Newsletters - July 2003

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Policosanol SC (Sugarcane) is a natural mixture of higher aliphatic alcohols, found in plant waxes. Sugarcane wax is the common source. The components of policosanol include 1-octacosanol, 1-dotriacontanol, 1-tetracosanol, 1-tetratriacontanol, 1-hexacosanol, 1-heptacosanol and 1-nonacosanol. This mixture of alcohols is clinically proven to be effective in maintaining normal cholesterol levels.

In vitro studies, studies on animal models and clinical studies published in literature reveal that Policosanol affects cholesterol metabolism.1,2,3 In clinical studies, Policosanol was shown to to be effective in lowering both total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the 'bad' cholesterol, and to increase levels of the 'good' type of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.1. Other beneficial effects include inhibition of platelet aggregation, which in turn is helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health.4-6

A comparative study with the commonly used statin drug, Lovastatin on subjects suffering from intermittent claudication revealed the superior benefits of policosanol, strengthening its credentials in offering nutritional support to maintaining normal blood lipid levels 7 .


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