Like the cholesterol found in meat, eggs or milk, phytosterols belong to the sterol chemical family. Phytosterols however, are specific to the vegetable kingdom, the most common being beta sitosterol, campesterol and stigmasterol.



Phytosterols delay the absorption of cholesterol during digestion.

Because of their similar chemical structure, phytosterols move in to the same areas usually occupied by cholesterol in the intestines, thereby inhibiting its absorption. A daily intake of 1.5 to 2 g of phytosterols will produce a significant reduction in LDL cholesterol (up to 15%) and improve the ratio of HDL to LDL. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim for phytosterols in this indication.

Beta sitosterol is also used in relieving urinary discomfort among men.

PPurextract has over forty years experience in producing phytosterols :

  • Phytopin is a phytosterol extracted from pine, well known for its purity and consistency.
  • Phytopin was approved by the European Commission for use in food supplements and functional foods.
  • Phytopin is also used in cosmetics.

Purextract pine phytosterols were approved by the European Commission for use in functional foods and food supplements.