The Cuban pharmaceutical drug prepared from sugar cane is effective against various illnesses including the reduction of cholesterol without causing side effects Policosanol, known by its commercial name PPG, has numerous therapeutic benefits and is often prescribed by doctors for the treatment of patients with high levels of bad cholesterol.
PPG is obtained from high aliphatic alcohol and other by-products of sugar cane which have been isolated and purified through a strict process. It has been approved for use in Cuba since 1991 and is dispensed in tablet form in dosages of 5, 10, and 20 milligrams.
Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death in most developed countries and it is well known that an increase in cholesterol levels in the blood flow increases the risk of potential problems. PPG is used as a preventative treatment on the island. The drug acts on bad cholesterol which is present in low density lipoproteins or LDL-C. The increase of this harmful component in the organism is linked to high blood pressure and smoking can further add to potential risks.
For this reason, doctors recommend that their patients quit smoking, keep their blood pressure at safe levels, and decrease hypercholesterolemia as a preventative and important measure to improve their quality of life.
Inaddition to noticeably reducing levels of cholesterol, the drug has an excellent profile of safety and tolerance in contrast to other anticholesterol drugs which can produce adverse collateral effects and lead to secondary reactions.
To approve the use of PPG in Cuba and other countries, the drug has passed strict tests and clinical trials which have confirmed its effectiveness to reduce cholesterol, especially LDL-C. It was also shown to be safe to take with other medicines.
As well as treating high blood pressure, PPG has been confirmed to assist both young and old patients with diabetes and with hepatic or kidney disorders.
Other benefits of PPG have been confirmed in patients with a very high coronary risk who were able to gradually improve their functional capacity. The longer the period of usage, the better were theimprovements in the patients.
A positive effect from Policosanol was also reported in studies of groups of people affected by intermittent claudication. On this group of people, the medication reduced the frequency of the periods of motion disorders as a result of pain and other negative symptoms in the legs.
A long term investigation showed the positive impact of PPG on the frequency and characteristics of vascular events and the gradual decrease in the seriousness of these symptoms. With the prolongation of the treatment, patients noticeably improved their general capacity.
PPG has other important attributes such as preventing platelets from sticking, antioxidant properties, and anti-proliferative properties. The concurrence of these properties makes the drug the first choice in cases of atherosclerosis, a multi-factorial illness where not only lipids are deposited on the internal arterial wall but also some other elements of the blood and fibrous tissue.
The Cuban company marketing this natural medication is the DALMER Laboratories. Specialists of this company explained that Policosanol, in addition to contributing to the metabolism of fats, can also be used as a diet supplement through the formulation of a PPG Diet. This is recommended for persons of advanced age or those with high demands on their lifestyles such as high performance athletes and other professionals who are regularly subject to high physical and intellectual stress.
PPG was developed by the Centro de ProductosNaturales at the National Centre for ScientificResearch located in Havana. Numerous countries around the world have approved its usage including Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Slovakia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Russia, EI Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
In addition to Cuba, other nations have granted patents for this unique product for its broad spectrum of curative properties. PPG can also be found as Ateromixol.