by Patti Swain

How safe is it to take polycosinol?

They say it regulates blood sugar and reduces cholesterol in the blood.

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Oct 03, 2011
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by: Misty

Hi Patti
Thank you for your question. For those not aware, Policosanol is a dietary supplement originated and isolated from Cuban Sugarcane Wax. Because patent issue and the US trade embargo against Cuba, sugarcane policosanol is not widely available in the United States. Instead, policosanol products sold in the US are generally derived from beeswax and wheat germ.

It is used to reduce cholesterol made in the liver as the primary use.

Patti, our most successful way to clear blood sugar from the bloodstream is through that of reduced carbohydrate as well as the well studied supplements such as Chromium, (Chromium is an important mineral that supercharges your body's ability to remove glucose from your bloodstream) Gymnema (has been used for generations in India to help regulate their blood sugar. It's so effective that its name means "destroyer of sugar." Unlike cinnamon, which helps pull sugar out of your blood stream, Gymnema prevents glucose from getting into your bloodstream too quickly) and of course, a food, cinnamon (Cinnamon makes your body more responsive to insulin).

I believe that so much can be changed with food as well as vitamin and mineral supplementation without the need to manipulate one of the body's natural mechanisms through something like Policosanol. As a matter of fact, a key mineral Vanadium acts just like insulin to remove excess glucose from your bloodstream and push it into your muscles and cells.

When we alter the diet to greatly reduce to eliminate processed foods and increase our fat intake a bit, we naturally see a reduction in LDL particle size, reduction in Triglycerides and an increase in HDL cholesterol. The very lipid profile that assists in reducing heart disease.

As far as peer reviewed studies, there are none in the US. An independent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006 did not find any benefit of policosanol, even at high doses, on cholesterol profile. This finding has casted some doubt on the reliability of the Cuban research on policosanol. (AltMedicine)

As far as safety, I believe when we manipulate the body's natural process', we may pay somewhere.

I hope this helps answer your question.

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