Would you like to
improve your cholesterol and dramatically lower your risks of having
a heart attack or stroke?
Are the side effects
of statin drugs dragging you down? Policosanol is the absolute best
name is Gene Millen, your guide on this website. Since my "near heart
attack" in 1990 and a six way heart bypass operation, my wife and I have
been very interested in learning about the best supplements to keep my heart
ticking for a long, long time.
So far so good.
During a recent treadmill test Dr. Manni, my cardiologist said as he
grinned from ear to ear, "You came through with flying colors. Keep on
doing what you are doing."
When I first heard
about policosanol in 2002 it seemed like it was too good to be true. If it
really worked like the
studies reported why didn't my doctor tell me about it?
Why do most doctors automatically write out a
prescription for a statin drug?
Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and author
of "The Truth About the Drug Companies" gives us some revealing
The makers of Lipitor
and Zocor alone spent $150 million on advertising in the year 2000 alone.
The pharmaceutical giants
employed 88,000 sales representatives in 2001 to "visit" doctors, promote
their products and provide them with free samples. That comes out to one drug
rep for every 6 practicing physicians!
Medical protocol dictates
that statin drugs are automatically prescribed as the
"standard of care" regardless
of the need. My cardiologist was "miffed" when I chose policosanol
rather than take a statin drug.
Physicians have never studied the
physician who is up to speed on natural remedies is rarer than a do-do
bird. Most doctors know little or nothing about the benefits of all
automatically prescribe one of the statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor,
Crestor and Vytorin to lower cholesterol. These drugs do a great job of
lowering LDL cholesterol cholesterol but there are a lot of us who feel that
the side effects outweigh the benefits.
The side effects of statin drugs
University of California San Diego
The following study which was put
together by a group of scientists,
doctors and students at the
University of California San Diego
School of Medicine pulls no
punches in analyzing the side
effects of Lipitor, Zocor,
Crestor, Vytorin and similar statin drugs.
Muscle symptoms are
common lipitor side effects, but occasionally
something called “myopathy”
occurs, involving actual damage to
Some people report changes in
memory, attention, or
concentration on statins. They may
have trouble finding the right
word; may forget tasks they
started to do; and may have
trouble following conversations.
Some describe "holes in
their memory" and worry
that they are developing
Depression and Irritability. Many
people report depression and
changes in mood as Lipitor side
rates of death from suicide and
accidents. A number of studies have
shown that those on drugs to lower
cholesterol have an increase in accidents
that could be
the result of reduced
has been reported as another side effect
of statin drugs.
Cholesterol medications can lower
activity of the brain chemical
serotonin. Low serotonin activity
is known to relate to suicide and
depression in people.
Headaches, Joint and Abdominal
Pain. Although muscle pain is a
well-recognized side effect of
these drugs other pain effects include headaches,
joint pains, and abdominal pain.
Peripheral Neuropathy. A recent
study has confirmed that
peripheral neuropathy (tingling
and numbness or burning pain) may
occur with statins.
problems, sexual function
problems, fatigue, dizziness and a
sense of detachment are
also reported Lipitor side
What is policosanol?
Whole Health MD
describes policosanol as "a unique natural product derived from sugar cane
wax and beeswax: It has proved effective at reducing cholesterol levels
and for some individuals may be a reasonable natural alternative to the
commonly prescribed "statin-type" cholesterol-lowering drugs."
Although some cheaper forms of policosanol are derived from rice, plant
waxes and bees wax these "bargain" formulas are often less effective.
Sugar cane policosanol was used in the original clinical studies.
Policosanol balances cholesterol levels by impacting both
excessive manufacture and impaired breakdown of cholesterol. It is also an
effective antioxidant and has several other benefits. (See Additional
Policosanol Benefits below.)
Can policosanol lower cholesterol
better than Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor without side effects?
Let's ask one
of the most renowned natural doctors.
Murray ND, 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."
Recent Policosanol Clinical Trials
Policosanol shown to be more
than Zocor and other 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 that
of 5 to 20 mg per day to be more effective than Lovastatin (Mevacor®),
pravastatin (Pravachol®)and Simvastatin (Zocor®).
Double Blind Study Comparing Policosanol
to Statin Drugs
head-to-head study policosanol was compared with statin drugs lovastatin
(Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor)
and pravastatin (Pravachol)
Policosanol and ZOCOR were found to be equally effective
in lowering cholesterol during an eight week study...but
policosanol also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and
Zocor did not.
