Cholesterol is a fatty substance made by the liver and found in all parts of the human body. The body used cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D and bile acids involved in fat digestion. It takes only a small amount of cholesterol in the blood to meet these needs and the liver makes all the cholesterol the body requires.
Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream attached to proteins, forming complexes called lipoproteins. There are two major types of lipoprotein: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) commonly known as bad cholesterol and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) usually called good cholesterol. The ideal profile is low LDL cholesterol, high HDL cholesterol and a moderate total of both.
Many people can lower their blood cholesterol by changing their diet, loosing excess weight and exercising more. Unfortunately, many people also require assistance due to their genetic ability to manufacture more than what is needed. Along with proper diet and exercise, the safe use of supplements may have beneficial effects on heart health. The major supplements that have excellent data to support these effects are: red yeast rice, policosanol, pantethine and plant sterols. Bluebonnet's CholesteRice Red Rice Complex VCaps provide these complementary and synergistic ingredients at significant levels along with natural, trans-isomer CoQ10.
Red yeast rice is the product of rice fermentation with various strains of the yeast Monascus purpureus. Red yeast rice has been used for centuries in China in foods and medicines. In addition to natural pigments, red yeast rice contains starched, fatty acids, plant sterols (beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol) and isoflavones.
Plant sterols (commonly called phytosterols ) are chemically similar to cholesterol. Plant sterols may inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol and the reabsorption of cholesterol from the gastrointestinal tract. Plant sterols are believed to displace cholesterol from bile salt micelles, a prerequisite for absorption of cholesterol. Bluebonnet's CholesteRice Vcaps contains plant sterols from non-genetically engineered sources.
Policonsanol is the generic term used for a mixture of long-chain alcohols derived from the waxes of such plants as sugar cane. These long-chain alcohols or fatty alcohols, which include octaconsanol, are solid waxy substances and are soluble in water. Some studies suggest that policosanol may inhibit cholesterol syntheses in the liver. The policosanol in Bluebonnet's CholesteRice Red Yeast Rice Vcaps is derived from highly researched sugar cane wax as opposed to beeswax.
Pantethine is a double molecule of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), connected with a sulfide bond. Pantethine is created in small amounts by the body during pantothenic acid metabolism. Pantethine stays in the bloodstream for up to 16 hours supporting energy and lipid metabolism.
CoQ10 (ubiqunone) helps to transform food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), in the body's energy source. It is widely known that the use of inhibitors (statins) used to treat elevated cholesterol levels results in the reduction of CoQ10 at the cellular level, therefore, COQ10 supplementation is necessary. The CoQ10 in Bluebonnet's CholesteRice Red Yeast Rice Complex VCaps is 100% natural (trans-isomer) yeast fermented CoQ10 which is identical to the body's own CoQ10.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take two (2) capsules once daily or as directed by your health care practitioner.
Warnings: Do not use this product, if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding. If taking prescription medication, speak to your physician before use.