Octacosanol is a chemical found in a variety of plants, including sugar cane and wheat germ oil. It is chemically similar to vitamin E. Octacosanol is used to improve exercise performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time.
Why Do Athletes Use It?
Some athletes say that octacosanol helps increase speed and strength and improve reaction time.
What Do the Advocates Say?
Animal studies suggest that octacosanol may help muscles obtain and utilize fatty acids for energy production. Other claims for increased anabolic and oxygen utilization effects have not been proven. Very little human research has investigated the effects of octacosanol on exercise performance, and results have been mixed.
*Athletes and fitness advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.
How Much Is Usually Taken by Athletes?
Octacosanol, a waxy substance found in wheat germ oil, has been investigated as an ergogenic agent. Preliminary studies have suggested that octacosanol improves endurance, reaction time, and other measures of exercise capacity.1 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.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for…
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). Early research suggests that octacosanol does not improve symptoms of ALS.
- Parkinson’s disease. Developing research suggests that octacosanol might improve symptoms in some people with Parkinson’s disease.
- Improving athletic performance including strength, stamina, and reaction time.
- Herpes infections.
- Skin diseases.
- High cholesterol.
- “Hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of octacosanol for these uses.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
There is not enough information to know if octacosanol is safe.
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