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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: Policosanol is a naturally occurring compound extracted from sugarcane wax, beeswax, or rice bran wax. Nearly all of the published studies have been done on the sugarcane extract form. It is composed of a combination of fatty alcohol groups that includes octacosanol. Comparison studies have shown policosanol to be equally effective as pharmaceutical cholesterol-lowering medications. Policosanol appears to do a better job of increasing the good HDL cholesterol.


  • Angina
  • High cholesterol, including total and LDL cholesterol, and ­ lipoprotein(a)
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Stroke prevention

Precautions: Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should not use policosanol.

Dosage: Take 10 to 20 mg with the evening meal.

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