For Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol and Homocysteine Levels
CHOLESS-STEROL™ contains B-Vitamins (Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B-12) plus Cholestatin® and Guggul Extract to help maintain healthy cholesterol and homocysteine levels. These nutrients work synergistically to promote healthy cardiovascular function. CHOLESS-STEROL™ is free of sugar, starch, yeast, salt, wheat, corn, milk, preservatives, and artificial colors-flavors-dyes.
Four Capsules of CHOLESS-STEROL™ supply:
Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine HCl) – 50 mg
Folate (folic acid) – 800 mcg
Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin) – 500 mcg
Inadequate intakes of Folic Acid, Vitamin B-6 or Vitamin B-12 can lead to elevated blood concentrations of homocysteine (an intermediate in the conversion of the amino acid methionine to cysteine), which at high levels is thought to cause vascular damage and promote accumulation of fatty deposits in the inner linings of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Researchers believe that homocysteine acts by directly damaging the artery, by reducing the integrity of the vessel wall, and by interfering with the formation of collagen.
Folic Acid is required for the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Enzymes containing cofactors Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin B-12 are also necessary for this conversion. An adequate intake of all three of these B-Vitamins is considered to be the best approach for maintaining healthy homocysteine levels.
Cholestatin ® (Plant Sterols) – 1200 mg in 4 capsules.
The Plant Sterols (Beta-Sitosterol, Campesterol and Stigmasterol) in CHOLESS-STEROL™ naturally combine with dietary cholesterol and secreted cholesterol (from bile) in the intestine to form a complex which is excreted and therefore not absorbed by the body. Derived from vegetable oil (without saturated fat, trans-fatty acids, or calories), these Plant Sterols may also compete for cholesterol’s absorption sites along the intestinal wall, thereby blocking its absorption.
Animal products such as meat, cheese, milk, and butter contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is also synthesized in the body. Numerous clinical trials have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of Plant Sterols in reducing the absorption of cholesterol (from dietary and endogenous sources) in the intestine resulting in a reduction of LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) in the bloodstream without affecting HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). An elevated blood cholesterol level is a well-established risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD). Excess LDL cholesterol in the blood can contribute to the formation of plaque in arterial walls which can obstruct efficient blood circulation.
Guggul Extract (standardized) – 333.3 mg in 4 capsules.
Guggul Extract from the mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), native to India, contains guggul lipids (active components: Z-guggulsterone and E-guggulsterone), which have been clinically shown to lower both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Natural and without side effects, Guggul Extract is believed to act by increasing the liver’s metabolism of LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”). Researchers believe that guggul lipids may be useful in the prevention of atherosclerosis as well as the regression of preexisting atherosclerotic plaques. Guggul is used in Ayurvedic medicine for preventing atherosclerosis and is an approved treatment of hyerlipidemia in India.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.