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Specialty Formula - Cholesterol Complex with Plant Sterols Veg Tabs (120 Count)

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  • Heart Health – Cardiovascular Support
  • Quick Notes:

    • Scientifically formulated blend of Phytosterols and Policosanol; two potent natural compounds to support healthy cholesterol levels!
    • 950 mg of phytosterols..

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    Quick Notes:

    • Scientifically formulated blend of Phytosterols and Policosanol; two potent natural compounds to support healthy cholesterol levels!
    • 950 mg of phytosterols per serving in our Cholesterol Complex formula!
    • According to the US FDA, 400mg per serving of free phytosterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 800mg, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol!
    • Phytosterols may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to block the absorption of dietary cholesterol!
    • Provides 20 mg of policosanol, which contains over 50% octacosanol, a derivative of a wax from sugar cane plants, found to suppress lipid accumulation in fatty tissue and inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the blood stream!
    • Amount of octacosanol used is the same amount found beneficial in clinical studies in Cuba!
    • Cardiovascular support!
    • Potent antioxidants protect against damage from free radicals!
    • 100% Vegetarian!
       

    Overview:

    Cholesterol Complex with Plant Sterols is a high potency blend of some of the most effective cholesterol support products available today. We have combined policosanol, a supplement known for its cholesterol fighting properties, with natural plant sterols, another lipid-reducing compound. Small amounts of plant sterols are found in fruits and vegetables. Concentrated forms such as this formula, offer a greater benefit in supporting healthy cholesterol levels by binding to cholesterol and excreting it from the body. Policosanol, a derivative of sugar cane wax, works in similar fashion to rid the body of cholesterol.


    The FDA recently approved the following claim concerning phytosterols supplements:

    Dietary supplements or food containing at least 400mg per serving of free phytosterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 800mg, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol.


    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. The chance of developing heart disease can be reduced by controlling risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, and second hand smoke. Our Cholesterol Complex formula contains phytosterols, or plant sterols, to help counteract these risk factors. Some studies concluded that trial participants who consumed 2 grams of phytosterols daily could slash the risk of heart disease by as much as 25%!


    According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
     

        • About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1
        • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.1
        • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually.
        • Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 190,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.2
        • Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.3 This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.


    The best way to combat heart disease is a healthy lifestyle that includes proper diet, complete nutrition, and exercise. Unfortunately, many people’s diets lack some of these crucial factors for proper heart health. Supplements such as EverLife’s Heart-Cholesterol Support can improve one’s ability to control the risks of heart disease!
     

    Research Indicates:

      • May reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol
      • May offer cholesterol support

    Ingredients

    Corowise

    Octacosanol

    Phytosterols

    Plant Sterols

    Policosanol

    Suggested Use: Take two tablets twice daily with a glass of water before meals. For best results, take this product up to 15 minutes before eating a meal.

    Storage: Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings:

    This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.

    Interactions:

    • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    • This product contains multiple ingredients. Please refer to the individual vitamin or mineral product page for interaction information. Always consult with your primary care professional before taking any supplement product.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.

    Disclaimer:

    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    THANKS!
    1. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: final data for 2009. [PDF-2M] National vital statistics reports. 2011;60(3).

    2. Heidenreich PA, Trogdon JG, Khavjou OA, et al. Forecasting the future of cardiovascular disease in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2011;123:933-44. Epub 2011 Jan 24.

    Phytosterols:



    1. Micallef MA, Garg ML. The lipid-lowering effects of phytosterols and (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids are synergistic and complementary in hyperlipidemic men and women. J Nutr. 2008;138:1086-1090.

    2. Castro Cabezas M, de Vries JH, Van Oostrom AJ, et al. Effects of a stanol-enriched diet on plasma cholesterol and triglycerides in patients treated with statins. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106:1564-1569.

    3. Woodgate D, Chan CH, Conquer JA. Cholesterol-lowering ability of a phytostanol softgel supplement in adults with mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia. Lipids.

