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Policosanol Review – 8 Facts to Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Synopsis | Nutrition Info | Claims | Warnings | Cost | Directions | Verdict

Policosanol is a dietary supplement based on a mixture of natural substances extracted from the waxy coating of sugarcane leaves and stems. The formula is produced by an experienced Australian company called Golden Glow. The company was established more than 35 years ago and has grown into an important international manufacturer and distributor of a large variety of herbal remedies, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and beauty products (skin and hair care products).

Policosanol is marketed as a scientifically confirmed product designed to lower cholesterol (LDL also known as the bad type cholesterol) while increasing the levels of the good cholesterol type. However, no clear evidence is provided to support this claim.

This is a formula addressed to people suffering from cholesterol problems or interested in preventing the negative effects and complications caused by cholesterol (known to affect the heart, the blood vessels and circulation of the blood).

Although some researchers contradict Policosanol’s claimed benefits of lowering cholesterol levels, the substance is largely used in treating and preventing cholesterol related disease. A test showed no significant differences of cholesterol levels in patiens who took various doses of Policosanol’s from those assigned with a placebo drug.


1) Policosanol at a Glance

Policosanol is a chemical (mixture of alcohols) obtained from sugar cane and other sources (wheat germ, beeswax, or rice bran). It is generally advertised for its lipid-lowering qualities. A number of studies involving both animal and humans have shown that the Policosanol derived from Cuban sugar cane plays a significant role in lowering total cholesterol and LDL (low density lipoprotein cholesterol). However, all of these studies have been conducted by a single research group originated in Cuba. Other tests involving the same sources (Cuban-sugar cane derived policosanol) showed no improvements in cholesterol levels for the subjects involved.

Many other studies involving Policosanol were conducted in the last years but the results have been controversial or contradictory. In addition, Policosanol’s effectiveness in lowering cholesterol was invalidated by several studies conducted in Germany, Italy, or The Netherlands. Small benefits were also reported in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The side effects reported were of reduced severity even when normal therapeutic doses were exceeded. Some of the most frequently mentioned side effects are insomnia, indigestion, headache, skin rash, or excessive urination.

Nutrition Info

2) Ingredients of Policosanol

Policosanol contains the following ingredients: Policosanol (sugar cane wax alcohols).

3) Does Policosanol Work and it is Safe?

Policosanol 10mg is essentially a mixture of fatty alcohols derived from the wax of sugar cane. This product is intended to lower bad cholesterol levels while increasing HDL cholesterol.

Contrary to what most people believe, only about one-third of our cholesterol comes from our diet. The rest is produced inside our bodies, and it exists in two forms. There is the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), which can be very dangerous for the cardiovascular system as it can lead to artery blockage atherosclerosis and there is good cholesterol (HDL) which is metabolized in the liver and readily excreted.

The use of policosanol is the treatment of high cholesterol levels is relatively new. This substance is mostly produced in Cuba, and the Cuban government is continuously spending money on its promotion. Although policosanol is considered by some to be effective in the lowering of LDL cholesterol, several clinical trials have found no evidence of its efficacy. So far, the conclusions of the clinical trials have been contradictory.

The manufacturer recommends taking one tablet-10mg of policosanol daily, in the evening.

There are testimonials posted online about Policosanol 10mg. What is being stated includes:

  • It helped me lower cholesterol

  • More effective than other products

  • Easy on the stomach


4) What Policosanol Does?

  • Moderate price for a month supply (approximately $20)
  • 30 days money back guarantee offered by the manufacturer
  • Experienced and reputable manufacturer
  • The formula is covered by a 30-day money back guarantee
  • Few side effects associated to Policosanol use


5) Policosanol Product Warnings

  • No reviews from consumers
  • Mixed opinions about the effectiveness of Policosanol (resulting from various clinical research studies).


6) How Much Does Policosanol Cost?

Policosanol 10mg contains 60 tablets and should last you for two full months of treatment. Unfortunately, the product is rather expensive.

It can be purchased directly from the manufacturer or from numerous other retailers. Please note that the manufacturer does not always offer the best price. The shipping and processing charges usually vary depending on your location.


7) Policosanol Directions

Policosanol recommended dose is of 1 tablet in the evening. This supplement is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The product is advertised as a natural support for healthy cholesterol levels. The manufacturer offers a 30 days money back guarantee for all their products.


8) Our Verdict on Policosanol

Policosanol formula is addressed to individuals who want to prevent or reduce cholesterol related health problems. It is based on a single active ingredient claimed to be clinically confirmed as effective for reducing total cholesterol and LDL. However, some scientists do not agree with the so called proven benefits and there are several studies that actually confirm the opposite.

The formula itself has not been involved in clinical trials nor is it supported by consumer testimonials. We were unable to find any testimonial regarding Golden Glow’s product, either positive or negative. Policosanol based supplements are considered generally safe and with only a few and minor side effects reported. However, you should know that this is not an FDA approved formula and a specialist’s opinion is always advised.

3.5/5 - (2 votes)
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Fiona Marks

I have had elevated cholesterol for a few years now and I heard about policosanol based supplements to be effective in lowering it down. I thought I should try this natural remedy as an alternative to traditional drugs. I did not take my labs again, but I actually feel better.

keirah M.

I read about the benefits of this extract in a medical magazine and I decided to try it because it is a natural product and the manufacturer is a trustable source.