In clinical research trials of nearly 30,000 persons policosanol derived from sugar cane has been proven to be safe.
During the last 25 years I've worked with hundreds of people who are looking for ways to improve their cholesterol without the use of statin drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor and their generic cousins.
About 13 years ago I discovered an excellent natural nutritional supplement (pronounced poly-cos-a-nol), derived from sugar cane, that is one of the best alternatives to statin drugs.
A recent study by scientists at the University of Eastern Finland analyzed six years of data from 8,749 men between the ages of 45 to 73.
They estimated that people who use statins have a 46 percent greater chance of developing diabetes than those who don't.1
What I like most about this natural solution to improve cholesterol:
This natural supplement derived from sugar cane is backed up by dozens of well-designed clinical studies.
The research study concluded;
"...high HDL cholesterol levels are protective against the development of atherosclerotic disease (artery clogging causing heart attack or stroke.)
In the Framingham Study, risk for cardiovascular disease increases sharply as HDL levels fall below 40 mg/dL!
Studies also show that those with the highest hdl cholesterol also live longer!
Dr. Michael Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, one of the most renowned doctors of natural medicine provides us with a second opinion about excellent this natural supplement derived from sugar cane.
"In a 1997 head-to-head study this nutrient 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 policosano extracted from sugar cane also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and Zocor did not."
Dr. Duane Graveline, MD, a former NASA astronaut who was one of the scientists selected for the Apollo space program, relates his story of how Lipitor was the source of his transient global amnesia (TGA)Duane Graveline, MD Space Doc.Com
"I soon realized the adverse reactions involved far more than impaired cognition, including personality change, myopathy, neuropathy and a chronic neuromuscular degeneration similar to ALS, and all statins were contributing to these adverse reactions, not just Lipitor." Duane Graveline, MD Space Doc.Com
This 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.
In long-term clinical studies, it has been simultaneously used with nearly all of the common prescription drugs and they have shown no evidence of clinically relevant adverse interactions with policosanol.
The side effects 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.
Detailed clinical trials have shown that Policosanol produces beneficial effects on cholesterol control within the first 6-8 weeks of use.
The 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.
Policosanol ingredients are a mixture of fatty compounds derived from the outer wax of sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum). Products derived from other sources have been found to be less effective
A 20 mg capsule of Vital Life Nutritionals Extra Strength Policosanol derived from sugar cane is about 37 cents per day.
Policosanal typically increases HDL cholesterol by 15% to 25% after two months of usage. LDL cholesterol levels typically drop by 25-30% during the first 8-12 weeks of therapy.
Statin drugs do NOT improve HDL cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol that has been shown to reverse heart disease.
The benefits of this natural, side effect free supplement are well documented by numerous studies and come with recommendations from recognized authorities such as Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND.
It's no wonder that it has been our best selling solution for improving cholesterol.
In an online comparison study conducted by ConsumerLab four of seven policosanol products tested contained only 23% to 78% of the amount listed on the label.
The original comparison studies were conducted with a formula derived from sugar cane. It's wise to avoid products made with bees wax, rice wax or other plant waxes as many are not as effective as the sugar cane formulas.
For many years Vital Life Nutritionals Policosanol Extra Strength supplements derived from sugar cane have been our best selling solution to improving cholesterol.
Vital Life Nutritionals This excellent natural product is extracted from sugar cane and is the same formula used in the clinical research studies.
"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."
"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.
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