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Are cholesterol medications making your life miserable?

Cholesterol medications such as Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, and the newest "wonder drug" Vytorin can cause muscle pain and weakness, chronic fatigue, liver and kidney dysfunction and have been reported to impair memory, thinking and concentration. Just to mention a few.

Sleep problems, dizziness and sexual function problems have also been reported with these cholesterol medications according to a study conducted by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Not a pretty picture.

And not one study has shown that these drugs do anything to lengthen a person's lifespan. 

Fortunately there is a better way to lower harmful LDL cholesterol and reduce heart disease risks.

In clinical trials of nearly 30,000 persons policosanol has been proven to be safe, extremely effective and has no significant side effects. It not only lowers damaging LDL cholesterol but increases protective HDLs which are much more important in reducing the risk of a heart attack.

When I first heard about Policosanol I was skeptical because it seemed too good to be true. However, when I began to study the research I not only became convinced I got excited. This is one of the best natural products that I have ever reviewed.

Well designed clinical trials have included short and long term double-blind studies comparing policosanol to a placebo a well as blind comparative trials to well known cholesterol medications.

Dr. Michael  Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says this about policosanol:  

"The results from the clinical studies involving nearly 30,000 total patients clearly demonstrate that policosanol is overall the absolute best answer to high cholesterol levels whether we are talking about a nutritional supplement, herbal product or drug."

Research shows that Policosanol may produce cholesterol-lowering effects within the first eight to twelve weeks of use. In one study a daily dose of 20 mg daily, LDL levels dropped by 25 to 30 percent. HDL levels increased by a whopping 15 to 25 percent!

Policosanol More Effective
Than Statin Drugs
Reported in New Hope Natural Media, 6/6/02

"In a six-month study, 10 mg per day of Policosanol reduced total cholesterol by 16% and LDL cholesterol by 24%, and increased HDL cholesterol by 29

Several other studies have compared Policosanol with some of the conventional medications used for lowering cholesterol and the results have shown Policosanol in the amount of 5 to 20 mg per day to be more effective than Lovastatin (Mevacor®), pravastatin (Pravachol®), and Simvastatin (Zocor®), with fewer reported side effects."

The Benefits of Policosanol
Far Exceed Statin Cholesterol Medications

  • Policosanol lowers the damaging LDL cholesterol, which  can cling to the artery walls when oxidized.

  • It increases protective HDL cholesterol levels. The HDL molecule acts like a vacuum cleaner to pick up and carry the harmful LDL cholesterol back to the liver. Statin drugs do very little to increase HDLs.

  • Scientific studies also show that people with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol have the greatest longevity.

  • Lowers Lp(a) cholesterol. Many researchers say this is the "baddest" form of cholesterol.

  • Reduces platelet aggregation (stickiness) which lowers risk of arterial blood clots.

  • Improves intermittent claudication (pain in the leg muscles due to inadequate blood supply).

  • Policosanol may prevent and reverse atherosclerotic lesions and thrombosis (clotting).

  • Inhibits the oxidation of dangerous LDL-cholesterol which promotes the destruction of blood vessels by creating a chronic inflammatory response.

  • Doesn’t interfere with sex life as statins often do.
    ( I don't know about you but I don't want drugs messing with my sex life.)

A recent randomized, double-blind study of 437 patients showed that participants who took Policosanol once a day with the evening meal for 24 weeks lowered their LDL cholesterol from 18% to 25%.

The Policosanol group also increased their HDL cholesterol from 15% to 28%. High levels of HDL cholesterol may be the most important factor in protecting against cholesterol-induced arterial disease.

Example of Typical Change In
Cholesterol Ratios With Policosanol

  Before After Incr./Decr. Improvement
Total Cholesterol 220 176 -44 -20%
LDLs 142 114 -28 -20%
HDLs 42 52 +10 +20%
LDL/HDL Ratio 3.4 2.2 -1.2 -35%
Chol/HDL Ratio 5.2 3.4 -1.9 -35%

        Policosanol is exceptionally safe

Numerous clinical trails show that elderly persons, diabetics and those with liver damage can safely take Policosanol.

In short and long-term clinical studies, policosanol has been simultaneously employed with the following drugs with no evidence of clinically relevant adverse interactions:

  • calcium antagonists

  • beta-blockers

  • diuretics

  • nitro derivative vasodilators

  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

  • anxiolytics

  • anti-depressant

  • neuroleptics

  • oral hypoglycemic agents

  • digoxin

  • warfarin and other blood thinning drugs

  • thyroid hormones

  • anti-ulcer drugs 

Dosage

The recommended dosage of Policosanol 
is 20 mg per day.

Cautions

It is a good idea to have your cholesterol checked after 8 weeks of use and reduce your dosage if it causes your cholesterol to drop below 150 mg/dL.

Many doctors fail to tell you that your risk of stroke increases if your cholesterol becomes too low.

Pregnant or nursing women should not take policosanol without consulting with a healthcare professional.

Summary
The benefits of policosanol are well documented by numerous studies and come with recommendations from recognized authorities such as Dr. Michael Murray and The American Heart Association. Unlike statin drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor, side effects are rare and minimal.

The following story is a powerful testimony of how Vital Life Nutritionals Policosanol Extra Strength Formula is working for Janelle.

"When the results of my cholesterol lab test came back in the spring of 2001, my triglycerides were sky high (1723) and my HDL cholesterol so low (8) that I was frightened enough to try any solution the doctor suggested.
"He prescribed a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, exercise and high doses of niacin. This brought the triglycerides down to a reasonable level; however, nothing seemed to budge the low HDL level to much above 18.
"When we moved out of state, my new doctor insisted that I try a combination of niacin and a statin drug to address what he thought were "unacceptable" numbers.
In 2010 I finally caved and agreed to the statin combination of niacin and a statin drug.

Within a year I was unable to walk up and down stairs and couldn't lift myself from a sitting position without holding on to something.
"I immediately stopped the statin/niacin (against the doctor's advice), and I began in earnest scouring the internet for alternative solutions to what for me had been harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
"How fortunate for me that I found the Millen's Vital Heart Health for Life site. I ordered policosanol and within six months my HDL began improving.
My last test, three months ago showed my HDL at 36, not ideal I realize, but for me the best it has ever been. Triglycerides and LDL were also within normal range, and my total cholesterol was 180.
"I am so very thankful that Gene and Bernie Millen continue to offer what I consider life-saving advice, and products such as policosanol, for those of us who are desperately searching for alternatives to the "traditional" drugs prescribed by most physicians today.
Janelle Carey, Savoy, Illinois
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