Phytosterols: applications and recovery methods.

Auteur(s) :
Cabral JM., Fernandes P.
Date :
Déc, 2006
Source(s) :
BIORESOUR TECHNOL. #98:12 p2335-2350
Adresse :
IBB-Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal; Biotrend, R. Torcato Jorge, 41 c/v 2675-807 Ramada, Portugal; Departamento de Engenharias e Ciencias Naturais, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Av. Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisboa, Portugal.

Sommaire de l'article

Phytosterols, or plant sterols, are compounds that occur naturally and bear close structural resemblance to cholesterol, but have different side-chain configurations. Phytosterols are relevant in pharmaceuticals (production of therapeutic steroids), nutrition (anti-cholesterol additives in functional foods, anti-cancer properties), and cosmetics (creams, lipstick). Phytosterols can be obtained from vegetable oils or from industrial wastes, which gives an added value to the latter. Considerable efforts have been recently dedicated to the development of efficient processes for phytosterol isolation from natural sources. The present work aims to summarize information on the applications of phytosterols and to review recent approaches, mainly from the industry, for the large-scale recovery of phytosterols.

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