Red Yeast Rice + NK 60 capsules - Monascus purpureus & nattokinase | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase contains rice that has been fermented by the yeast Monascus purpureusis has been used in Asia for centuries as a food preservative, food colorant and flavoring as well as in traditional herbal formulas.
Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) : contains monacolins, which are naturally occurring substances known to interact with enzymes in the body that affect blood lipid and inflammation health.
It is part of the diet in China, Japan, and Asian communities in the United States.
Jarrow Formulas uses Red Yeast Rice that is free of the undesirable fermentation byproduct citrinin.
Red Yeast Rice naturally contains traces of lovastatin.
Nattokinase is made via fermentation by Bacillus subtilis natto and then purified. Nattokinase keeps arteries healthy and elastic and as such is a useful addition.
Each two capsules supply 2,000 Fibrinolytic Units (FU) of activity from nattokinase to promote the breakdown (hydrolysis) of fibrin and support healthy circulation in conjunction with 1,200 mg Red Yeast Rice extract.
who can benefit from Red Yeast Rice with Nattokinase
Those who are taking CoQ10 or QH who would also benefit from a combination promoting healthy blood circulation.
• Complementary Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase Formula
• 10:1 Red Yeast Rice (RYR) Extract
• 2000 FU (Fibrinolytic Units) Nattokinase per Serving
• Strict Quality Controlled Formulation of Red Yeast Rice
• Red Yeast Rice contains a number of naturally occurring substances known to affect cardiovascular health
• Nattokinase is a fibrin digesting enzyme that also modulates the body’s own plasmin levels
Cardiovascular health is about more than the heart. The health of the vessels, or vasculature, is critically important and impacts the heart. For example, the conditions of blood vessels affect blood pressure and blood flow. The amount of force and energy the heart requires to circulate nutrients impacts the health of the heart. This is why maintaining the heart and vessels in tandem makes sense.
Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase combines two complementary ingredients for cardiovascular and circulatory health. Included in this formula are 1) a 10:1 red yeast rice extract that is carefully fermented to avoid the presence of the natural by-product citrinin and 2) soy- free nattokinase made via fermentation by Bacillus subtilis natto and then purified without the use of solvents.
What is Red Yeast Rice?
Red yeast (Monascus purpureus) that grows on rice yields a fermented product known as red yeast rice (RYR). RYR has a long history of use in Asia as a food, a flavoring/coloring agent, and a preservative. In Chinese medicine, RYR is also believed to support “blood circulation.” Much is often made of a class of active compounds in RYR called monacolins. By current count, there are more than ten different monacolins found in RYR, and they all appear to have slightly different effects.
But one should keep in mind that RYR is not a drug and is neither just one monacolin, nor a collection of monacolins. Rather, RYR is a complex food substance that also contains many bioactive components like sterols, isoflavones, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Other specific compounds found in RYR, such as monascin and ankaflavin, have recently been found to promote inflammatory health and even support beneficial HDL levels. Clearly, the benefits of RYR to cardiovascular health are more subtle than is often described.
Those interested in RYR should also be mindful that any product they take is monitored for citrinin content. Citrinin is a mycotoxin that targets the kidneys and is produced by numerous Penicillium and Aspergillus species. It can appear in RYR not grown under carefully controlled conditions.
Why is Nattokinase important?
Nattokinase is believed to do a number of things in promoting circulatory health. First, it acts as a natural fibrinolytic (clot-digesting) enzyme that helps to support the body’s ability to regulate fibrin. In fact, this is why nattokinase is measured in terms of fibrinolytic units (FU). Some research suggests that nattokinase is more effective than the body’s own enzyme, plasmin, for this purpose. Second, nattokinase appears to support normal levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1). By reducing the plasminogen levels that are critical to the production of plasmin, high levels of PAI-1 can negatively impact fibrin degradation. By maintaining normal levels of PAI-1, nattokinase supports the body’s own fibrin-balancing mechanisms.
Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase
Together these two ingredients work in a complementary fashion on multiple levels. By modulating inflammation, red yeast rice may help guard against “hot spots” and vasculature damage that leads to the “repair” signal being broadcast and fibrin producing enzymes responding over-vigorously. Meanwhile, nattokinase can help keep fibrin levels balanced between production and degradation so as to avoid out-sized fibrin meshes that trap red blood cells and blood lipids in a viscous cycle. By balancing blood lipids, red yeast rice can also help provide another check on this cascade.
Jarrow Formulas Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase is designed to support cardiovascular health and circulation. Jarrow Formulas’ Nattokinase is made via fermentation by Bacillus subtilis natto and then purified. Red Yeast Rice is fermented by the yeast Monascus purpureus . Jarrow Formulas uses Red Yeast Rice that is carefully produced to minimize the presence of the byproduct citrinin. Each two capsules supply 2,000 Fibrinolytic Units (FU) of activity from nattokinase to promote the breakdown (hydrolysis) of fibrin and support healthy circulation in conjunction with 1,200 mg Red Yeast Rice extract.
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Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.
Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:
- high blood pressure
- family history
- metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
- high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors
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- relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
- increasing hypertension during menopause
- autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
- stress and depression are more common among women
- low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself
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This big drop will probably result in a vast increase of people that are being administered cholesterol lowering drugs.
But what if I told you, cholesterol is a poor marker for heart health?
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And it makes sense statistically. The correlation between lowering your LDL and lowering your chances of having a heart attack or developing other forms of heart disease is well documented. Indeed, exercise and dietary changes are good for the heart partly because they lower LDL cholesterol levels.
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Called natto, this stinky dish is lesser known in Europe, but some Japanese (sushi) restaurants offer it as part of their menu and some Asian supermarkets stock it as well.
Natto has a long history as a super food. This little-known Eastern health secret has been a staple in the Japanese diet for more than 1,000 years.
Nutritionally, natto does have a lot to offer. A serving provides the same amount of protein as a similar amount of beef, but with fewer calories.
Natto is a fermented soy food with a distinctive, powerful smell that has been described as similar in pungency to fermented ripe cheese. Or worse, like foot odour mixed with paint thinner.
While some love the taste and will eat it on its own, it's often served with condiments such as sliced green onions, wasabi or pickled ginger.
As a dish it often comes wrapped in rice and seaweed. In Japan, many eat natto at breakfast with rice and, sometimes, with mustard, soy sauce, broth, vegetables or a raw egg.
Natto is a food that divides Japan: half of the Japanese population hates it while the other half likes it.
Natto may not sound that appealing if you aren't a fan of funky flavours, but the growing body of research supporting its health benefits certainly is.
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Scientific studies have demonstrated that supplementing with red yeast rice can lower overall as well as LDL cholesterol, aka “bad cholesterol.” According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, benefits of red yeast rice also include improvements in circulation and digestion.
Red yeast rice supplements are extremely popular, so let’s take a look at the possible benefits as well as the controversy surrounding this natural over-the-counter remedy.
Take 2 capsules per day with a meal or a glass of water, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant
contains per daily serving (2 capsules)
Red Yeast Rice (red rice fermented Monascus purpureus) 1200mg †
natto extract 100mg †
- nattokinase 2000 FU
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (red yeast rice, natto extract) , filler (indigestible dextrin, cellulose, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
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Do not use this product if you are pregnant, lactating or trying to conceive
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contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans