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Did You Know... Cho-Less™

Did you know that Natura’s Cho-Less™ is more than just red yeast rice?

Cho-less™ is a multi-ingredient formulation which features specially selected ingredients that work together to promote healthy lipid metabolism and cardiovascular function.  Along with red yeast rice, Cho-Less™ contains artichoke leaf, pantethine, guggul, niacin, beta-sitosterol and policosanol. These 6 additional ingredients are crucial components of the formula and are largely responsible for its wide range of cardiovascular benefits.  Let’s take a closer look at one of these featured ingredients, a premium quality extract of the botanical guggul (Commiphora mukul).

Resin from the Mukul Myrrh Tree Resin from the Mukul Myrrh Tree

History

Guggul extract, also known as Bdellium, is derived from the mukul myrrh tree, a small thorny plant that grows from northern Africa to central Asia, though it is most common to northern India. The tree exudes a sticky yellow aromatic resin from its stems. This resin has been utilized in India’s traditional medical system of Ayurveda for thousands of years to treat a variety of conditions. Classic Ayurvedic texts detail the resin’s usefulness for treating obesity and “blood fat disorders”, including “coating and obstruction of channels”. Guggul’s name in Sanskrit means “one that protects against diseases”, a display of the great reverence held for this herb.

How It Works

Most of the research on guggul has taken place in India, where it is one of the most common treatments for lipid disorders.  It was found that guggul contains a group of compounds known as guggulsterones. These compounds have displayed the ability to help support healthy lipid metabolism and are believed to work by two distinctive mechanisms. They encourage bile production, which is required for the proper digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the lower intestines. They also promote healthy thyroid function, which supports the liver’s ability to process, metabolize and excrete cholesterol.

Potency

When purchasing guggul products, it is vital that the extract be assessed for proper potency. The active constituents responsible for the cardiovascular health benefits of the plant are the aforementioned guggulsterones, with guggulsterone E and guggulsterone Z being considered the most active of the group. Cho-less™ features Gugulipid®, a patented extract of guggul standardized to contain a minimum of 7.5% guggulsterones E and Z to ensure efficacy.