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Choleast Red Yeast Rice - 120 CapsulesThorne Research

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Thorne Research - Choleast Red Yeast Rice - 120 Capsules

Thorne Research Choleast Red Yeast Rice Supports a Healthy Heart
In order to protect your heart and properly manage your cholesterol, it is important to focus on the right dietary and lifestyle changes. Since heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, many people struggle with finding the right solutions. Thorne Research’s Choleast Red Yeast Rice may be able to help with maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Scientific research has revealed that taking red yeast supplements regularly can help to lower “bad” cholesterol levels (also known as LDL cholesterol) and support a healthy cardiovascular system. Choleast Red Yeast Rice also include coenzyme Q10 (also known as CoQ10), another heart-happy ingredient meant to keep you feeling your best.

    What About Red Yeast Rice Monacolin Content?
    The red yeast rice monacolin content is what makes it so popular for supporting a healthy and functional cardiovascular system. Red yeast rice is said to contain a compound known as monacolin K. This is the same ingredient found in a number of popular cholesterol-lowering medications. According to research, monacolin k may be able to reduce LDL cholesterol and possibly reduce the risk of heart disease and complications like heart attacks and strokes. As with any medication, be sure to talk with your doctor before taking any new supplements.

    Red Yeast Rice and Metabolic Syndrome
    Heart disease is often lumped with other health conditions under the umbrella term of metabolic syndrome. Essentially, metabolic syndrome can increase your likelihood of conditions like heart disease. One is likely to have this syndrome when he or she has excessive body fat, high blood pressure, or increase levels of blood sugar. Though the research is somewhat limited, some studies have suggested that regularly taking rid yeast rice supplements might be able to lower a person’s risk of these conditions.

    Are There Red Yeast Rice Side Effects?
    As with all supplements, it is important to look into side effects to make sure you get the right red yeast rice dosage and also are taking a dietary supplement that is correct for your needs. The most common side effects for red yeast rice are gastrointestinal. These issues are minor and include stomach pain, bloating and excessive gas. If you experience any of these after taking the supplement, be sure to contact a doctor and learn about whether or not you might need a different dosage. Staying mindful of side effects is the best way to discover a supplement that will help you achieve your wellness goals.

    Thorne Research’s Commitment to Quality
    For over 25 years, Thorne Research has been dedicated to formulating and delivering the best, most bioavailable supplements. Thorne is able to achieve this by maintaining strict control over every part of the manufacturing process. This allows the company to ensure no unnecessary additives or binders are used in formulating each cutting-edge supplement. Loyal customers have come to use the term “Thorne Quality” when referring to the top-notch supplements and research-driven products offered by this industry-leading brand over the last two decades.

    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.

    Choleast Benefits:

    • Heart Support
    • Vessel Support
    • Gluten-Free

    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 Thorne they set them.


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


    Thorne Research - Choleast Red Yeast Rice - 120 Capsules
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size: One Capsule
    Servings Per Container: 120
    Amount Per Serving %DV*
    Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpureus) 600 mg *
    Coenzyme Q10 15 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 (rice).

    Tamper Evident: Use only if bottle is sealed. Store tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.

    Warning: If pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive, do not use this product.


    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.

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    100% 5 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    By (Affton, MO)

    suggested by doctor

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    By (Los Altos, CA)

    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!

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    By (Berkeley, CA)

    Within 3 months of taking 4 capsules/day, my cholesterol dropped to a normal level. Though I'm quite sensitive, I've experienced no side effects from this supplement. My practitioner told me this was the only formulation he recommends because it includes CoQ10, which is necessary to prevent liver problems from the red rice yeast.

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    By (Newburyport, MA)

    Recommended by my doctor. I like that it includes some CoQ10, but I also supplement with additional CoQ10.

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    By (Redondo Beach, CA)

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

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