We were just provided our first tube of Policosanol. It claims to be superior to Plant Sterols and Stanols for cholesterol modulation. Each daily dose is a little pellet (23mg). This unique substance is made from the waxy outer part of sugarcane, or from beeswax depending on the manufacturer. There aren’t quantifiable differences in results based on the form from which the Policosanol is derived.
Cholesterol Differences in HDL vs. LDL and Triglycerides
When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result.
About one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL cholesterol is known as “good” cholesterol, because high levels of HDL seem to protect against heart attack. Low levels of HDL also increase the risk of heart disease. Medical experts think that HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it’s passed from the body. Some experts believe that HDL removes excess cholesterol from arterial plaque, slowing its buildup.
Triglyceride is a form of fat made in the body. Elevated triglycerides can be due to overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and a diet very high in carbohydrates (60 percent of total calories or more). People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol level, including a high LDL (bad) level and a low HDL (good) level. Many people with heart disease and/or diabetes also have high triglyceride levels.
Policosanol: Coating Your Veins So Bad Cholesterol Can’t?
Prior to receiving this tube we had never even heard of Policosanol. Its origin is in traditional Cuban medicine, and in Cuba Policosanol is considered an almost holy substance. Policosanol contains fatty alcohols created by the sugarcane or beeswax that coat the inside of your veins so bad cholesterol can’t absorb and good cholesterol can take over. The result should be a higher HDL and lower LDL and triglycerides.
What do you know? At least Policosanol is reasonably priced..