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Re: Cholesterol
Jul 27, 2010
Here you go Betlic.

Here is a little info on RYR (Red Yeast Rice).

Red yeast rice is prepared by using Monascus purpureus fermented with rice. Preparation records exist, dating back to the ancient Ming Dynasty period. (1368 to 1644).

The extracts from RYR contain starch, sterols, isoflavones, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Depending on the Monascus strains used and fermentation conditions, it may contain polyketides called monacolins. One of these monacolins is named 'Monacolin K', known as lovastatin, typically 0.2% per 5 mg as compared to 20–40 mg of the drug lovastatin.

There are many strains of RYR which have been around for centuries, including the Xuezhikang and Zhibituo strains which contain added herbs, and being the two most medically potent forms known in china. All quality controlled dietry seasoning chinese red yeast rice preparations contain at least 10 monacolins, the actions of which when combined reduce hyperlipidemia on par with the weaker statins. Scientists today still do not fully understand how the weaker Monacolins, sterols and isoflavones interact to produce very reasonable reductions of cholesterol levels, as observed in many head to head studies with statins.

One of the unwanted products of RYR if not prepared under controlled conditions is a potentially toxic fermentation product called citrinin. When purchasing Red Yeast Rice, buy a brand that is guaranteed free of Citrinin.
You will be wasting your money if you do not purchase a brand of RYR that does not state that it is of a standardized formula containing a minimum 1.5% total monacolins.

Out of the thousands of participants of numerous controlled studies, only one reported muscle problems and this could be that that person was also taking prescribed medication.
Common side effects are dizziness, low appetite, nausea, stomach-ache and diarrhoea.

Try and source the product - Nature's Plus extended release Red Yeast Rice, either 300mg or 600mg tablets found 'on-line'.

Take 600mg daily with your evening meal. For precautionary purposes also supplement with 100mg Co-enzymeQ10.

If you provide us with your TC, LDL, HDL and Trig's figures, we can advise on the best way forward. Also indicate if you have liver, kidney, high blood pressure problems, etc.


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