Red Yeast Rice helps lower cholesterol, replaces drugs
Why does red yeast rice have to be the last thing a doctor recommends for lowering cholesterol? It should be one of the first since there are no side effects.
What will your doctor suggest? Statins.
What will he tell you about side effects? Usually nothing.
People come into the health food store I work at to complain about leg cramps, constipation, rashes, and muscle weakness. One question asked is “Are you on a statin drug?” If they say yes it is easy to suggest supplements that may make a person feel better. CoQ10 will help with muscle weakness; vitamin D will help with rashes on the skin or in the mouth, calcium, magnesium for leg cramping and fiber for constipation. But the list of vitamins depleted by statins is much greater than what is mentioned here. A list of vitamin depletion and side effects when taking a statin drug would be very beneficial to a patient but is not supplied to you by your doctor even though some of these side effects can be life threatening .
Red yeast rice works basically the same way a statin does but without the side effects and lowers total cholesterol. Studies I have looked into show that red yeast rice lowered LDL cholesterol 11 – 32% and triglyceride levels 12 – 19%.
My husband, at age 49, was told he had high cholesterol with a total cholesterol count just over 240. Since he was starting a new job with new insurance coverage he needed to lower his cholesterol to be in good standing with the insurance company. His doctor suggested statins. I suggested red yeast rice, exercise and cutting down on the junk food he likes so much. He went with the smarter suggestion. Six weeks later he was a new man. He since has cut down on the red yeast rice. He started at 1,200mg twice a day, six months later dropping down to 1,200mg once a day and now takes 1,200mg once every other day, and that is because he has kept up the healthy life style. If his next blood test comes out good he will stop the red yeast rice supplement. His doctor was so impressed that he wanted to know what he was taking if not the prescribed drug. His doctor now suggests red yeast rice to patients that have no success with statins, which leads us back to the first question of this article: Why does red yeast rice have to be the last thing a doctor recommends for lowering cholesterol?
If your doctor suggests a statin drug for cholesterol you know what you need to do: Take a look at your diet, exercise and look at a natural alternative, such as red yeast rice, so you are not victim to life threatening side effects.