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At Thorne Research, our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people by providing superior dietary supplements that have the highest level of quality and purity – thereby creating the most respected and valued company in the dietary supplement industry.

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P.O. Box 25
Dover, ID, 83825
http://www.thorne.com
800-228-1966

Thorne Research - Choleast - 120 Vegetarian CapsulesRed Yeast Rice Extract with Coenzyme Q10 for Support of Already Normal Cholesterol Levels


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    Thorne Research - Choleast - 120 Vegetarian Capsules
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    Size/Form: 120  Vegetarian Capsules
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    Servings: 30
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    Choleast by Thorne Research

    Thorne Research Choleast - 120 Vegetarian Capsules

    Natural management of already normal cholesterol levels should involve dietary and lifestyle modifications, including a low-saturated fat, low-carbohydrate diet, and aerobic exercise. As additional supplementation, several nutrients and botanicals can be used to help maintain lipid metabolism and support the already normal cholesterol levels. The cholesterol fraction that appears to be of most concern is LDL cholesterol, and, in particular, oxidized LDL. Antioxidant supplementation can be beneficial for decreasing the oxidation of LDL.

    • supports cardiovascular health by helping maintain already normal cholesterol levels
    • contains naturally-occurring monacolins
    • coQ10 enhances antioxidant activity
    • made without preservatives, magnesium stearate, or other lubricants and diluents

    Choleast contains Monascus purpureus, a red-pigmented yeast grown on rice. Numerous studies in China and the United States have demonstrated that red yeast rice preparations are helpful in maintaining blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range. This is important, as maintaining optimal cholesterol levels has been shown to be one component of maintaining cardiovascular health.

    In addition to naturally occurring substances called monacolins, red yeast rice contains the phytosterols beta-sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol, as well as isoflavones and trace minerals, all of which can contribute to cardiovascular health.

    The same enzymes involved in cholesterol synthesis are also involved in the synthesis of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Thus, to help maintain normal levels of CoQ10, Choleast contains 15 mg CoQ10 per capsule.

    Red Yeast Rice, Monacolins, and Citrinin Content
    Red yeast rice is obtained by a specific process that ferments rice. One of the natural by-products of the rice fermentation process is citrinin, although usually the more sophisticated the fermentation process, the lower the amount of citrinin that is produced as a by-product. Citrinin is a mycotoxin. Because mycotoxins can cause inflammation and other injurious effects in the body, our practitioner-customers and their patients want the assurance that Thorne Research's red yeast rice product – Choleast – contains only minimal amounts of citrinin.

    In a study published in October 2010 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 12 red yeast rice products were analyzed for the content of monacolins and citrinin. The results of the analyses demonstrated a high variability of the content of both these substances.

    Although Thorne Research's Choleast was not included in the above-noted study, Thorne can confirm to their health-care practitioner customers that they take the utmost care to make certain they are offering the highest quality and purity red yeast rice formula. There are no government standards or guidelines for citrinin content in red yeast rice; however, the generally recognized standard in the industry is less than 1 part per million, and Thorne Research's Choleast regularly tests at less than 0.05 parts per million, which is less than 1/20th of that standard.

    In addition, Choleast contains consistent amounts of the naturally-occurring monacolins found in red yeast rice, without standardization or fortification. Thorne knows this because they measure all of their raw materials in order to be in compliance with their strict GMP obligations to determine each ingredient's identity, purity, strength, and composition.

    Thorne Research's Mission
    At Thorne Research, their mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people by providing superior dietary supplements that have the highest level of quality and purity – thereby creating the most respected and valued company in the dietary supplement industry.

    The Thorne Difference.
    For more than 25 years, Thorne has relentlessly pursued the highest possible quality and bioavailability in dietary supplements. At Thorne, they actually manufacture products that they sell – a key difference that allows Thorne to control every aspect of the manufacturing process and ensure that every Thorne product is in pure, completely hypoallergenic form, and without the common additives, flowing agents, and binders used throughout the industry.

    A few other companies have tried to do what Thorne does, and many others claim to have the same philosophy and quality, but nobody has been able to duplicate what Thorne's clients call "Thorne Quality." Thorne has changed the industry in many ways over the past two decades, and they continue to raise the bar and set new standards in product formulation, raw material purity, manufacturing, and quality control.

    Thorne's Commitment to Purity
    Practitioners have become accustomed to seeing the vague "We use only the purest ingredients" in the promotional materials of almost every dietary supplement company. Perhaps these companies truly believe that. Perhaps they don't know any better. Nevertheless, Thorne Research, for more than 25 years, has been the standard by which companies in the industry are judged for product purity. Practitioners rely on Thorne as the company they trust for their extremely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients.

    Purity Takes Extra Effort
    For example, instead of purchasing prediluted vitamin D, as other companies do, Thorne performs its own dilution to avoid detrimental ingredients, such as the preservatives or lactose that are found in many commercially available dilutions. Why must vitamin D be diluted? Because in its pure form, it is too concentrated to safely blend into a vitamin product. Pure vitamin D is 40 MILLION International Units (IU) per gram. The RDA for adults is 600-800 IU per day. To ensure proper mixing, it must be made into a dilute powder that flows and does not lose potency. So, unlike companies that use prediluted vitamin D that contains unacceptable excipients and preservatives, at Thorne, pure pharmaceutical vitamin D is first blended with pure mixed tocopherol vitamin E, and the resultant stable vitamin D is then blended with hypoallergenic cellulose powder. The final powder is blended in a large tumble blender and subsequently analyzed. Not only is the final product stable; it is also hypoallergenic and can be mixed homogeneously and at a safe level with other powders. Just as with vitamin D, Thorne utilizes similar processes for other raw materials, such as vitamin K, leaving it to other companies to purchase commercially available raw materials filled with unacceptable ingredients and preservatives.

