Policosanol, a nutritional supplement that lowers cholesterol better than most drugs, is the subject of this month's Natural Health Newsletter.
The scientific research on Policosanol is amazing! It has been shown to lower cholesterol and LDL, raise HDL, inhibit platelet aggregration, and relieve intermittent claudication.
If you're one of the many people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs and are concerned about the side effects and liver toxicity, you should consider Policosanol.
Policosanol Lowers Cholesterol better than Statin Drugs
By Ronald Steriti, NMD, PhD
Policosanol is a natural supplement made from sugar cane that has been shown in scientific studies to lower cholesterol levels as well as, or better than statin drugs without the side effects. Policosanol can also lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 20%, and raise HDL cholesterol by 10%.
Policosanol also inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized LDL creates a chronic inflammatory response in blood vessels which can significantly contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, thereby increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Conventional medicine focuses on the use of statin drugs (Lipitor, Zocor, Lescol, Mevacor and Pravachol) to lower cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular risk. Statin drugs work by blocking the formation of cholesterol by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. Unfortunately, statin drugs are associated with several side effects such as liver dysfunction and muscle atrophy.
Statin drugs also block the formation of coenzyme Q10 and vitamins A, D, E and K. Because of this, many people are seeking natural alternatives. A review of the scientific studies on policosanol was recently published in the American Heart Journal. The authors reported: At doses of 10 to 20 mg per day, policosanol
Daily doses of 10 mg of policosanol have been shown to be equally effective in lowering total or LDL cholesterol as the same dose of simvastatin or pravastatin. At dosages of up to 20 mg per day, policosanol is safe and well tolerated, as studies of greater than 3 years of therapy indicate. The authors concluded that policosanol seems to be a very promising phytochemical alternative to classic lipid-lowering agents such as the statins and deserves further evaluation. (Gouni-Berthold and Berthold 2002)
Gouni-Berthold, I. and H. K. Berthold (2002). "Policosanol: clinical pharmacology and therapeutic significance of a new lipid-lowering agent." Am Heart J 143(2): 356-65.
About the Author
Dr. Steriti is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of five accredited medical schools in the United States that teach natural therapies along with conventional medical diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Steriti offers phone consultations and can be reached at (239) 659-2684.
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