    4. O'Neill FH, Sanders TA, Thompson GR, et al. Comparison of Efficacy of Plant Stanol Ester and Sterol Ester: Short-Term and Longer-Term Studies. Am J Cardiol.2005;96:29-36.

    5. Katan MB, Grundy SM, Jones P, et al. Efficacy and safety of plant stanols and sterols in the management of blood cholesterol levels. Mayo Clin Proc. 2003;78:965-980.

    6. Amundsen AL, Ose L, Nenseter MS, et al. Plant sterol ester-enriched spread lowers plasma total and LDL cholesterol in children with familial hypercholesterolemia.Am J Clin Nutr. 2002;76:338-344.

    7. Blair SN, Capuzzi DM, Gottlieb SO, et al. Incremental reduction of serum total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with the addition of plant stanol ester-containing spread to statin therapy. Am J Cardiol. 2000;86:46-52.

    8. Blair SN, Capuzzi DM, Gottlieb SO, et al. Incremental reduction of serum total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol with the addition of plant stanol ester-containing spread to statin therapy. Am J Cardiol. 2000;86:46-52.

    9. Plat J, van Onselen EN, van Heugten MM, et al. Effects on serum lipids, lipoproteins and fat soluble antioxidant concentrations of consumption frequency of margarines and shortenings enriched with plant stanol esters. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2000; 54:671-677.

    10. Nguyen TT, Dale LV, von Bergmann K, et al. Cholesterol-lowering effect of stanol ester in a US population of mildly hypercholesterolemic men and women: a randomized controlled trial. Mayo Clin Proc. 1999;74:1198-2206.

    11. Nguyen TT. The cholesterol-lowering action of plant stanol esters. J Nutr. 1999;129:2109-2112.

    12. Gylling H, Miettinen TA. Cholesterol reduction by different plant stanol mixtures and with variable fat intake. Metabolism. 1999;48:575-580.

    13. Hallikainen MA, Sarkkinen ES, Uusitupa MI. Effects of low-fat stanol ester enriched margarines on concentrations of serum carotenoids in subjects with elevated serum cholesterol concentrations. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1999;53:966-969.

    14. Nguyen TT. The cholesterol-lowering action of plant stanol esters. J Nutr. 1999;129:2109-2112.

    15. Gylling H, Miettinen TA. Cholesterol reduction by different plant stanol mixtures and with variable fat intake. Metabolism. 1999;48:575-580.

    16. Gylling H, Siimes MA, Miettinen TA. Sitostanol ester margarine in dietary treatment of children with familial hypercholesterolemia. J Lipid Res. 1995;36:1807-1812.

    17. Miettinen TA, Puska P, Gylling H, et al. Reduction of serum cholesterol with sitostanol-ester margarine in a mildly hypercholesterolemic population. N Engl J Med.1995;333:1308-1312.

    18. Miettinen TA, Puska P, Gylling H, et al. Reduction of serum cholesterol with sitostanol-ester margarine in a mildly hypercholesterolemic population. N Engl J Med.1995;333:1308-1312.

    19. Gylling H, Miettinen TA. Serum cholesterol and cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism in hypercholesterolaemic NIDDM patients before and during sitostanol ester-margarine treatment. Diabetologia. 1994;37:773-780.

    20. Vanhanen HT, Blomqvist S, Ehnholm C, et al. Serum cholesterol, cholesterol precursors, and plant sterols in hypercholesterolemic subjects with different apoE phenotypes during dietary sitostanol ester treatment. J Lipid Res. 1993;34:1535-1544.

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions - Specialty Products

    • What is Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer?

      Phase 2™ is an amazing, non-stimulant, all-natural nutritional ingredient that is derived from the white kidney bean. It is the first nutritional ingredient that has been clinically and scientifically proven to neutralize starch, which is found in common foods such as potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, corn and crackers.