    Ingredients You Don't Want
    Magnesium Stearate: Good for speed-hungry encapsulating machines. Not necessarily good for you. Manufacturing encapsulated dietary supplements isn't easy. Pure powdered ingredients are difficult to mix because they are either extremely dry, sticky with botanical oils, or attract unwanted moisture. So most manufacturers add magnesium stearate and other agents such as lactose and dextrose to make the powder flow quickly and easily through their high-volume machines. Problem is, these additives may compromise the bioavailability of the nutrients in the supplement, and might cause allergenic problems. At Thorne, they take a different approach.

    Thorne will never utilize large fatty acid excipients in its manufacturing processes – ingredients such as magnesium stearate or stearic acid. These excipients are utilized as flowing agents to ensure that maximum productivity is obtained from capsuling and tableting machines. There are documented detrimental effects directly attributed to long chain fatty acids utilized as manufacturing flowing agents. Every qualified pharmaceutical compounder recognizes that large fatty acids, such as magnesium stearate, can interfere with product dissolution and influence absorption. Virtually all companies, because of the economic impact, ignore this data. As with most industries, the bottom line dictates the level of quality. The dietary supplement industry has one exception: Thorne Research, the company that does not compromise. Nevertheless, if a company cannot manufacture products without using detrimental excipients, they should not allude to being either "hypoallergenic" or "pure."

    The Bottom Line?
    Thorne is the only hypoallergenic dietary supplement manufacturer with the highest degree of purity that you – and your most severely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients – can truly trust.

    Quality Ingredients: A Higher Standard
    At Thorne, they are committed to setting a higher standard of quality when it comes to ingredients. To produce their truly hypoallergenic encapsulated supplements, Thorne uses only the purest and finest ingredients available.

    Every manufacturer has two basic options when purchasing raw materials: purchase either truly pure raw materials, or purchase raw materials to which substances have been added to facilitate manufacturing. This fundamental dilemma translates to these very typical questions: "Do I purchase pure vitamin C or vitamin C with additives?" "Do I purchase pure B vitamins or coated B vitamins for taste masking?" "Do I purchase pure enzymes such as pancreatin, pepsin, and bromelain or enzymes diluted with lactose?"

    There are few commercial sources for vitamins B12, D, K, or biotin that are not diluted with substances such as lactose, cornstarch, and preservatives such as BHT. That's why Thorne developed methods that allow them to use pure, undiluted sources of these nutrients – and many others. It's just one more example that when it comes to quality, what everyone else accepts as an industry standard isn't good enough. While some companies say they are raising their standards....at Thorne they set them.

    Suggested Use
    Take 2-4 capsules two times daily or as recommended by your health-care practitioner.

    Warnings

    Store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.

    ALLERGY WARNINGS
    This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

    EXCIPIENT FREE
    This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, or magnesium, calcium, or vegetable stearates.

    PREGNANCY WARNING
    If pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive, do not use this product.

    INTERACTIONS/CONTRAINDICATIONS
    There are no known adverse interactions or contraindications at publication date.

    OTHER WARNINGS
    Red yeast rice can cause gastritis, abdominal discomfort, and elevated liver enzymes. It is possible that reactions similar to those caused by HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor drugs (statins) can be caused by red yeast; however, those adverse reactions have not been reported for red yeast rice extracts.

    This product may cause a temporary and harmless red coloring of the stool.

    Ingredients

    Thorne Research Choleast - 120 Vegetarian Capsules
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: Four Capsules
    Servings Per Container: 30
    Amount Per Serving %DV*
    Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpureus) 2400 mg *
    Coenzyme Q10 60 mg *
    *Daily Value Not Established.
    **Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
     

    Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine

    Contains ingredient derived from soy (red yeast rice).

    Hypoallergenic.

    About Thorne Research
    At Thorne Research, our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people by providing superior dietary supplements that have the highest level of quality and purity – thereby creating the most respected and valued company in the dietary supplement industry.
    P.O. Box 25
    Dover, ID, 83825
    Phone: 800-228-1966
    Fax: 800-747-1950
    http://www.thorne.com
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    Average Customer Rating: (4 out of 5)

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    5 of 5 (100%) of customers said they would recommend this product to a friend.
    • By Linda ( Newburyport, MA)
      4/15/2012 11:38:14 AM

      I recommend this product!
      Recommended by my doctor. I like that it includes some CoQ10, but I also supplement with additional CoQ10.
    • By Charlie ( Affton, MO)
      4/23/2012 4:05:09 PM

      I recommend this product!
      suggested by doctor
    • By Vicki ( Los Altos, CA)
      3/20/2013 5:02:57 PM

      I recommend this product!
      I took Choleast for 3 months and my total cholesterol dropped 70 points, LDL by 66 points. My doctor was floored by the results, as was I!
    • By Joan ( Minneapolis, MN)
      5/30/2013 11:59:41 AM

      I recommend this product!
      Ordered these to lower cholesterol in addition to diet changes. Worked well, reordered and were delivered promptly. Would recommend to a friend as well as continue ordering from Lucky Vitamin.
    • By Steve ( Redondo Beach, CA)
      9/4/2013 3:11:50 PM

      I recommend this product!
      Hoping this product will help reduce my cholesterol. Blood test soon..
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