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Policosanol Goes Down in Flames


By Dr. Dana Myatt

Policosanol, a wax-like substance derived from sugar cane, has been reported to lower high cholesterol. We've never sold it at The Wellness Club because the research on it's effects looked weak (at best) to me.

Now, newer studies on policosanol in both the US and Germany have found absolutely no effect on cholesterol levels.

Just so you'll know why I found the original research spurious, all of it was done by a single research group in Cuba and several Latin American countries. When the only people who notice a positive result are the ones who are selling the product, my "bogus meter" goes off. (As it does with many drug studies). At that point, I wait to see if any independent studies confirm the "research." In the case of policosanol, independent studies using the exact same product and doses failed to show any benefit.

For lowering cholesterol, nothing is better-studied than niacin, a humble B-complex vitamin. Learn more about niacin for high cholesterol here:

1.) Policosanol is ineffective in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Dec;84(6):1543-8
2.) Lack of cholesterol-lowering efficacy of Cuban sugar cane policosanols in hypercholesterolemic persons. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Nov;84(5):1003-8.

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