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.

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.

Testing Your CoQ10 Levels

by on September 21, 2010
in Antioxidants

In a previous post the important role that CoQ10 plays in your body was detailed. If you’re taking statins, beta-blockers, are a heart-attack survivor, or just getting on in age, then your CoQ10 levels may be inadequate.

Knowing your blood levels of CoQ10 is helpful in determining whether you need to take a CoQ10 supplement as well as if you’re absorbing adequate amounts from your supplement routine. Fortunately there is an affordable and easy way to test your CoQ10 levels.

CoQ10 Supplement – Do You Need It?

by on September 2, 2010
in Antioxidants

CoQ10 is a nutrient that everybody should be aware of since it is present in all the cells in your body. Coenzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant and is part of the cellular machinery that is responsible for providing energy for all your biological processes.

While this substance can be produced by the body and is naturally present in food your levels could be seriously compromised by disease, diet, age, strenuous exercise and prescription drugs. You wouldn’t run your car on empty nor should you run your body on low CoQ10.

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