       

      Phase 2™ is a safe yet powerful nutritional ingredient, clinically studied for its role in reducing the absorption of starch calories. Phase 2™ helps you to enjoy those foods that you love and to participate in special meals containing quantities of starches in excess of your nutritional goals.

    • What role do starchy foods play in weight management?

      During the digestive process, your body converts carbohydrates found in starchy foods (such as potatoes and pasta) into sugars. It digests these starchy carbohydrates with alpha amylase, an enzyme that is produced by the pancreas.

       

      These sugar calories are then used by the body for fuel, with the excess sugar stored for future use, often as fat. Unfortunately, an imbalance between calories eaten and calories burned means that these stored fat supplies can accumulate in the body.

       

    • How does Phase 2® in Calorie Quencher® block starch from being absorbed in the body?

      Phase 2® has been shown to bind with the starch digestion enzyme alpha amylase, neutralizing starch calories and preventing them from turning into glucose (sugar) in the body.

       

    • When should I take Phase 2™?

      Recent research has shown the most optimum time to take Phase 2™ is just before a starch-rich meal, along with 8 oz. of water. However, the studies also showed that Phase 2™ could still provide some of its starch "neutralizing" benefits when taken during, or just after, a starchy meal. One study showed that Phase 2™ is also effective if the capsules are opened and the contents sprinkled right onto food.

       

    • Do we lose nutrients from foods when we take Calorie Quencher®?

      The LipoSan Ultra® in this product is a fat binder so it reduces the amount of fat transported from the small intestine into the blood stream; therefore fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) in foods could have reduced transport from the small intestine into the blood due to less fat to accompany them. This would be true for fat soluble nutrients coming from supplements as well, so it is best to take multi-vitamins separate from Calorie Quencher. The risk of a nutrient deficiency occurring from Calorie Quencher is negligible if the overall diet is plentiful in nutrients and the product is taken as recommended

       

    • Does Phase 2™ cause any toxic side effects?

      A dose equivalent to 74 grams taken daily for 90 days by a 165 lb. person showed no signs of toxicity. Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., announced that a Chronic Toxicity Study (L.D. 50) demonstrated that Phase 2™ Starch Neutralizer™, the first standardized white bean extract used in a variety of healthy weight management supplements, is safe and non-toxic.

       

      “Phase 2™ showed no signs of chronic toxicity at doses up to 1.0 gm per kg of body weight for up to 90 days,” said Ramadasan Kuttan, Ph.D., director, Amala Cancer Research Center, Thrissur, India, who conducted the study along with R. C. Srimal, M.D. “The data indicates that administration of Phase 2™ for 90 days did not produce any adverse reaction…” (as determined from a number of different measurements, such as organ weight, necropsy, hematological and biochemical values).

       

    • Does Calorie Quencher® have any side effects?

      Studies show that the side effects of these non-stimulatory ingredients are minimal and most often limited to problems such as gastric irritation, which is often due to taking too high of a dosage. We add fennel seed to our product to minimize gastric irritation naturally.

       

      It is important to note that fat and carbohydrate binding products like Calorie Quencher® should only be taken with meals that are high in carbohydrates and fat and should not be taken with more than two meals per day. It is suggested that multiple vitamins and other dietary supplements be taken at separate meals to decrease the risk of a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency while consuming these types of diet helpers. It should also be stressed that in order to achieve long lasting weight loss, in addition to supplementation, one must improve daily dietary and lifestyle factors.

    • Are there any human studies that prove Phase 2 ™ effectiveness?

      Yes. Human studies indicate that this natural compound has the ability to inhibit starches found in foods from being broken down to simple sugar. This amylase-inhibiting effect causes most starches to pass through the GI tract undigested, thus causing a smaller increase in blood glucose levels within 15 to 80 minutes following the intake of starchy foods. The following describes one of the studies performed on Phase 2.

    • How many grams of fat will be absorbed by a serving size of Chitosan?

