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Researchers Disprove that Cuban Sugarcane lowers Cholesterol

A research institute in Cuba had earlier proved that Policosanols present in Cuban sugar cane had dramatic cholesterol-lowering effects. A new study done by// Canadian researchers contradicts this view.

Two Canadian researchers Dr. Peter J. H. Jones and Dr. Amira N. Kassis studying Nutrition and Functional Foods at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, conducted their study on 21 healthy men and women with high cholesterol.

The participants were asked to consume ten milligrams of policosanols daily or a placebo for 28 days. After a 28-day break, the participants were switched to placebo or policosanols.

No observable effect on the participants' cholesterol was found in those who consumed policosanols. A number of products obtained from plants are known to reduce cholesterol levels,but this study finds that Cuban sugar cane 'policosanols' are not effective, Jones reported.

However, Jones admitted that there are chances that Cuban individuals possess genetic differences that make them react differently to policosanols. It might also be because they take policosanols in their normal diet that the extract did not produce the effect it would have on other people.

There seems to be need for more research and scrutiny of this herbal product claims, as policosanol extract is quite expensive and is being sold for a dollar a pill.

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