Policosanol (also known as Polycosanol)

Sugar Cane

What is it?

Policosanol, also known as Polycosanol is a mixture of natural substances derived from the waxes of such plants as sugar cane and yams, as well as beeswax.

More specifically, it is a mixture of fatty alcohols derived from the waxes of such plants as sugar cane and yams, as well as beeswax.

However, it's important to note that the following information is all about this natural substances derived from sugar cane.

If you're looking to lower your cholesterol naturally this may be the supplement for you.

How can it Benefit You?

Some studies have shown policosanol (polycosanol) derived from sugar cane can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while also raising good cholesterol (HDL). In fact, it has been touted as a natural dietary supplement that can lower cholesterol as well as statin drugs and without the dangerous side effects.

According to the well-renowned tome The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicine by Michael Murray, N.D.:

"In these studies, policosanol in dosages ranging from 5 to 20 mg per day has resulted in significant improvements in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, with effects typically noticeable within the first six to eight weeks of use. At a daily dosage of 10 mg of policosanol taken at night, LDL cholesterol levels typically dropped by 20 to 25% within the first six months of therapy. At a dosage of 20 mg, LDL levels typically dropped by 25 to 30 percent. HDL cholesterol levels typically increased by 15 to 25 percent after only two months of use. The combined LDL reduction and HDL increase produced dramatic improvements in the LDL-to-HDL ratio." (page 765)

In the American Heart Journal, after reviewing more than 60 clinical trials of sugar cane-derived policosanol that involved more than 3000 patients, the authors concluded it was a promising alternative to cholesterol–lowering statin drugs.

How does it work? It appears to inhibit cholesterol synthesis in the liver.

In addition to its favorable effects on cholesterol levels, this nutrient also has positive effects on other cardiac risk factors such as reducing excessive platelet "clumping" and inhibiting the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.)

But wait, there's more ....

It may also be helpful for Intermittent Claudication, a condition in which poor circulation in the legs causes severe leg pain during exercise.

Precautions

This nutrient appears to be very safe on all the studies conducted with no known serious side effects.

However, some people have reported weight loss, rashes, migraines, insomnia or drowsiness, irritability, dizziness, upset stomach, and nose and gum bleeding. But, even these side effects are extremely rare.

Is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers. In addition, it should only be used in children under the direction of a physician.

If you are taking blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen, consult your health care provider before taking this supplement because it can thin the blood as much as aspirin.

We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Center recommend that you speak with a qualified health care provider before taking any type of dietary supplements.

It's important to note that although this extract is derived from sugar cane, it does not raise blood sugar levels.

Our Opinion on this natural substance

We believe these natural substances derived from sugar cane is a great alternative to statin drugs.

Why? Well, for four reasons.

First, some studies indicated that policosanol is equally as effective and may possibly even be somewhat more effective than statins or fibrates in lowering total and LDL cholesterol and increasing "good" cholesterol, or HDL.

Second, statin drugs are linked to many, many dangerous side effects.

Third, statin drugs depletes the body of coenzyme Q10. Click here: COQ10 and Statins

Fourth, statin drugs are expensive.

Tips on Choosing a (Policosanol) Supplement

1. Ensure your product is using "Policosanol" and NOT "Octacosanol."

Why?

Because octacosanol is an incomplete form.

In addition, ensure your selected supplement is "policosanol" derived from sugar cane and not from beeswax.

Why?

Because most of the clinical studies have only validated the sugar cane version. In addition, policosanol derived from beeswax have a significantly different mixture of constituents and could have substantially different effects.

Therefore, it is crucial that you select a supplement that only uses the genuine policosanol extracted from sugar cane wax.

The reason why many companies use beeswax or octacosanol is because these substances are many times cheaper. Put simply, genuine policosanol costs more than 20 times that of octacosanol.

2. Select a supplement produced at pharmaceutical standard registered facilities. It is important to note that dietary supplements are not strictly regulated in the U.S. and, as such, manufacturers do not have to guarantee the safety, effectiveness, or even the true content of their products.

Although supplements should be labeled properly, many aren't, so what's stated on the label may not be in the container. The potency or purity may be inconsistent or misrepresented. Some products tested also contained very harmful contaminates! In fact, consumers often only have a 1 in 5 chance of buying a product that actually contains the amount of ingredients stated on the label or one that is not contaminated.

This is why it's crucial that you only purchase your supplements from pharmaceutical GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) compliant facilities. These facilities follow the exact same rigorous standards that pharmaceutical prescription medications must adhere to - thus - it ensures stringent requirements.

A Comprehensive Natural Cholesterol-Lowering Product

One company that meets the above requirements -- and more is Xtend-Life Natural Products from New Zealand. Their breakthrough natural cholesterol-lowering formula called Lipi-Rite contains policosanol (from Sugar Cane), along with many other powerful heart healthy nutrients such as:

Theaflavin Extract - Black and oolong tea, which is fermented green tea, contains the pigment of polyphenols known as theaflavins that are produced during the fermentation process. Theaflavins are considered the active ingredient in the fight against high cholesterol. In fact, theaflavins not only lower LDL cholesterol but also raise HDL cholesterol at the same time.

Chromium - Chromium plays an essential role in breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Chromium has been used successfully to control blood cholesterol as well as blood glucose levels. Some experts claim that as many as 90% of American diets are low in chromium.

Beta sitosterol is a plant sterol with a chemical structure similar to cholesterol which can reduce cholesterol absorption significantly.

Selenium is a trace mineral that according to the well-renowned tome Alternative Cures helps in three ways: "First, it boosts levels of glutathione. Second, it works on its own to lower LDL. Third, it increases healthful HDL, says Dr. Miller." In fact, Dr. Miller states:

"Selenium is absolutely critical to any cholesterol-lowering program."

Rice Bran Oil – Rice bran oil contains beta sitosterol and other phytosterols that are beneficial for reducing cholesterol absorption. It also contains alpha-linolenic acid, gamma oryzanol, and tocotrienols. Gamma Oryzanol and tocotrienols have been found in human studies to reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides.

D-Limonene Oil which is a natural compound in orange peel has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.

Lecithin Oil is a fat emulsifier that helps suspend globs of fat in the body, helping it to be excreted easier so arteries are protected from fatty buildup.

We here at Nutritional-Supplement-Educational-Centre have friends who have been taking Lipi-Rite and achieved excellent results.

To Your Health!

The Editors

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