Policosanol is a chemical obtained from sugar cane and other sources.
Policosanol is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Policosanol is used for conditions that affect the health of the heart and blood vessels including high cholesterol, leg pain due to poor circulation (intermittent claudication), and narrowing of the blood vessels that serve the heart.
How does it work?
Policosanol seems to decrease cholesterol production in the liver and to increase the break down of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or "bad") cholesterol. It also decreases the stickiness of particles in the blood known as platelets, which might help reduce blood clots.
Uses & Effectiveness
- High cholesterol. Research findings disagree about the effectiveness of policosanol in treating high cholesterol. There have been some studies that find it effective. But interestingly, all of these studies were done in Cuba, where the sugar cane that is used to make policosanol is grown. Research done outside Cuba (in Germany, Canada and South Africa) found that policosanol does not lower cholesterol.
- Inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). Limited research suggests that taking policosanol does not reduce total cholesterol or “bad cholesterol” (low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol) in people with an inherited tendency to have high cholesterol.
- Leg pain due to poor blood circulation (intermittent claudication). Taking policosanol by mouth seems to significantly improve the distance people with intermittent claudication can walk without pain.
- Increasing blood flow to the heart in people with coronary heart disease.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate policosanol for these uses.
1 tablet to be taken daily with evening meal
Not recommended for use by pregnant or breast-feeding women. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare practitioner.
Store below 30°… in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children. Not for use by persons under the age of 18. Consult a licensed health care practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.