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20 mg caps are made from sugar cane and have the same formula used in the research studies
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 How is Policosanol Superior
To Statin Drugs?

Most people have never heard about policosanol. The makers of Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Vytorin and other statin drugs sure hope you don't find out about its benefits.

Gene Millen policosanol testimony

I recently received an exciting call from the medical director of
a heart scan center in the Midwest. This forward thinking physician
had some very nice things to say about our website and ordered
the Vital Life Nutritionals Policosanol Extra Strength capsules for his personal use.

What was especially interesting about the call were the doctor's favorable comments regarding the policosanol research. I was pleased (and a little surprised) that this preventive cardiology practice is recommending policosanol to their patients who are not able to
tolerate the side effects from statin drugs.

When I first heard about policosanol in 2002 it seemed like it was too good to be true. If it really worked like the research studies reported why didn't my doctor tell me about it?

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:

  • 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 research. 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 natural policosanol.

Recent Clinical Trials
Policosanol shown to be more effective
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 this cholesterol lowering supplement with some of the conventional medications used to reduce 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
In a 1997 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.

The side effects of statin drugs

University of California San Diego Study.
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.

  • Changes in liver function.

  • Muscle symptoms are common lipitor side effects, but

  • Memory and Concentration. Some people report changes in memory, attention, or concentration on statins.  Some describe "holes in their memory" and worry that they are developing Alzheimer's.

  • Depression and Irritability. Many people report depression and changes in mood as Lipitor side effects.

  • Low serotonin has been reported as another side effect of statin drugs.  

  • Headaches, Joint and Abdominal Pain.

  • Peripheral Neuropathy.

  • Sleep problems, sexual function problems, fatigue, dizziness and a sense of detachment are also reported Lipitor side effects.

"My cholesterol was 397 and my doctor wanted to put me on Lipitor but I was afraid of the side effects. Gene gave me the research information on policosanol for my doctor to review and although he was somewhat skeptical he gave me the go ahead to give it a try.

When I got my first follow up test after 8 weeks total cholesterol had dropped to 240. But the best news is that my HDL cholesterol was up which improved my ratio from 7 to 4.3 which is very good.

I am elated and my doctor was pleased and I think a little bit surprised. He said "Keep on doing what you're doing."
— Edith

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."

Note: 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.

Can policosanol lower cholesterol better than Lipitor, Zocor or Crestor without side effects?
Let's ask one of the most renowned natural doctors.

Dr. Michael MurrayDr. Michael Murray ND, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says this about this remarkable nutrient:

"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."

Why Policosanol Is Superior to Statin Drugs

  • Policosanol increases protective HDL cholesterol levels. Most statin drugs do NOT improve HDLs.

Note: 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. New studies show that oxidation and inflammation are more important contributors to heart attacks than just high LDLs alone.

It is this smoldering inflammation and oxidation that causes the cholesterol in our arteries to turn rancid and create heart stopping clots.

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

  • Policosanol doesn’t interfere with sex life as statins often do.

  • Lowers Lp(a) cholesterol. New research has shown that high Lp(a) levels are ten times more likely to cause heart disease than high LDL levels!

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

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

Is policosanol safe and side effect free?
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.

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

  • 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.

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.

Cautions
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 mg/dL.

Note: 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.

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

Policosanol has my personal recommendation... and nothing is too good for my heart!

A word of caution. Nutritional supplements aren't regulated by the FDA and studies show that many products do not contain the ingredients shown on the label.

Consumer Lab tested 7 policosanol supplements and found that four contained only 23% to 78% of the ingredients listed on the bottle. "Let the buyer beware."

Many of the cheap brands are made with bees wax or plant waxes which may not work as well as the sugar cane formulas. 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."

Yours for a vital and healthy heart for Life!

Gene

PS  Click here for a comparison of policosanol cholesterol  
       supplements and my recommendations.

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