      As with many dietary supplements, different people will experience different results depending on a number of factors, including body type, metabolism, and diet. We use the Liposan Ultra brand of Chitosan because studies show that Liposan Ultra binds several times more dietary fat than other leading chitosan brands. In vitro, Liposan Ultra was shown to absorb up to 88 grams of fat, but this doesn't mean it will necessarily have the same effect when ingested by humans. Studies are ongoing.

    • Can I take Chitosan with prescription medications or other supplements, and are there any side effects?

      Since Chitosan binds to fat in the stomach, it is advisable to take it 3-4 hours prior to the ingestion of fat soluble medications or nutrients. If Chitosan is used simultaneously with certain medications, it may block the desired effects of that medication.

      Check with your doctor before mixing Chitosan with prescription medications. If you have questions about taking Chitosan with dietary supplements, check with a certified nutritionist or your local health food store. There are no known side effects associated with Chitosan supplementation.

    • How does Policosanol support heart and cardiovascular health?

      Policosanol can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol production in the liver and increasing the breakdown of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol. It also decreases the stickiness of particles in the blood known as platelets, which might help reduce blood clots.

       

    • What is the alcohol breakdown of Policosanol and where is it sourced?

      Our policosanol contains at least 50% octacosanol, a derivative of sugar cane wax grown in the Suzhoo province of China. It also contains eight other high primary aliphatic alcohols that are included in policosanol as follows:

      - Triacontanol .15-30%
      - Hexacosanol .10-20%
      - Dotriacontanol.0.5-5%
      - Tetracosanol .0.5-5%
      - Heptacosanol.<5%
      - Nonacosanol.<5%
      - Hentriacontanol.<2%

    • How is Policosanol effective without lowering levels of CoQ10?

      The main problem with many cholesterol drugs is that when taken over a long period of time, they begin to lower levels of the important co-enzyme CoQ10. Policosanol has a similar mechanism of action to these drugs without lowering CoQ10 levels.

      Many drugs inhibit the expression of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which is a catalyst in the production of mevalonic acid. Mevalonic acid is then processed by the liver and transformed into cholesterol. So, it would reason, the less HMG-CoA reductase in one’s system, the less mevalonic acid and, hence, less cholesterol. But it is not so simple. HMG-CoA reductase should not be completely eliminated in order to lower cholesterol. Low levels are beneficial to a point, and then can become counterproductive.

      HMG-CoA reductase is also used in the formation of farnesyl diphosphate or FPP.FPP, though used in squalene, another cholesterol precursor, is also used in production of CoQ10.Not enough FPP, and not enough CoQ10 will be produced. This is why some drugs which inhibit HMG-CoA reductase expression have the nasty side effect of lowered CoQ10 levels. Policosanol, on the other hand, inhibits expression by only about 50%, which is not enough to significantly affect production of FPP

    • What are plant sterols?

      Plant sterols (also called phytosterols) are plant lipids present in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Structurally, they are similar to cholesterol except at one position on the sterol side chain. It is thought that phytosterols reduce cholesterol by displacing cholesterol from micelles in the body, thus inhibiting cholesterol absorption.

    • How do Corowise™ plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex impact cholesterol?

      In terms of their molecular structure, plant sterols “look” a lot like cholesterol. When taken before a meal these plant sterols compete with cholesterol during digestion so the body absorbs less dietary cholesterol. The overall effect in clinical studies on Corowise™ has been an average LDL (“bad”) reduction of 8 – 15% with no known adverse side effects.

       

    • What is the breakdown of sterols in the plant sterols in Cholesterol Complex?

      Roughly 40-58% of the sterols consist of sitosterol, 20-28% as camposterol, and 14-23% as stigmasterol

    • Do I need to take another multi, if I’m taking Hair, Skin & Nails Multi?

