A new formulation of plant-based phytosterols for protecting the heart
UltraSterol is an innovative complex of plant-based phytosterols, which thanks to their natural cholesterol-lowering function, help to protect and maintain cardiovascular and metabolic function.
Structurally similar to cholesterol, in the intestines phytosterols can compete with the cholesterol introduced through food, thus reducing absorption through different mechanisms. If phytosterols are present in the intestines in adequate quantities, they can replace cholesterol in forming lipoproteins, thus limiting the entry of exogenous cholesterol in the lymph and preventing it from being carried to the liver, where lipoproteins are synthesised and released. Phytosterols therefore act on the cholesterol metabolism with a competitive mechanism, and this effect is also enhanced by the ability of the phytosterols themselves to “complex” a share of dietary cholesterol, making it non-absorbable.
Furthermore, the body has specific “carriers” that actively transfer the absorbed phytosterols back into the intestines, with a two-fold effect: on one hand, they amplify the therapeutic effect (these molecules are again able to compete with the intestinal cholesterol) and at the same time they are able to maintain plasmatic concentrations of cholesterol at very low levels.
However, phytosterols are not water soluble, so in their raw form they cannot be used in foods, drinks or in liquid form.
UltraSterol exploits an innovative microencapsulation technology that is used to encase the free phytosterols in a maltodextrin complex that makes the product perfectly water-dispersible, thus transforming the phytosterols into a highly effective and safe functional ingredient.