Low density lipoprotein control & Optimal ratio support
Just what is cholesterol?
An integral part of your body: Cholesterol is a lipid, a fat-like substance produced by the liver that is necessary for the construction of cell membranes and nerve fiber insulation. As well, cholesterol is used for the metabolism and transport of fatty acids, and in the production of vitamin D and hormones such as testosterone, as well as bile acids used to digest fats. Though synthesized by the liver, cholesterol can also be found in many foods such as egg yolk and most poultry and animal products. Though often not realized, vegetable oils and shortenings in fact naturally do not contain any cholesterol.
Too much of a good thing: Though needed, only a small amount of cholesterol is required by your body to fulfill its appointed tasks. Excess amounts have nowhere to go and are thus deposited in the arteries. This is where complications can arise. As cholesterol is deposited in the arteries, clean passageways for blood become clogged, and vital organs such as the heart can become starved for nutrients. This can lead to conditions of heart disease and other complications.
The heart starves for oxygen: As arteries become clogged with cholesterol, a condition known as atherosclerosis occurs where an insufficient amount of blood is pumped to the heart. In moderately severe cases, you may experience this as chest pains or angina. As the arteries become clogged, hard plaque can form, further blocking the passage of blood. In some cases, this plaque can tear, causing a rupture in the arteries; these ruptures are met by a flood of white blood cells seeking to “patch” the damaged tissue, further exacerbating the situation. In severe cases, this sudden clog can result in a heart attack.
In fact, a direct link between high blood cholesterol and coronary heart disease has been confirmed by the Lipid Research Clinics — Coronary Primary Prevention Trial (1984), which showed that lowering total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels significantly reduce heart disease.
Friend or foe?
There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL is responsible for the clogging of the arteries. On the other hand, HDL is considered to be beneficial: HDL carries excess LDL away from the arteries and to the liver, where it is promptly dealt with.
Properly balancing your HDL-to-LDL ratio will allow you to manage your cholesterol, keeping your heart healthy. Live a healthier life, all the while reducing your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Cholest — A natural approach
Optimized cholesterol levels: The primary active components, including eugenol, ursolic acid, and rosemarinic acid, help regulate stress-related hypertension and calm the central nervous system.
Lowering levels of LDL and optimizing the HDL-to-LDL ratio is a good step toward minimizing the risk of coronary heart disease. Vitazan Professional’s Cholest formulation is a select group of nutraceuticals and nutrients that accomplish both of these tasks.
A plant native to India and Arabia, guggul is a gummy yellowish resin of the mukul myrrh tree Commiphora mukul. The active ingredients in guggul, guggulsterone Z and E, are believed to be responsible for the positive effects of guggul on both high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
Clinical studies on guggul showed that supplementation during a 4–12-week period decreased total cholesterol levels by 14–27%, LDL cholesterol levels by 25–35%, and triglyceride levels by 22–30%. Beneficial HDL cholesterol increased by 16–20% during this same time.
The positive thing about guggulipids is that unlike synthetic cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), guggulipids have no negative side effects. As animal studies indicate, guggulipids are a safe, non-toxic method of lowering cholesterol levels. Gugulipids work by increasing the rate at which the liver metabolizes LDL cholesterol and by helping to clear cholesterol away from the arteries and veins. Gugulipids also help revitalize the heart, strengthening heart muscles and nerves.
Vitazan Professional’s beta-sitosterols are the only known non-GMO–sourced soya-bean beta-sitosterols. beta-Sitosterols are plant alcohols with beneficial characteristics for human beings. Our blend of sterols consists of beta-sitosterols, campesterol, stigmasterol, brassicasterols, delta-5-avenastenols, delta-5,24-avenastenols, delta-7-estigmastenols, and delta-7-avenastenols.
Studies indicate that the use of sterols lowers high cholesterol levels. Sixteen recent studies involving 590 people with high cholesterol demonstrated that the use of sterols from plants can reduce total cholesterol by an average of 15%. In these same studies, undesired LDL cholesterol diminished by an average of 15%. beta-Sitosterols are not one-hit wonders; they also help reduce atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow.
The usefulness of plant sterols includes not only the reduction of cholesterol and the treatment of atherosclerosis, but also the inhibition of breast tumors, benign prostatic hyperplasia, the development of ulcers, as well as an overall modulation of the immune system.
Red yeast rice 1.5%
A traditional Chinese creation, red yeast rice is the result of a fermentation process where rice is used as a growing medium for monascus yeast (Monascus purpureus). A red tint appears in the rice during the fermentation process, and it is this tint which has been used for thousands of years in Asian cooking as a food coloring and spice.
The active ingredient in this red yeast, lovastatin, is considered an effective cholesterol-lowering agent. Red yeast rice also contains unsaturated fatty acids, which support the reduction of high serum lipid levels. A clinical study from 1999 demonstrated that after an 8-week treatment using red yeast, patients saw their serum cholesterol levels go down by 23% and triglyceride levels by 36.5%. At the same time, positive HDL cholesterol were lowered by only 19.6%.
Green tea 50%
The oxidation of cholesterol can result in the production of toxic compounds that damage the arterial walls. This can lead to arterial complications; enter green tea. The polyphenols in green tea are powerful antioxidants. A study at the Monash University of Australia in 1997 showed that beyond their cancer-preventative properties, green tea extracts surpass even vitamin C in their prevention of LDL-cholesterol oxidation.
Total Cholesterol Balance
The use of Vitazan Professional’s Cholest helps you lower your cholesterol levels beyond anything that could have been achieved simply through a reduction in animal fat intake. Our select group of nutraceuticals allows your body to naturally and effectively lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, all the while maintaining an optimal ratio of “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Of course, your healthcare practitioner is in the best position to direct what kind of lifestyle changes are also needed in order to correct imbalances in your cholesterol levels. Using Vitazan Professional’s Cholest formulation will help set you on the path to cholesterol balance.
Adults: Take 2 softgels twice daily with food or as directed by your health care practitioner.
This product contains red yeast, and may cause allergic reactions, rashes, hives, irritability, etc. If this occurs, discontinue treatment. Do not mix with other cholesterol-reducing medications before consulting your healthcare practitioner.