U.S. studies: Popular anticholesterol supplement not effective

12/27/2006 | Reuters

The dietary supplement policosanol appears to be no better than a placebo in reducing cholesterol levels, according to new U.S. research published in a journal. Previous studies conducted in Cuba had shown the extract from sugar cane to be as effective as statins, but the new study combined evidence from independent U.S. laboratories showing the supplement was not effective at lowering cholesterol.

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