. These products are suitable for liquid and oil-based supplements as well as shots and soft gelatin capsules. Vegapure® 95 products can also be used in dairy products, such as milks and milks with juices, desserts, sweets, yogurt, cake filling cream, ice cream, and mousses.
Our Vegapure® WDP products are suitable for a wide range of applications in beverages, dietary supplements and foods. In addition, Vegapure® WDP include liquid and water-based supplements, instant powders, and chewable, swallowable, and effervescent supplements. Vegapure® WDP can also be used in baked goods, biscuits and cookies, cakes and yeast-raised baked goods.
Health Benefits of Vegapure® Phytosterols
Vegapure® plant sterols are an effective, safe, and proven total and LDL cholesterol-lowering ingredient effective in blood lipid management and overall heart health.
Phytosterol-enriched foods, beverages and supplements benefit individuals with elevated blood cholesterol levels who do not qualify for pharmacotherapy, as an adjunct to pharmacologic therapy and in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia. Dietary phytosterols may also lower blood triglycerides. Cholesterol lowering effects are proposed to benefit cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction.
In addition to diet, lifestyle and medication, phytosterols lower levels of total blood and LDL cholesterol through competition with cholesterol absorption, interference with transport and stimulation of excretion. Daily consumption of 2-3 grams of plant sterols can lower total blood and LDL cholesterol levels by up to 12.5%.