Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:
- Octacosanol Alcohol
- Wheat Germ Oil
Principal Proposed Uses
Policosanol is a mixture of waxy substances generally manufactured from sugarcane. It contains about 60% octacosanol, along with many related chemicals. In some cases, the terms octacosanol and policosanol are used interchangeably.
Typical dosages of policosanol in Cuban studies have ranged from 5 mg to 10 mg twice daily.
The bottom line : At present, considerable doubt exists regarding whether any form of policosanol offers cholesterol-related benefits.
Note : Virtually all statements regarding the safety of policosanol derive from studies reported by the patent-holding Cuban research group. Since the reliability of these researchers is now in question, all of the statements below are similarly open to question.
The maximum safe dosages for young children, pregnant or nursing women, or individuals with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.
Interactions You Should Know About
Do not use policosanol except on medical advice if you are taking:
- Blood-thinning medications, for example:
- Natural supplements that thin the blood, for example:
Keep in mind that policosanol may increase both the effects and side effects of:
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -