Supplement Forms/Alternate Names
- Stanol esters
- Sterol esters
Principal Proposed Uses
Stanols are substances that occur naturally in various plants. Their cholesterol-lowering effects were first observed in animals in the 1950s. Since then, a substantial amount of research suggests that plant stanols (usually modified into stanol esters) can help to lower cholesterol in individuals with normal or mildly to moderately elevated levels. Stanols are available in margarine spreads, salad dressings, and dietary supplement tablets.
There are no other known medicinal uses of stanols or stanol esters. Phytosterols do offer additional potential benefits, but these are discussed in the Beta-sitosterol article.
What Is the Scientific Evidence for Stanols/Sterols?
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -