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Thorne Research, Choleast, 120 Veggie Caps

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  • Product Code: THR-75104
  • UPC Code: 693749751045
  • Package Quantity: 120 Veggie Caps
  • Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.6 x 5 in, 0.3 lbs (0.14 kg)

Product Overview

  • Dietary Supplement
  • Hypoallergenic

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 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.

Suggested Use

As recommended by your health-care practitioner.

Other Ingredients

Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, leucine.

Contains ingredients derived from soy (rice).


Tamper Evident: Use only if bottle is sealed.

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

Store tightly sealed in cool, dry place.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: One Capsule
Four Capsules Contain: Amount Per Serving % DV
Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpureus) 600 mg *
Coenzyme Q10 15 mg *
*Daily Value (DV) not established.

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Unsucessful Introduction.

Posted by 4939068616478644651 on Aug 26, 2012

My Wife was involved in a near fatal RTA in 1963. She now has a VERY highly permeable blood brain barrier.Bought this product to see if the Statin could help reduce this permeabilty. Trial introduction Abandoned due to central nervous system side effects after 48 Hrs. Statins have been reported as being effective against BBB dysfunction sadly my Wife's BBB is Too compromised. My studies have been extensive and research clearly suggests that Red Rice Yeast/ statin may well be effective in reducing BBB permeability in MS situations. If you choose to go down this route may I also suggest a combined Magnesium, Calcium and Boron Supplement at RDA. Calcium in it's ionic form is a central pillar of normal BBB funtionality, and often lacking Post Menopause. God Bless.

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8 people found the following review helpful

Quality product

Posted by Reviewer2186886 on Nov 14, 2011

This is the same product that is sold by my naturopath and I save a few dollars by purchasing it through IHerb. I have found it to be effective- lowering my total cholesterol from 280 to 190 over a years time.

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4 people found the following review helpful

Could not live without.

Posted by Reviewer2296928 on Mar 22, 2011

I love this product. It truly works. Took my cholesterol from 398 to 160 in 6 weeks. Love, Love.

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3 people found the following review helpful

Statin drugs are risky and unnecessary

Posted by Reviewer1067375 on Jan 26, 2011

I have taken Choleast by Thorne since 2003. It has helped tremendously in keeping my otherwise high total cholesterol at reasonable levels. For my body, this product reduces my LDL without reducing my HDL and that gives me a good ratio. It also helps keep LDL particles large and buoyant instead of small and dense. Small and dense particles gives greater capacity to lodge in vessels and collectively become plaque. I also appreciate that Thorne Research has added CoQ10 to their product. This is not the case with many other red yeast rice products on the market. Red Yeast Rice (and pharma statin drugs) are documented for depleting CoQ10 in the body so if one takes a red yeast rice product without CoQ10, one should supplement.

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5 people found the following review helpful


Posted by Reviewer1847327 on Dec 04, 2010

Bought my cholesterol down to healthy range and dcotor is very happy with the results.

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