Has anyone used Red Yeast Rice Extract to improve cholesterol?

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I would like to hear this also.
Dont want to go on Statins just because my LDL was a couple points too high!
Red yeast rice is related to statin drugs. The supplement MAY contain small amounts of it. My doctor instructed me to take it. It lowered my LDL by 10-20 points. I'm no longer taking it. I did just as well with lifestyle changes. I don't know why he was concerned about my LDL anyway. I have very high HDL (over 100).
I use red yeast rice and it is a big help. My LDL was over 130 and came down to 100 on it. My HDL is 120 - I forget where I started on that one.
My mother just started taking this. I'm eager to see if it helps her. She was also taking non-flush niacin. It helped, but not enough.
I take it daily and have been doing so for about 3 yrs now after my mother told me about it. It does help and my cholesterol has been good since I've been taking it.
What is non-fluch niacin? Slow release? Does it help cholesterol?
Red yeast extract can have side effects and the side effects can be the same as statins. My husband is unable to take any statins because they all elevate his muscle enzymes. He had the same problem when his doctor had him try red yeast rice extract. So it certainly may help your cholesterol, but no one should assume that it is completely safe and without side effects. YMMV.
I dont really think I want to take statins because I have fibromyalgia.
My pharmacist wondered why my endo was trying to give me something that can cause muscle pain.
I know the Red Yeast rice can do that as well.
They didnt let me try exercise and diet though and my thyroid was all off at the time.
To top it all off, my LDL was 116 and everything else was in a very good range.
So, I ditched the statins.
It's a good idea to take CoQ10 along with Red Yeast. It protects the heart.
WHat is CoQ10? Is it a supplement as well?
Cat, heres an article I found but I didnt read it yet.......
http://www.spacedoc.net/statins_CoQ10.htm
My husband, non-diabetic, was taking Red Yeast Rice for a year or more. His cholesterol did come down, but when we told his doc, the doc (who is quite knowledgeable in eastern methods) told us that the Red Yeast Rice IS a statin. Because it is a supplement it is not regulated by the FDA and the quality and standards of the Rice is only measured by the company who sells it. ( I am not in favor of supplement regulation by the FDA.) When you are dealing with an item that can have dangerous side effects it is not wise to take something that is not properly regulated. If you took 5mg. of a generic statin that would be about the same as Red Yeast Rice. But it would be the same each time you took it.

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