Revisiting Red Yeast Rice Extract

by on February 7, 2012
in Nutritional Supplements

A while back, I reported on Red Yeast Rice Extract for cholesterol control. Since then, I was posed the question of, “If red yeast rice extract’s active ingredient is the exact same as a prescribed statin, then why do people who can’t tolerate their prescribed statin do well on it?”

CoQ10: Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol

by on December 6, 2011
in Nutritional Supplements

The benefits of CoQ10 supplementation are numerous and have been extensively covered in previous posts such as Statins and CoQ10. This supplement superstar was introduced to the market in 1983 by the Life Extension Foundation.

Since then, many other providers have appeared on the market along with various formulations. The consumer may be overwhelmed when confronted with these choices. This post will provide direction towards selecting the right formulation for your needs.

Why Standardization Matters

The greatest advancement in herbal supplements arrived with the manufacturing process known as standardization. Standardization allowed herbal supplements to achieve the reliability and assurance of pharmaceutical preparations.

Furthermore it allowed for scientifically controlled studies of their efficacy as remedies and preventives for various health conditions. This article will discuss the process of standardization and what to look for in a standardized product.




Red Yeast Rice Extract for Cholesterol Control-Buyer Beware

by on January 18, 2011
in Nutritional Supplements

Millions of people take prescription statins to control their cholesterol levels. Many are dissatisfied with their side effects which can include extreme muscle weakness. Side effects can be so severe that patients seek out alternative treatments.

Some are turning to a natural supplement known as Red Yeast Rice Extract as an alternative to statins. The consumer should however be aware of certain risks associated with this product.

Niacin and Cholesterol

Niacin or Vitamin B3 is an effective way to lower cholesterol levels. Niacin doesn’t just lower total cholesterol but rather lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL). However, it is associated with the dreaded niacin flush in which the skin turns red and itchy. While this reaction occurs shortly after ingestion and wears off fairly rapidly it is disturbing enough to discontinue its use. Different forms of the vitamin have come to the market in order to reduce the flush effect. The consumer should be aware of these different forms and their benefits and drawbacks.

CoQ10, Statins and Cholesterol

by on September 30, 2010
in Nutritional Supplements

Statins are prescribed to 24 million Americans to reduce cholesterol levels associated with heart disease. However many report side effects severe enough to cause them to discontinue their use. These side effects include severe muscle pain and weakness, fatigue and memory loss.

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