Recently I’ve been getting a lot of emails about the safety of using Red Yeast Rice to naturally lower cholesterol levels.
Does it work, is it safe, and does it have the same side-effects of statin “cholesterol lowering” drugs?…
One reason for all the questions and concerns is because Consumer Reports came out with a list of the 15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid and Red Yeast Rice was one of the 15 ingredients on the list.
And this is a very important topic because if the right form and amount of Red Yeast Rice is used, it’s an amazingly effective and safe ingredient.
However, if the wrong form is used – then you’ll be dealing with lots of problems.
Vague, Wrong & Inaccurate
Unfortunately, the information is vague, wrong and inaccurate. They stated risks as:
“Kidney and muscle problems, liver problems, hair loss; can magnify effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, increasing the risk of side effects”
Of course, they never state HOW or WHY Red Yeast Rice could cause this.
However, what they HAVE done is inaccurately listed “statin” drug side-effects!…
Are The REAL Problem
One of the most prescribed drugs in the world for almost 2 decades, are cholesterol lowering statin drugs. The most popular ones being Lipitor®, Crestor®, Zocor® and similar ones.
Doctors used to (and still do) say how these drugs are “so amazing and healthy” for you. And the minute anyone had even slightly elevated cholesterol levels, doctors were quick to prescribe these powerful (and harmful) drugs.
However, in the past few years, the truth has come out… The fact that statin drugs are very toxic and have numerous side-effects — such as memory loss, muscle pain, liver damage, diabetes, high blood pressure, impotence and more.
I’m VERY familiar with this topic because this is exactly what I had to deal with my own parents back in 1998, when they were prescribed these horrible “statins” and why I HAD to find natural alternatives to these toxic drugs.
Red Yeast Rice & Statins
So what does all of this have to do with Red Yeast Rice?…
This is because Red Yeast Rice (a regular diet staple in Asia) naturally contains low levels of monacolin K, which is chemically similar to the active ingredient in the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Lovastatin.4
And because of this, Consumer Reports automatically and incorrectly ASSUMES that Red Yeast Rice is the “same” as statin drugs and thus, will have the same negative side-effects of statin drugs.
Not only is this wrong, but it’s illegal in the US because…
FDA Won’t Allow This
In 2008, the FDA determined that red yeast rice products that contain more than trace amounts of monacolin K are considered as an “unapproved new drug” and cannot be sold legally as dietary supplements.4
… And this was done primarily because the pharmaceutical companies didn’t want a natural ingredient to compete with their harmful drugs.
Whatever Red Yeast Rice product you purchase these days in America, legally cannot have any monacolin K, which is similar to the statin, lovastatin… and thus, Red Yeast Rice can’t cause any of the statin side-effects that Consumer Reports mentioned!
Make sense?… Red yeast rice can’t cause any statin side-effects if it doesn’t contain any “statin” in it.
However, Red yeast rice still has numerous health and cholesterol-lowering benefits that is NOT related to monacolin K or lovastatin, and without any negative side-effects.2,5
Potential Problems Of Red Yeast Rice…
So Consumer Reports was all wrong about Red Yeast Rice’s negative side-effects.
However, there are 2 real problems you need to look for when purchasing Red Yeast Rice:
Problem 1: Citrinin
Some red yeast rice products contain a contaminant called citrinin, which can cause kidney failure in high dosages.4
So when purchasing any product containing Red Yeast Rice, make sure the citrinin is removed (which CholesLo™ has done).
Problem 2: Don’t Use It By Itself
You never want to use Red Yeast Rice by itself because you’d have to use a very high dosage of it for it to work and be effective.
Unfortunately, the higher dosages quickly cause your body to adapts to the compound.
Over time, you’ll need to keep increasing your dosage to see the positive effects and the higher the dose of ANY ingredient (natural or chemical), the more potential for side-effects.
“So, What’s YOUR Best & Safest Solution?…”
I’ll be honest with you. No one single ingredient works at 100% effectiveness forever, let alone for every person. And that includes a very effective red yeast rice or any other single herb or nutrient.
Think about it. Just like you don’t eat only broccoli for best health, you don’t want to use only one herb or nutrient either.
The best products use red yeast rice, in conjunction with other key ingredients, at specific dosages to help create healthy cholesterol levels, HDL/LDL ratios and triglycerides.
This way, all of your lipid levels are in a healthy range, without your body adapting to any single nutrient and without any negative side-effects.
Scientifically Proven Herbs
That Work Best With Red Yeast Rice
Other key ingredients you should look for when purchasing a cholesterol-lowering product, which also works in synergy with red yeast rice are:
- Policosanol (make sure it contains specific “octacosanol” and not the cheaper form of “beta-sistosterol”)
- Pantesin® d-Pantethine
- Garlic Extract (make sure it’s Deodorized with 1.3% alliin)
- Artichoke Leaf Extract (make sure it’s 15% Chlorogenic Acid, 5% Cynarin)
- Guggulsterones (make sure it’s 10% Pure Extract; E and Z)
- Phytosterols Complex
Cleanse & Strengthen Your Liver
Additionally, whatever product you select – make sure it has a liver cleansing formula – such as Milk Thistle Extract and NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine)
This is because 80% of the cholesterol in your body is formed in your liver and NOT from the foods you eat.
And the older we get, coupled with various environmental toxins and other pills we take daily (especially if you’re over the age of 40) – most people’s livers are weak and tired. Thus, cholesterol builds up because your liver is unable to “detoxify” like it used to.
Lower Your Homocysteine Levels
Lastly, you also want to reduce Homocysteine levels. This is an amino acid in your blood, which increases your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 43%.4
And a special blend of 4 specific vitamins can dramatically and naturally decrease your Homocysteine levels. It’s an easy fix. Unfortunately, most doctors never speak about this, simply because they don’t know.
Plus, since there’s not “drug” to prescribe, they DON’T CARE!
When the above ingredients are combined together in proper ratios, the “synergy” creates a much more effective solution, at a lower dose – WITHOUT your body adapting or having negative side-effects.6 That’s the secret!…
Confused? Too Many Options & Choices?
Here’s What Other People Have Done…
Now, you might be thinking, “Geez, I don’t want to take 20-30 pills a day, buying a bunch of bottles and herbs” and I don’t blame you. Who has the time OR money?…
This is exactly the problem my parents had in 1998 and that’s why they now use an “all-in-one” remedy called CholesLo™, which contains the above key ingredients, in specific extracted dosages — in addition to a couple of other helpful ingredients.
The feedback has been amazing and since the product has been around since 1999, you know it works!
- Red yeast rice lowers cholesterol in physicians – a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial
- Cholesterol-lowering effects of a proprietary Chinese red-yeast-rice dietary supplement.
- Wiki – Red Yeast Rice Overview
- Homocysteine lowering and cardiovascular disease risk
- Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
- Cholesterol-Lowering Abilities of a Novel Proprietary Preparation – CholesLo