Policosanol: How does it affect your cholesterol?

The Good Day Pharmacy nutritional supplement, Policosanol, is a mixture of nine different aliphatic alcohols which are designed to support healthy cholesterol. Octacosanol, a derivative of the wax from sugar cane plants, is the main ingredient in Policosanol and works as a powerful antioxidant to help maintain healthy arteries. This, combined with the actions of eight other alcohols, including triacontanol and hexacosanol, appear to support healthy LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and promote cardiovascular health.

Studies that have been published regarding the policosanol alcohol ingredient have had conflicting results on the efficacy in lowering LDL or raising HDL. However, more recent studies have found that policosanol does positively affect cholesterol. It seems to decrease cholesterol production in the liver and to increase the breakdown of LDL cholesterol. It also decreases the stickiness of platelets in the blood, which might help reduce blood clots.

Policosanol is used for conditions that affect the health of the heart and blood vessels, including high cholesterol, leg pain due to poor circulation, and narrowing of the blood vessels that support the heart.