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Description
  • A natural source of phytoestrogens, Black Cohosh helps to support menopause.*
  • Each tablet contains 40 mg of Black Cohosh root extract standardized to provide minimum of 2.5% Triterpene Glycosides 1 mg.
  • Standardized herbs provide uniformity of a single plant chemical batch after batch. Each extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient in every serving. This active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herb’s health benefits.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily.

Serving Size 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Black Cohosh Root Extract (Cimicifuga racemosa) (2.5% Triterpene glycosides = 1 mg) 40.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Vegetable Cellulose Capsule

No Sugar, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

After opening, keep tightly closed in refrigerator or other cool place.

General Nutrition CorporationPittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Menopause
Dose: 20 mg of a highly concentrated herbal extract taken twice per day
Studies have shown black cohosh to be a safe and effective treatment for women with hot flashes associated with menopause.(more)
Menopause and Depression
Dose: Two tablets twice a day for 8 weeks, then one tablet twice a day for 8 weeks, each tablet supplying 1 mg of triterpene glycosides from black cohosh and 0.25 mg of hypericin from St. John's wort
Menopausal and depression symptoms improved in post-menopausal women after they took a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort. (more)
Dysmenorrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Black cohosh has a history as a folk medicine for relieving menstrual cramps.(more)
Premenstrual Syndrome
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Black cohosh has been historically used to treat PMS.(more)
Menopause
Dose: 20 mg of a highly concentrated herbal extract taken twice per day
Studies have shown black cohosh to be a safe and effective treatment for women with hot flashes associated with menopause.(more)
Menopause and Depression
Dose: Two tablets twice a day for 8 weeks, then one tablet twice a day for 8 weeks, each tablet supplying 1 mg of triterpene glycosides from black cohosh and 0.25 mg of hypericin from St. John's wort
Menopausal and depression symptoms improved in post-menopausal women after they took a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort. (more)
Dysmenorrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Black cohosh has a history as a folk medicine for relieving menstrual cramps.(more)
Premenstrual Syndrome
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Black cohosh has been historically used to treat PMS.(more)
Osteoporosis
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Black cohosh has been shown to improve bone mineral density in animals fed a low-calcium diet.(more)
Menopause
Dose: 20 mg of a highly concentrated herbal extract taken twice per day

Some, but not all, double-blind trials support the usefulness of black cohosh for women with hot flashes associated with menopause.1 In a three-month study of postmenopausal women, 40 mg per day of an extract of black cohosh was as effective as estrogen therapy in the treatment of hot flashes.2 A review of eight trials concluded black cohosh to be both safe and effective.3 However, one double-blind trial found that black cohosh is ineffective as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.4 Many doctors recommend 20 mg of a highly concentrated extract taken twice per day; 2 to 4 ml of tincture three times per day may also be used.

In a double-blind study of postmenopausal women who were experiencing psychological symptoms, a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving both menopausal symptoms and depression. The product used in this study contained (per tablet) black cohosh standardized to 1 mg of triterpene glycosides and St. John's wort standardized to 0.25 mg of hypericin. The amount taken was two tablets twice a day for eight weeks, followed by one tablet twice a day for eight weeks.5

References

1. Liske E. Therapeutic efficacy and safety of Cimicifuga racemosa for gynecological disorders. Advances Therapy 1998;15:45-53.

2. Nappi RE, Malavasi B, Brundu B, Facchinetti F. Efficacy of Cimicifuga racemosa on climacteric complaints: a randomized study versus low-dose transdermal estradiol. Gynecol Endocrinol 2005;20:30-5.

3. Lieberman S. A review of the effectiveness of Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) for the symptoms of menopause. J Womens Health 1998;7:525-9.

4. Newton KM, Reed SD, LaCroix AZ, et al. Treatment of vasomotor symptoms of menopause with black cohosh, multibotanicals, soy, hormone therapy, or placebo: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2006;145:869-79.

5. Uebelhack R, Blohmer JU, Graubaum HJ, et al. Black cohosh and St. John's wort for climacteric complaints: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:247-55.

