Overview

Octacosanol is a chemical found in some plants, including sugar cane and wheat germ oil. It makes up 67% of another similar chemical called policosanol.

Octacosanol might help to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol and increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol. Octacosanol might also improve the health of fat cells.

People use octacosanol for athletic performance, Parkinson disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), high cholesterol, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse octacosanol with policosanol. These are not the same.

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