      Our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi is based on our best-selling Basic Multi® which is a great foundation for nutrition needs. However, in addition to basic nutrients, our Hair, Skin & Nails Multi has added specialty antioxidants for skin and overall cellular health. It also contains silica, MSM and amino acids for collagen support. Collagen is responsible for skin’s resiliency and elasticity, but its production slows as we age.

    • Are your Melatonin products natural or synthetic?

      We use synthetic sources of melatonin. According to the 2001 Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, “melatonin supplements derived from animals [i.e. natural] should be avoided.”

    • What is Bio-Shield Technology™?

      The Bio-Shield Technology™ process not only delivers nutrients exactly where they need to go over a sustained period of time, but also enhances the absorption of the bioactives. Technically speaking, the Bio-Shield Technology™ process is a natural coating that is used to facilitate the absorption of the intact bioavailable anthocyanins and proanthocyanins. This all-natural matrix protects these active ingredients of the fruit by delivering them past the stomach acids and prolonging their stability. Because the Bio-Shield Technology™ product is derived totally from a natural fruit base, it is able to limit the rate of acid degradation of the bioactives while simultaneously assisting with their absorption.

    • What is the source of your lutein?

      Lutein used in all of our products is derived from marigold flowers — they are a source naturally high in lutein

    • What is Lutein?

      Lutein and Zeaxanthin are the only two carotenoids concentrated in the macula of the human eye. The macula is a collection of cells in the back of the eye that convert light into signals the brain can understand. Clinical and animal data indicate that these carotenoids could protect the macula from oxidative or light damage. Epidemiological data has shown that high levels of dietary Lutein and Zeaxanthin intake have been associated with a reduced risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (the number one cause of blindness in North America).

    • What are carotenoids?

      Carotenoids are a family of phytochemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables and leafy green plants. They provide the bright yellow, orange and red pigments to the fruits and vegetables we eat. Of more than 600 known carotenoids in nature, only about 20 are found in human plasma and tissues. The principal carotenoids found in humans are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Researchers are currently studying the many health benefits of these compounds

    • What do lutein and zeaxanthin do?

      The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, concentrate in the macular area of the eye and can protect against oxidative stress.

       

    • If zeaxanthin makes up a large part of the macula, why is it not included in all of your products?

      Though zeaxanthin is a large part of the macula, it is not necessary to consume large amounts of it so long as you consume enough lutein. Our lutein product does contain a small amount of zeaxanthin, but since lutein can be processed into zeaxanthin after consumption, that ingredient has been omitted from the other two products. Most people do not suffer from a zeaxanthin deficiency, but sufficient lutein intake is crucial to maintaining proper levels.

    • How much spinach would I have to eat to get 6 mg of lutein?

      About 2 cups of raw spinach would supply 6 mg of lutein.

    • What is the source of lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein?

      The lutein in Ocu Complete® with Lutein comes from marigold flowers.

    • In Ocu Complete® with Lutein, how many milligrams of lutein does 10,000 mcg equal?

      There is 10 mg of lutein in 10,000 mcg.

    • Why is your Lutein softgel expensive?

      Lutein used in our products containing FloraGLO® and LuteMax™ 2020 are in the ester-free form. Ester-free may be better absorbed and utilized by the body compared with other brands’ ester form which requires an additional step by the body to break it down and deliver it to necessary tissue. In the human eye lutein is present in the free form. In marigold flowers it is present in the ester form. If you give the body lutein in free form, it gets deposited to the macula of the eye. If you consume lutein in the ester form the body hydrolyzes (or de-esterifies) it, removing the fatty acid attached to the lutein, and then delivers the free form to the eye. Thus, it is easier to give the body the form of lutein it uses. Lutein esters may offer benefit, but it requires the body do more work since it has to convert the ester form to the ester-free form.

    • How much caffeine is in a serving of Green Coffee Bean?

      Very little. There is less than 20 mg of caffeine per capsule. By comparison, a cup of coffee contains 95 mg.

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