This article would have been much more informative if it had listed more REAL foods, rather than foods manufactured in a laboratory/factory.
I'm on a generic statin for high cholesterol (lovastatin), and so is my husband. His doctor wanted him to try Red Yeast Rice because it is "natural." However, I did a lot of research and was very concerned about these products. Numerous studies and lab analyses have shown that:
1) there are varying levels of cholesterol-lowering ingredients in different brands;
2) there can be different levels in the same brand, and even in the same batch of product;
3) some brands contain PRESCRIPTION STATINS;
4) some of the Red Yeast Rice brands contain MORE of the cholesterol-lowering statins than the Prescription doses - so you don't know what you're getting;
5) these supplements are not regulated by the FDA - so there are no guidelines or regulations as to what amounts of statins you are getting in these supplements.
Additionally, the cost of my husband's prescription which has been around for about 40 years - well tested & documented - is $4.00 a month. The equivalent amount of Red Yeast Rice would cost him over $30.00 a month!
Sometimes a prescription medicine is better than a natural alternative.
The following is an extract from the Mayo Clinic website:
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). However, there has been legal and industrial dispute as to whether red yeast rice is a drug or a dietary supplement, involving the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the pharmaceutical industry (particularly producers of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor prescription drugs or "statins").
- 9/17/2011 3:46:33 PM