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Nature's Plus - Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice/Gugulipid Complex 450 mg. - 120 Vegetarian CapsulesStandardized Botanical Supplement

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    Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice/Gugulipid Complex 450 mg. - 120 Vegetarian Capsules

    Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Read Yeast/Gugulipid Complex maximizes the synergistic benefits of the whole extract and provides the greatest concentration of active botanical principles.

    Free from artificial colors and preservatives. Free from the common allergens yeast, wheat, soy, and milk.

    Red Yeast Rice

    Parts Used and Where Grown
    This substance, native to China, is a fermentation by-product of cooked non-glutinous rice on which red yeast has been grown. The dried, powdered red yeast rice is used medicinally.

    Historical or Traditional Use
    Since 800 A.D., red yeast rice has been employed by the Chinese as both a food and a medicinal agent. Its therapeutic benefits as both a promoter of blood circulation and a digestive stimulant were first noted in the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia, Ben Cao Gang Mu-Dan Shi Bu Yi, during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use red yeast rice to treat abdominal pain due to stagnant blood and dysentery, as well as external and internal trauma. In addition to its therapeutic applications, red yeast rice has been used for centuries as a flavor enhancer, a food preservative, and a base for a Taiwanese alcoholic rice-wine beverage.

    Active Constituents
    In addition to rice starch, protein, fiber, sterols, and fatty acids, red yeast rice contains numerous active constituents, including monacolin K, dihydromonacolin, and monacolin I to VI.

    Researchers have determined that one of the ingredients in red yeast rice, called monacolin K, inhibits the production of cholesterol by stopping the action of a key enzyme in the liver (e.g., HMG-CoA reductase) that is responsible for manufacturing cholesterol. The drug lovastatin (Mevacor) acts in a similar fashion to this red yeast rice ingredient. However, the amount per volume of monacolin K in red yeast rice is small (0.2% per 5 mg) when compared to the 20–40 mg of lovastatin available as a prescription drug. This has prompted researchers to suggest that red yeast rice may have other ingredients, such as sterols, that might also contribute to lowering cholesterol.

    Along with its evaluation in animal trials, red yeast rice has been clinically investigated as a therapy for reducing cholesterol in two human trials. In one trial, both men and women taking 1.2 grams (approximately 13.5 mg total monacolins) of a concentrated red yeast rice extract per day for two months had significant decreases in serum cholesterol levels. In addition, people taking red yeast rice had a significant increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol and a decrease in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Elevated triglycerides were also found to be lowered.

    A double-blind trial at the UCLA School of Medicine determined that red yeast rice in the amount of 2.4 grams per day (approximately 10 mg total monacolins) in capsules significantly decreased total- and LDL-cholesterol levels in a sample of people with elevated cholesterol after 12 weeks of therapy. Triglycerides were also reduced in those taking red yeast rice. However, unlike the original study, HDL values did not increase substantially.

    How Much is Usually Taken?
    The red yeast rice used in various studies was a proprietary product called Cholestin™, which contains ten different monacolins. The amount of Cholestin used in these studies was 1.2–2.4 grams (5–10 mg of monacolins) per day in divided amounts for 8-12 weeks.

    Note: Cholestin has been banned in the United States, as a result of a lawsuit alleging patent infringement.

    Other red yeast rice products currently on the market differ from Cholestin in their chemical makeup. None contain the full complement of ten monacolin compounds that are present in Cholestin, and some contain a potentially toxic fermentation product called citrinin. Despite these concerns, other red yeast rice products are being widely used and anecdotal reports suggest that they have a similar safety and efficacy profile as that of Cholestin.

    Are there any side effects or interactions?
    The Cholestin brand of red yeast rice has been generally well tolerated with possible temporary mild side effects such as heartburn, gas, and dizziness. This product should not be used by people with liver disorders and its safety during pregnancy has not been established. As in the case of medications that inhibit HMG-CoA, it is advisable that people using red yeast rice products also supplement 30–60 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily.

    There is one case report of muscle weakness and joint pain occurring in a man who was taking red yeast rice. Because the man was also taking several prescription drugs, it was not clear whether the symptoms were caused by red yeast rice. In another case report, a woman developed severe muscle pain with laboratory evidence of muscle damage while taking red yeast rice. In that case, red yeast rice appeared to be the cause of the muscle damage. These reports should be taken seriously, because muscle problems are common side effects of prescription HMG CoA-reductase inhibitors.

