Efficacy of Plant Stanols vs Plant Sterols

1. In a meta-analysis published in 2009, the maximal LDL-cholesterol reduction for the pooled results of plant stanols and plant sterols was 12.3%. (Demonty et al. The Journal of Nutrition 2009;139:271-284.)
2. When the efficacy of plant stanols and plant sterols was analysed separately, there was a non-significant 6.7% difference in their maximal relative LDL-CH lowering.
3. In 2010, two studies with high daily intakes (up to 9 g) of plant stanols indicated that  the cholesterol-lowering effect of plant stanols was enhanced when its intake exceeded the currently recommended 2 g/d. (Mensink et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2010; 92: 24-33. Gylling et al. Clin Nutr 2010; 29:112-118.)