• Support Cardiovascular Health
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Lowers Blood Pressure

Cholesterol, a lipid sterol found throughout the body, is necessary for the production of sex hor­mones and corticol steroids. Important in the pro­duction of healthy nerves and skin, cholesterol also plays a major role in maintaining overall good health.

So why is cholesterol such a problem? The trouble with cholesterol is that it has a tendency to combine with blood platelets and adhere to the inside walls of arteries. These "plaques" that are formed, restrict blood flow through the blood ves­sels causing an increase in blood pressure.

Good and Bad Cholesterol:

Although we do not yet understand the mechanisms, we do know that elevated cholesterol lev­els correlate with a higher risk of heart disease. However, all cholesterol is not a like. Cholesterol travels through the blood via lipoproteins, a cho­lesterol molecule attached to a protein. There are two main forms of these lipoproteins; high-density lipoproteins (HDL's), and low-density liproteins or (LDL's). It is the ratio of the HDL's to LDL's that plays a key role in the health of our arteries. In general the higher the level of LDL's the greater the risk of plaque formation and heart disease.

Red Yeast Rice:

Red Yeast rice extract is a preparation from the yeast, Monascus purpureus that is grown on rice using a traditional Chinese rice fermentation method. Red Yeast rice has been used in China for thousands of years to make rice wine and as a flavor enhancer for food.

Modern research has found that Red Yeast rice extracts help promote healthy blood choles­terol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA retuctase, an enzyme directly responsible for the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. This inhibitor is called mevinolin, and appears to be closely related to the active component found in a major cholesterol-lowering drug.

Red Yeast Lowers Cholesterol:

Red Yeast rice has been shown to lower total serum cholesterol levels. In a double-blind study with 502 patients, Wang et al. demonstrated that Red Yeast rice lowered total cholesterol levels by 22.7%. There was a 31% reduction of LDL and a 20% increase in HDL levels by the end of eight weeks of treatment.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Herber et al., examined the cholesterol-lowering effects of Chinese Red Yeast rice using a double-blind placebo controlled trial over a 12 week period with 83 patients. In this trial, total cholesterol decreased by 20% and triglycerides decreased by 36% in the supplement group. HDL-cholesterol concentrations increased by 17% in the treated group compared to only 8% in the control group.

Red Yeast Rice lowers Blood Pressure:

Extracts of the fermented rice have been shown to contain hypotensive agents such as acetylcholine and GABA. Both these compounds reduce blood pressure by relaxing the smooth muscles of blood vessels. Studies report that sup­plementation with Red Yeast rice can significantly lower blood pressure and basal heart rate.

Usage and Safety:

Studies with the Red Yeast rice showed that between 1.2-2.4g per day of the extract taken for 8 weeks had a significant effect on the lowering of total cholesterol in the blood. Side effects were rare and include minor dizziness, heartburn and indigestion. However, individuals with a history of liver problems should not use this extract without the advice of their doctor.

Cholesterol Management:

People over the age of 40 years should have their cholesterol checked at least once a year. Other ways to lower cholesterol levels are to re­duce the amounts of fat in the diet, eat more fruit and vegetables and increase the amount of daily exercise. Oat fiber and Gugulipids (extracts from the Commiphora plant) have both been shown to help lower cholesterol by facilitating its removal from the body.

90 Capsules per Bottle
SUGGESTED USE: Take 3-4 capsules per day.

WARNING: This product is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. If you have a history of liver disease do not use this product. If you are taking cholesterol lowering drugs, seek the advice of a physician before using this product. Not for anyone under the age of 20

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Heber al. Cholesterol-lowering effects of a proprietary Chinese red-yeast rice dietary supple­ment. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999; 69: 231-6. (/Vang ei ai. Multicenter clinical trial of the serum lowering effects of Monascus purpureus (red yeast) rice preparation from traditional Chinese medicine. Curr.Ther Research. 1997 58;12:964-978.

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