    There is one case report of hepatitis developing in a woman taking red yeast rice. She was also taking two medications that have been reported to cause hepatitis, so a cause-effect relationship with red yeast rice was not proven. However, since statin drugs have been reported to cause hepatitis, it is possible that this complication can also result from taking red yeast rice.

    Are there any drug interactions?
    Certain medicines may interact with red yeast rice.

    Gugulipid

    Parts used and where grown

    The mukul myrrh (Commiphora mukul) tree is a small, thorny plant distributed throughout India. Guggul and gum guggulu are the names given to a yellowish resin produced by the stem of the plant. This resin has been used historically and is also the source of modern extracts of guggul.

    Historical or traditional use
    The classical treatise on Ayurvedic medicine, Sushrita Samhita, describes the use of guggul for a wide variety of conditions, including rheumatism and obesity. One of its primary indications was a condition known as medoroga. This ancient diagnosis is similar to the modern description of atherosclerosis. Standardized guggul extracts are approved in India for lowering elevated serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

    Active constituents
    Guggul contains resin, volatile oils, and gum. The extract isolates ketonic steroid compounds known as guggulsterones. These compounds have been shown to provide the cholesterol- and triglyceride-lowering actions noted for guggul. Guggul significantly lowers serum triglycerides and cholesterol as well as LDL and VLDL cholesterols (the “bad” cholesterols). At the same time, it raises levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). As antioxidants, guggulsterones keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, an action which protects against atherosclerosis. Guggul has also been shown to reduce the stickiness of platelets—another effect that lowers the risk of coronary artery disease. One double-blind trial found guggul extract similar to the drug clofibrate for lowering cholesterol levels. Other clinical trials in India (using 1,500 mg of extract per day) have confirmed guggul extracts improve lipid levels in humans.

    A combination of guggul, phosphate salts, hydroxycitrate, and tyrosine coupled with exercise has been shown in a double-blind trial to improve mood with a slight tendency to improve weight loss in overweight adults.

    One small clinical trial found that guggul (Commiphora mukul) compared favorably to tetracycline in the treatment of cystic acne. The amount of guggul extract taken in the trial was 500 mg twice per day.

    How much is usually taken?
    Daily recommendations for the purified guggul extract are typically based on the amount of guggulsterones in the extract. A common intake of guggulsterones is 25 mg three times per day. Most extracts contain 2.5–5% guggulsterones and can be taken daily for 12 to 24 weeks for lowering high cholesterol and/or triglycerides.

    Are there any side effects or interactions?
    Early studies with the crude oleoresin reported numerous side effects, including diarrhea, anorexia, abdominal pain, and skin rash. Modern extracts are more purified, and fewer side effects (e.g., mild abdominal discomfort) have been reported with long-term use. Rash was reported, however, as a fairly common side effect in one recent study. Guggul should be used with caution by people with liver disease and in cases of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and diarrhea. A physician should be consulted before treating elevated cholesterol and triglycerides.

    At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with guggul.


    Herbal Actives from Nature's Plus


    The Nature's Plus Herbal Actives line of herbal supplements and vitamins are the most complete line of powerful standardized herbal formulas ever developed! Many ancient civilizations used health-promoting native plants, botanicals and trees, but more than any other, Chinese and Ayurvedic health traditions have continued from generation to generation.
     
    Herbal Actives draws on this rich tradition of natural health-promoting botanicals to create standardized top-quality herbal supplements and vitamins, enhanced and empowered with the latest herbal research and technology. Millions of consumers around the world rely on Herbal Actives to support their goals for health and well-being.
     
    The extensive line of Herbal Actives herbal supplements and vitamins consists of the most sought-after herbal products on the market, including: Echinacea, goldenseal, St. John's Wort, ginkgo biloba, Korean ginseng, pomegranate, valerian, red yeast rice, super fruits, green tea, milk thistle
    ...plus over 100 of the finest herbal supplements and vitamins!
     
    The Nature's Plus standards of excellence in quality manufacturing practices guarantees products that exceed industry standards for potency, purity, quality and bioavailability.
     