American Heart Journal Report
"At doses of 10 to 20 mg per day
policosanol lowers total cholesterol by 17% to 21% and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 21% to 29% and raises high-density lipoprotein cholesterol by 8% to 15%"
American Heart Journal
Is policosanol safe?
Policosanol is one of
the most widely tested natural products.
In clinical trials of nearly 30,000 persons policosanol derived from
sugar cane has been proven to be safe. Side effects are rare and
Numerous clinical trails show that elderly
persons, diabetics and
those with liver damage can safely take
Studies show that
this all natural product made from sugar cane
DOES NOT affect blood thinning and there is no interaction between
and blood-thinning medication such as warfarin.
In short and long-term clinical studies,
it has been simultaneously used with calcium
antagonists, beta-blockers and diuretics
with no evidence of
clinically relevant adverse interactions.
NASAIDs, anti-depressants, digoxin,
warfarin, thyroid hormones and anti-ulcer drugs have also shown no
evidence of clinically relevant adverse interactions with policosanol.
What are the side effects of
The side effects of policosanol are rare and
minimal. In studies of 27,879
patients (17,225 patients for two years and 10,654 patients for four years),
only 86 patients (0.31%) reported adverse effects, the most frequent of which
was weight loss.
How long does it take to get
clinical trials have
shown that Policosanol
effects on cholesterol
control within the first
6-8 weeks of use.
What is the recommended dosage?
Dosage used in the clinical studies was from 10 mg to 20 mg per day.
It was shown that increasing the dose to 40 mg had little additional
benefit. The majority of persons take 20 mg per day.
It is a
good idea to have your cholesterol checked after 8-12 weeks of use and
reduce your dosage if it causes your cholesterol to drop below 150
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 health care professional.
Additional Benefits of
HDL cholesterol levels.
Most statin drugs do NOT improve
HDL cholesterol levels typically increase by 15 to 25% after only two
months of policosanol use.
The "good" HDL cholesterol is the "Superman" heart
protector. HDL cholesterol acts like a miniature hydraulic vacuum cleaner, streaming through your arteries scooping up the heart- stopping LDL cholesterol, and carrying it back to your liver where it can be “dealt with”.
HDLs also douse the fires of inflammation.
It is this smoldering inflammation and oxidation that causes the
cholesterol in our arteries to turn rancid and clog our arteries.
studies also show that people with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol
have the greatest longevity.
New studies show that oxidation and inflammation are more important
contributors to artery clogging than just high LDLs alone.
Policosanol doesn’t interfere
with sex life as statins often do.
cholesterol. Many researchers say this is the "baddest" form of
aggregation (stickiness) which lowers risk of
arterial blood clots.
intermittent claudication (pain in the leg muscles due to inadequate
This all natural
prevent and reverse atherosclerotic lesions and thrombosis
Do NOT buy any Policosanol product
unless it meets the following criteria.
Be certain that the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Seal is on the label.
Know who you are doing business with and their reputation.
Nutritional supplements are not regulated by the FDA
and studies show that many products do not contain the ingredients shown on the label.
policosanol products made from bees wax. The University of Kansas Hospital "Natural Pharmacist" website reports,
"There is reason for concern that policosanol products
made with bees wax may not be effective."
Avoid dealing with giant internet discounters who offer "bargain" prices but do not have the knowledge or desire to answer your questions. We all like a bargain but cheap policosanol is no bargain.
Be certain that the product
provides a minimum of a
90 day unconditional guarantee.
I take and recommend
Policosanol Extra Strength
Vital Life Nutritionals.
I like the fact that they are
made with sugar cane and use the exact same
formula that was used in the clinical trials.
They also provide a
"Life Time Money
Guarantee" if for some reason policosanol doesn't work for you...which
is highly unlikely.
The list price
Policosanol Extra Strength
is $29.95 for a
supply of 120 - 20 mg capsules... only $.50 per daily dose.
You may still be skeptical
about trying this all safe, all natural product. I know I was when I first learned about policosanol and before I began to use it to change my life.
Following are my personal results:
"After 60 days on policosanol I had my cholesterol checked and my total cholesterol dropped from 255 to 226 but the best news is that the HDLs went up 43% and LDLs dropped 14% for an improvement in the important Cholesterol to HDL ratio of a whopping 38%. Triglycerides also dropped 100 points, from 167 to 67,a 60% improvement."
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