Menopause and Depression
Dose: Two tablets twice a day for 8 weeks, then one tablet twice a day for 8 weeks, each tablet supplying 1 mg of triterpene glycosides from black cohosh and 0.25 mg of hypericin from St. John's wort In a double-blind study of postmenopausal women who were experiencing psychological symptoms, a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving both menopausal symptoms and depression. The product used in this study contained (per tablet) black cohosh standardized to 1 mg of triterpene glycosides and St. John's wort standardized to 0.25 mg of hypericin. The amount taken was two tablets twice a day for eight weeks, followed by one tablet twice a day for eight weeks.1
References

1. Uebelhack R, Blohmer JU, Graubaum HJ, et al. Black cohosh and St. John's wort for climacteric complaints: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:247-55.

Dysmenorrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Black cohosh has a history as a folk medicine for relieving menstrual cramps. Black cohosh can be taken in several forms, including crude plant, dried root, or rhizome (300-2,000 mg per day), or as a solid, dry powdered extract (250 mg three times per day). Standardized extracts of the herb are available, though they have primarily been researched for use with menopausal women suffering from hot flashes. The recommended amount is 20-40 mg twice per day.1 The best researched form provides 1 mg of deoxyactein per 20 mg of extract. Tinctures can are also used (2-4 ml three times per day).2 The Commission E Monograph recommends black cohosh be taken for up to six months, and then discontinued.3

References

1. Murray MT. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995, 376.

2. Bradley PR, ed. British Herbal Compendium, vol 1. Bournemouth, Dorset, UK: British Herbal Medicine Association, 1992, 34-6.

3. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Boston, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 90.

Premenstrual Syndrome
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Black cohosh is approved in Germany for use in women with PMS.1 This approval appears to be based on historical use as there are no modern clinical trials to support the use of black cohosh for PMS.

References

1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al., eds. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 90.

Menopause
Dose: 20 mg of a highly concentrated herbal extract taken twice per day

Some, but not all, double-blind trials support the usefulness of black cohosh for women with hot flashes associated with menopause.1 In a three-month study of postmenopausal women, 40 mg per day of an extract of black cohosh was as effective as estrogen therapy in the treatment of hot flashes.2 A review of eight trials concluded black cohosh to be both safe and effective.3 However, one double-blind trial found that black cohosh is ineffective as a treatment for menopausal symptoms.4 Many doctors recommend 20 mg of a highly concentrated extract taken twice per day; 2 to 4 ml of tincture three times per day may also be used.

In a double-blind study of postmenopausal women who were experiencing psychological symptoms, a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving both menopausal symptoms and depression. The product used in this study contained (per tablet) black cohosh standardized to 1 mg of triterpene glycosides and St. John's wort standardized to 0.25 mg of hypericin. The amount taken was two tablets twice a day for eight weeks, followed by one tablet twice a day for eight weeks.5

References

1. Liske E. Therapeutic efficacy and safety of Cimicifuga racemosa for gynecological disorders. Advances Therapy 1998;15:45-53.

2. Nappi RE, Malavasi B, Brundu B, Facchinetti F. Efficacy of Cimicifuga racemosa on climacteric complaints: a randomized study versus low-dose transdermal estradiol. Gynecol Endocrinol 2005;20:30-5.

3. Lieberman S. A review of the effectiveness of Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) for the symptoms of menopause. J Womens Health 1998;7:525-9.

4. Newton KM, Reed SD, LaCroix AZ, et al. Treatment of vasomotor symptoms of menopause with black cohosh, multibotanicals, soy, hormone therapy, or placebo: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2006;145:869-79.

5. Uebelhack R, Blohmer JU, Graubaum HJ, et al. Black cohosh and St. John's wort for climacteric complaints: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:247-55.

Menopause and Depression
Dose: Two tablets twice a day for 8 weeks, then one tablet twice a day for 8 weeks, each tablet supplying 1 mg of triterpene glycosides from black cohosh and 0.25 mg of hypericin from St. John's wort In a double-blind study of postmenopausal women who were experiencing psychological symptoms, a combination of black cohosh and St. John's wort was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving both menopausal symptoms and depression. The product used in this study contained (per tablet) black cohosh standardized to 1 mg of triterpene glycosides and St. John's wort standardized to 0.25 mg of hypericin. The amount taken was two tablets twice a day for eight weeks, followed by one tablet twice a day for eight weeks.1
References

1. Uebelhack R, Blohmer JU, Graubaum HJ, et al. Black cohosh and St. John's wort for climacteric complaints: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2006;107:247-55.