    How Nature's Plus Creates the Highest Quality Herbal Supplements and Vitamins

    • Standardized, Superior-Quality Herbal Ingredients - The effectiveness of Herbal Actives supplements and vitamins starts with using the highest quality, purest herbal extracts and active ingredients. With standardization, every Herbal Actives herbal formula not only provides the highest concentration of active botanical principles, but also maintains the herb's complete profile of balanced constituents, to maximize the synergistic benefits in every serving. You'll find this consistency in every herbal supplement and vitamin produced by Nature's Plus .
    • Backed by an Independent Laboratory Assay -  Nature's Plus is proud to regularly submit a random sample of all Herbal Actives vitamins and supplements to an independent laboratory for objective proof of quality. This is our mark of excellence and your objective guarantee of quality.
    • Innovators of Herbal Supplements and Vitamins -  For over 40 years, Nature's Plus has been a pioneer in the supplement industry. As the first full line of standardized herbs, Herbal Actives ingredients work together synergistically in a perfect balance for maximum support of your health and well-being.
    • HerbaShield Packaging -  Nature's Plus exclusive purity and safety system provides each product with a light-resistant bottle, airtight inner seal, moisture-absorbing packet, tamper-evident safety cap and tamper-proof full bottle seal.
    • Guaranteed Maximum Potency -  Each Herbal Actives formula is scientifically standardized to the highest level of active principles. Look for the Guaranteed Maximum Potency logo as your guarantee of consistency and potency in all herbal supplements and vitamins from Nature's Plus.
    Strict GMP Compliance
    The Herbal Actives line is manufactured under strict GMP compliance. GMP refers to "Good Manufacturing Practice" regulations established by the US Food and Drug Administration for pharmaceutical drug companies. The Nature's Plus manufacturing facilities are so exceptional that the FDA gives other manufacturers a guided tour of our facilities to show a "model manufacturing facility." Take a closer look at Herbal Actives' rich variety of botanical and herbal vitamins and supplements from Nature's Plus , the industry's gold standard bearer for quality, innovation and reliability. Place your order online with confidence. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!


    About Nature's Plus

    Nature's Plus has been considered the gold standard in Natural Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements for over 40 years.

    The Beginning
    In the early 1970s, when Gerald Kessler founded Nature's Plus, he had a clear vision of the kind of products he wanted to produce. Carefully studying the natural vitamin market, he observed that consumers were seeking energy and an enhanced quality of life from their vitamins. He knew that only a supplement made with superior ingredients and the highest standards of manufacturing could result in exceptional products with the energy-releasing results consumers demanded.

    Over 1,200 Natural Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements Later
    They continue to fine-tune their products and raise the bar for quality and performance in their industry. Today Nature's Plus products are unsurpassed in their ability to release natural energy and provide the ultimate feeling of well-being. That's why they call them the "Energy Supplements."

    The Nature's Plus Quality Commitment
    Nature's Plus has worked hard to earn the loyalty of millions of satisfied consumers and health food retailers worldwide with our emphasis on high quality at every stage - from manufacturing to on-time delivery to retailers:

    • Selection of the highest quality safe and natural ingredients
    • Over 1,200 natural vitamins and nutritional supplements to meet a wide variety of needs
    • Customized nutritional products for men, women and children that deliver maximum results
    • State-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Their facilities, which are FDA registered and NSF certified, maintain continuous adherence to cGMP compliance and superior standards through consistent review by their Quality teams.
    • Ongoing research and development continues to bring you and your family the most effective vitamins and supplements based on solid, scientific findings
    • Innovative vitamins and supplements enhanced with special combinations of ingredients for maximum health and energy benefits
    • 100% Consumer Satisfaction Guarantee. Nature's Plus is committed to supplying superior quality natural vitamins and nutritional supplements that meet the high-energy demands of their customers without shortcuts or compromise.
    Suggested Use

    As a dietary supplement offering the consistent benefits of exact potency, one capsule daily or as recommended by your health care professional.

    Warnings

    Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children. Note: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health care professional before using any herbal product. This is not a prescription product. It is a dietary supplement made with the highest possible quality standards.

    Ingredients

    Nature's Plus - Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice/Gugulipid Complex 450 mg. - 120 Vegetarian Capsules
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: 1 Capsule
    Servings Per Container: 120
    Amount Per Serving %DV*
    Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpureus ) 300 mg
    Gugulipid (Commiphora mukul gum resin)
    (standardized 2.5% [3.75 mg] guggulsterones)
    150 mg
    †Daily Value Not Established.
    Ingredients: Silica, vegetable cellulose (USP) and purified water.
    About Nature's Plus
    Energy and an enhanced quality of life are what the consumer is seeking in the natural vitamin market. Only a supplement made with the highest quality ingredients and the highest standards of manufacturing can offer consumers the energy-releasing results they demand. Nature’s Plus supplements are known as the energy supplements because the standards of excellence practiced by the nature’s plus family result in products that are unsurpassed in their ability to release natural energy and provide the ultimate feeling of well-being.
    548 Broadhead Rd
    Melville, NY, 11747
    Phone: 800-645-9500
    http://www.naturesplus.com
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