Health, Myths, Fraud and the Crisis

Since statins were causing me muscle pain (  and since the heart is also a muscle … ) I was looking for something else to lower my high LDL. Fish oil appears to help, but more potent seems to be red rice yeast extract. So far I got no muscle pain. Blood test pending ….

From a Mayo Clinic web page :

Red yeast rice is the product of yeast ( Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. One of these, “monacolin K,” is a potent inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, and is also known as mevinolin or lovastatin (Mevacor®, a drug produced by Merck & Co., Inc). Red yeast rice extract has been sold as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent in over the counter supplements, such as Cholestin TM (Pharmanex, Inc).

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