Results of this study show that even though raw phytosterols and their microencapsulated form (LIPOPHYTOL™) reduce the cholesterol in a similar extent, LIPOPHYTOL™ is more effective decreasing the hypertriglyceridemia and against atherogenesis under a high-fat diet, demonstrating microencapsulation technology might enhance the activity of phytosterols.
Despite with the current data, a mechanism cannot be suggested to explain these observations. Extrapolation of these results to humans might suggest that LIPOPHYTOL™ is a more suitable additive to be consumed by the general population.
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