More negative results with policosanol

Here’s the latest in a string of negative results using Cuban sugar cane-derived policosanol.

The results are important because the researchers from Azienda Ospedaliera in Padua, Italy confirmed that the tablets contained the correct amount of policosanol.

First, the details.

  • 68 people with high cholesterol blood levels were randomly assigned to take policosanol 20 mg daily for 8 weeks or placebo.

And, the results.

  • 63 people completed the study.
  • There was no difference in body mass index, total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglyceride blood levels between the groups.

The bottom line?
Policosanol was “the most disappointing CAM in 2006.

Nothing has changed.

1/6/08 20:22 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.