Common name: Octacosanol
CAS NO.: 557-61-9
Molecular Formula: C28-H58-O
Molecular Weight: 410.765
Specification: 60%, 90%, 95%, 98%
Test method: GC
Resource: Rice Bran
Storage: Store in cool and dry place and keep away from strong direct light and heat
Shelf Life: Two years when properly stored
What is Octacosanol?
Octacosanol (C28H58O) is a 28 carbon long-chain saturated primary alcohol, and is the active ingredient in wheat germ oil, rice bran oil. It is found in wheat germ oil, spinach and sugar cane wax.
Health Benefits of Octacosanol
Lowers Cholesterol Markers
Wheat germ oil remains a popular item at health food stores, and many people take it to control their cholesterol. Scientific research, however, provides little evidence for this alleged effect. Yet, doctors are gradually documenting the cholesterol-lowering effect of octacosanol.
Improves Athletic Performance
Octacosanol also has a reputation for being useful in athletic competitions. Several websites promote wheat germ oil as a way to increase physical endurance. Some scientific data supports this notion. An experiment by H. Kim and associates described in the Winter 2003 issue of "Journal of Medicinal Food" tested octacosanol and a placebo on laboratory animals for 28 days. Relative to controls, rats receiving the wheat product ran 46 percent longer before they reached exhaustion.
Treats Parkinson's Symptoms
Dietary supplements have received renewed interest as an adjunct treatment for debilitating illnesses. Most wheat germ oil research has focused on the cardiovascular system, but octacosanol may affect the nervous system as well. A study in China evaluated the impact of octacosanol in an animal model of Parkinson's disease. These researchers gave the wheat extract to diseased rodents for 14 days. The results, published shown in the July 2010 edition of "Acta Pharmacologica Sinica," indicate that octacosanol caused positive changes in each rat's behavior and brain. Most importantly, the rats treated with the wheat product displayed no negative reactions.