The chances are good that you found this website because you've heard about policosanol cholesterol supplements.
May physicians automatically prescribe Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Vytorin or one of their generic counterparts... but are the side effects worse than the cure?
Manufacturers of statin drugs would have us believe that the side effects are minor or rare. But if you're one of those who are experiencing some of these side effects it's far from minor.
The University of California at San Diego School of Medicine conducted a research study that reported the following side effects from patients who consumed statin Drugs.
I'm often asked, "Why do physicians often choose statin drugs rather than prescribe policosanol cholesterol lowering supplements?"
The physician who is up to speed on natural remedies to improve cholesterol is rarer than a do-do bird.
Most doctors know little about the policosanol cholesterol lowering supplements as an option to Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor or Vytorin.
Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and author of "The Truth About the Drug Companies" gives us some revealing clues why doctors choose to write a prescription for a statin drug rather than choose policosanol cholesterol supplements.
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.
Physicians have never studied the research. Click here for a comprehensive Policosanol Cholesterol Research Report that can be printed and provided to your physician.
Can policosanol cholesterol supplements and plant sterols lower cholesterol better than Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor without side effects? You bet!
Dr. Michael Murray ND, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says this about policosanol and cholesterol:
"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."
"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, with minimum side effects.
Lowers the damaging LDL cholesterol, which can cling to the artery walls when oxidized and inflammed. At a daily dosage of 20 mg, LDL cholesterol levels typically drop by 25-30% during the first 8-12 weeks.
In clinical trials of nearly 30,000 persons policosanol derived from sugar cane has been proven to be safe and has no significant side effects while lowering ldl cholesterol, increasing HD"'s (the good cholesterol) and reducing triglycerides.
Numerous clinical trails show that elderly persons, diabetics and those with liver damage can safely take this effective cholesterol supplement.
Studies show that this all natural product made from sugar cane DOES NOT affect blood thinning and there is no interaction between policosanol and blood-thinning medication such as warfarin.
In short and long-term clinical studies, it has been simultaneously used with a wide variety of common prescription drugs with no significant adverse effects.
It is a good idea to have your cholesterol checked after 8-12 weeks of taking policosanol 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 health care professional.
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, Policosanol side effects are rare and minimal.
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