The Benecol® Story

It all started with Ingmar Wester, a Finnish scientist who discovered how plant stanols can be added to food as plant stanol ester to reduce cholesterol by partly blocking its entry to the bloodstream.

After years of research, he combined plant stanols with rapeseed oil, creating plant stanol ester. This unique, patented ingredient could then be used in food to lower cholesterol without compromising on taste. Since then, the cholesterol-lowering effect of Plant stanol ester has been proven in more than 80 clinical studies.

Benecol® Products Worldwide

We’ve been helping people all over the world enjoy healthy eating for 25 years.

Benecol® products providing 2g of plant stanols lower cholesterol by an average of 10% in 2-3 weeks and keep it low when used daily. Plant stanol ester has been given the right to make health claims by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the EU Commission. Plant stanol ester, only found in Benecol® foods, is also recommended in several international cardiovascular guidelines.

Today, Benecol® is recognized as a global, trusted brand with a number of cholesterol-lowering foods enjoyed by millions of satisfied people in some 30 countries worldwide.

What is Plant Stanols

Benecol® Products contain a plant-based ingredient proven to lower cholesterol. They can be found naturally in some edible plants – mainly in grains but also in corn, fruits and vegetables. However, most of these foods contain only trace amounts of it, which means you would have to consume massive amounts to have any effect on your cholesterol levels.

Plant Stanols Are:

  • Proven to reduce cholesterol
  • Derived from natural plant source
  • Used with a heart-healthy diet for cholesterol lowering benefits
  • Can be used with statin medications for ADDITIONAL cholesterol lowering benefits

How does it work?

Plant stanol esters reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the digestive tract, resulting in lower blood levels of total and LDL-cholesterol.

Scientifically Proven

You can trust Benecol® . More than 80 independent clinical studies have shown that plant stanols ester – the active ingredient in Benecol® – can reduce cholesterol.

Lower Your Cholesterol Safely and Effectively

Plant stanol ester has gone through extensive testing to prove its efficacy and safety. This has resulted in endorsements from many food safety authorities around the world including Europe, the US, Japan, China, Australia and Russia.

Plant Stanol Ester was one of the first functional ingredients to get a coveted health claim in Europe. It has been awarded an Approved Health Claim, by the European Parliament and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the USA

The approved claim makes VITAPLUS Benecol® one of the most trusted products for people who want to lower their cholesterol.

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85% of real users with high LDL-cholesterol achieved a reduction with VITAPLUS Benecol® in 20 days.*


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