Dysmenorrhea
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Black cohosh has a history as a folk medicine for relieving menstrual cramps. Black cohosh can be taken in several forms, including crude plant, dried root, or rhizome (300-2,000 mg per day), or as a solid, dry powdered extract (250 mg three times per day). Standardized extracts of the herb are available, though they have primarily been researched for use with menopausal women suffering from hot flashes. The recommended amount is 20-40 mg twice per day.1 The best researched form provides 1 mg of deoxyactein per 20 mg of extract. Tinctures can are also used (2-4 ml three times per day).2 The Commission E Monograph recommends black cohosh be taken for up to six months, and then discontinued.3

References

1. Murray MT. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995, 376.

2. Bradley PR, ed. British Herbal Compendium, vol 1. Bournemouth, Dorset, UK: British Herbal Medicine Association, 1992, 34-6.

3. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Boston, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 90.

Premenstrual Syndrome
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Black cohosh is approved in Germany for use in women with PMS.1 This approval appears to be based on historical use as there are no modern clinical trials to support the use of black cohosh for PMS.

References

1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al., eds. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 90.

Osteoporosis
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Black cohosh has been shown to improve bone mineral density in animals fed a low calcium diet,1 but it has not been studied for this purpose in humans.

References

1. Kadota S, Li JX, Li HY, et al. Effects of cimicifugae rhizome on serum calcium and phosphate levels in low calcium dietary rats and on bone mineral density in ovariectomized rats. Phytomed 1996/97;3(4):379-85.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Black cohosh is a shrub-like plant native to the eastern deciduous forests of North America, ranging from southern Ontario to Georgia, north to Wisconsin and west to Arkansas. The dried root and rhizome are used medicinally.1 When harvested from the wild, the root is black in color. Cohosh, an Algonquin Indian word meaning "rough," refers to the plants gnarly root structure.2

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3.3

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67%

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  • Effective (4)
  • Good value (3)

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Helped a lot!

    By sharonsteiner

    from Ocean City, MD

    About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

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    Pros

    • Effective
    • No Side Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Good Alternative

      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

      I started getting hot flashes really bad. As much as 5 per hour, all day long :( I started taking this twice a day. It didn't seem to be working, but after approximately 2 weeks the flashes started to subside some. Now it's been about 3-1/2 weeks and I might get one a day, if that. I'm much happier.... And so is everyone else ;)

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Recommended

      By robbie

      from jacksonville fl

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      Pros

      • Effective
      • Good Value
      • No Side Effects

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        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

        good product, have used it for several months with good results

        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Black Cohosh works for me!

        By losira13

        from Chesapeake VA

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          • Good Alternative

          Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

          As a Migraine sufferer I cannot take the normal hormone replacement that is offered for menopause. I have been using Black Cohosh for a while now but when you first take it, you have to allow for it to build up in your system. I find that it does work for me but for some of my friends who have tried it, some found that it did work for them and others did not, so it really is a case of trial and error. I would recommend that other women try it especially if they are worried about hormone replacement and the side effects.

          (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great replacement for Estrogen

          By lmatheny1960

          from Kingsport, TN

          About Me Subsequent User

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          Pros

          • Cheaper than estrogen
          • Effective
          • Good Value
          • Works as good as estrogen

          Cons

          • No Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Replace Estrogen wthis

          Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

          I take two pills once a day. I lost my job and couldn't afford my estrogen "premarin" anymore. A friend told me about black cohosh - standardized. I've taken it for several months and I can tell NO difference from my estrogen. I can't believe it. I would recommend this to every single woman going through menopause. Make sure to get the "standardized" black cohosh, none other. It's so much cheaper than estrogen. I'll never go back.

          (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Bring the old one back!

          By mhedger374

          from New York

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              Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

              Complete waste of time. My hot flashes came back. Like the previous user, I used to use the Nature's Fingerprint 540mg Black Cohosh which was highly effective. I went into GNC and the guy ASSURED me that these new ones were just as good. I think we need to make all men (esp. those working in GNC) go through menopause, just to see how ineffective some of their products are. Bring back the Nature's Fingerprint 540mg Black Cohosh so I can get rid of these hot flashes. PLEASE!

              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              not effective

              By sbaker55

              from Maine

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                • Not Effective
                • Not like the 540 mg kind

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                  Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Black Cohosh:

                  I have used the GNC Nature's Fingerprint Black Cohosh for years. It's 540 mg. I take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 capsules in the evening. It works great. The "new and improved" kind does not work. At all. Why do companies have to change products? It's irritating.

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