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Octacosanol is a waxy substance naturally present in some plant oils and is the primary component of the sugar cane extract called policosanol.
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Preliminary studies have suggested that octacosanol improves endurance, reaction time, and other measures of exercise capacity.
Wheat germ oil, which contains a waxy substance known as octacosanol, has been investigated as an ergogenic agent. Preliminary studies have suggested that octacosanol improves endurance, reaction time, and other measures of exercise capacity. In another preliminary trial, supplementation with 1 mg per day of octacosanol for eight weeks improved grip strength and visual reaction time, but it had no effect on chest strength, auditory reaction time, or endurance.
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When octacosanol is taken as part of policosanol, 5-10 mg of policosanol is taken twice each day with meals. For exercise performance, 1 mg per day of octacosanol has been used.
Where to Find It
Octacosanol is a waxy substance found in vegetable oils and sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum). Another compound, called policosanol, contains a large amount of octacosanol, along with several similar compounds.
Because octacosanol is not an essential bodily constituent, deficiencies do not occur.
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Last Review: 03-24-2015
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