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I know this topic has been addressed before on this board but will someone humor me again please? I was discussing with a friend the other day the option of using red yeast rice to help lower our cholesterol. I told him that I had read somewhere (probably here) that red yeast rice contains the similar ingredient that is in lovastatin, which would make it also a statin. He said when he was speaking with a nutritionist the otyher day at a GNC store, that this nutritionist told him that red yeast rice is a NATURAL occuring statin and is completely safe. He also said that there was no need to take any CoQ10 supplement along with the red yeast rice like you should if you took a prescribed statin (i.e. Lipitor, Crestor, Vitorin). Is it all about the process used to derive the RYR or is RYR really a statin in sheep's clothing?
Please help me decide whether this is a totally safe product or not.

Thanx!
[QUOTE=Mr. Detail]...... this nutritionist told him that red yeast rice is a NATURAL occuring statin and is completely safe. He also said that there was no need to take any CoQ10 supplement along with the red yeast rice like you should if you took a prescribed statin (i.e. Lipitor, Crestor, Vitorin). ...... [/QUOTE]
RYR might be a natural product, but that doesn't make it safe. Mushrooms are natural , but eating them can be lethal. RYR also cuts off the pathway through which cholesterol and ubiquinone are produced. So you can expect to see the same side effects.

Mark
[QUOTE=Mr. Detail]I know this topic has been addressed before on this board but will someone humor me again please? I was discussing with a friend the other day the option of using red yeast rice to help lower our cholesterol. I told him that I had read somewhere (probably here) that red yeast rice contains the similar ingredient that is in lovastatin, which would make it also a statin. He said when he was speaking with a nutritionist the otyher day at a GNC store, that this nutritionist told him that red yeast rice is a NATURAL occuring statin and is completely safe. He also said that there was no need to take any CoQ10 supplement along with the red yeast rice like you should if you took a prescribed statin (i.e. Lipitor, Crestor, Vitorin). Is it all about the process used to derive the RYR or is RYR really a statin in sheep's clothing?
Please help me decide whether this is a totally safe product or not.

Thanx![/QUOTE]

Detail,

I've read many times that RYR used to contain lovastatin - but I thought that lawsuits forced the RYR producers to chemically remove the statin from their products years ago...

In any case, if it still does contain the equivalent of lovastatin, I'd personally feel much safer taking the lovastatin than the RYR. At least the quality control of the lovastatin production process is monitored, and presumably much greater than for the RYR. How would you even know what dose of lovastatin you are getting in the RYR?

By the way, if RYR still does contain lovastatin, then you need to have your liver enzymes periodically checked, so you still should be under the care of a physician who will do the same periodic blood tests that would be done if you were prescribed lovastatin. You should also supplement with CoQ10.

HubbleRules
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