Policosanol – How is Your Cholesterol?
Policosanol is derived from sugar cane and is considered a sugar alcohol. It has been proven through multiple clinical trials to lower (Bad) LDL cholesterol by as much as 20%, while raising (Good) HDL cholesterol by 10%. These results are equivalent to or better than cholesterol lowering drugs, but without the side effects.
It protects from the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which destroys blood vessels by creating inflammation within the blood vessels. Oxidized LDL can also increase metalloproteinase enzymes which interfering with HDL’s protective effect.
A diseased artery often has an increased production of cells, which become thick and overgrown. This overproduction of cells can block your aterties completely. Policosanol reduces this increase in these cells, similarly to many of the statin drugs.
Policosanol works with Aspirin to reduce blood clots. Aspirin blocks one type of blood clotting, while it blocks a different type. Making them more effective when taken together.
Multiple Clinical Trials
In studies of people with high cholesterol taking just 10 mg per day. LDL was decreased by 20%, HDL was increased between 7-8% and total cholesterol was reduced by 15% in 6-12 weeks.
In studies of people with high cholesterol taking 20 mg per day. LDL was decreased by 28%, HDL was increased between 7-10% and total cholesterol was reduced by 20% in 6-12 weeks.
In a study done in Chile, 10mg of policosanol reduced LDL by 24% while 20mg of lovastatin (Mevacor) lowered LDL by 22%.
In a 2.5 year study done with 3000 people taking Policosanol only 26 dropped out from side effects (most frequently weight loss or abdominal pain). However, there was a significant reduction in hospitalizations and serious coronary events compared to the placebo group.
Policosanol is one of many ingredients in the Tikva product. You can learn more about it by clicking here