Policosanol Dosage

What is the right policosanol dosage for you? How much should you take to be safe but still get good results?

Some meds may reduce the effectiveness of policosanol.

Policosanol supplements clearly have a lot of benefits. But, in order to enjoy those benefits, it helps to know the proper dosage.

What is Policosanol?

Policosanol is a natural supplement that is used mainly to treat elevated cholesterol levels. This supplement is derived from sugarcane wax and contains octacosanol, which is its main active ingredient.

Aside from helping treat those with cholesterol problems, it is also good for people experiencing claudication (leg pain due to impaired circulation) and coronary heart disease.

Some of the more commonly reported policosanol side effects are dizziness, weight loss, migraine, and skin rashes.

However, using policosanol from a trusted source and with recommended amounts is generally considered to be very safe.

Is Policosanol Right for You?

People who are taking certain medications, like Levodopa, are advised to consult their physician first before taking this supplement. That's because the active ingredient in policosanol, octacosanol, may interfere with some of the active properties of the drug Levodopo. (Levodopa is used to treat Parkinson's disease.)

Also, extra caution should be taking if you have a bleeding disorder or are using any blood-thinning medications like Coumdadin. This is due to the tendency policosanol has to act as a natural blood thinner.

Aside from treating people with high cholesterol, it has also been shown to provide support for people with hypertension, diabetes, and liver problems.

Dosage Information for Policosanol

It is difficult to establish an exact amount that is considered safe (or dangerous) when taking dietary supplements. That's because the dosage quantity is affected by different factors such as:

  • age
  • current health condition
  • weight

For example, a man that's 6'6" weighing 275 pounds would be in a position to take a larger dose than a petite woman weight 110 pounds.

In most cases though, there are few overdose dangers for natural supplements, like policosanol, because of their natural properties.

Most healthcare providers would recommend a starting dose of 10mg per day.

If appropriate, it can even be increased to 20mg per day. Some studies have administered dosages as high as 80mg with success and safety.

Things to Keep in Mind…

Although herbal supplements are considered to be generally safe, it is still important to know what you are buying. Bogus supplements with pie-in-the-sky claims are everywhere, so be cautious.

Be sure to consider the following:

  • Buy policosanol products from trustworthy companies.
  • If the ingredients are not written on the label, it is safer not to buy.
  • Look for the active ingredients with the Certificate of Analysis (COA).

What Is a COA?

COA is a type of certification that is issued by authorized agencies to verify the quality and safety of a pharmaceutical or herbal product ingredient.

The different parts of a COA include product description, certified value, uncertified value, preparation information, intended use, and traceability information.

Policosanol is a great addition to a natural cholesterol management plan. Numerous double-blind studies have shown it to be both effective and safe.

Of course, you also want to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and have regular check-ups to maximize its benefits.

References:
> Policosanol Dosage, Kristi Monson, PharmD (Last updated/reviewed: February 04, 2008)
> What is certificate of analysis? definition and meaning
> Sample COA


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