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?”

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.

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