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Old 12-08-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I got off statins a while back and started on this stuff to see if it would work. I take Niacin with it.

My question is: how much RYR should I be taking? It has lowered my cholesterol but not enough. Is anyone else taking this? How much do you take daily? and how much Niacin? I do NOT want any more cholesterol meds. But I don't want to mess up my liver or kidneys or anything either. I dropped 100 points bad cholesterol with 1200 mg a day RYR but its not enough.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I got off statins a while back and started on this stuff to see if it would work. I take Niacin with it.

My question is: how much RYR should I be taking? It has lowered my cholesterol but not enough. Is anyone else taking this? How much do you take daily? and how much Niacin? I do NOT want any more cholesterol meds. But I don't want to mess up my liver or kidneys or anything either. I dropped 100 points bad cholesterol with 1200 mg a day RYR but its not enough.
Info to help others understand red yeast rice

Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) - MayoClinic.com

Looks like the jury is still out on long term effects. Please consult with your physician!

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-man...red-yeast-rice
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I do NOT want any more cholesterol meds.

Why? If your doctor recommends that you take a statin (or whatever) and he monitors your use to ensure that it is doing no harm, why the dismissal?

What is the basis of your opinion? Are you more qualified than the thousands of PhDs and cardiologist MDs (and their hundreds of thousands of man-years of research) to make those decisions?
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Why? If your doctor recommends that you take a statin (or whatever) and he monitors your use to ensure that it is doing no harm, why the dismissal?

What is the basis of your opinion? Are you more qualified than the thousands of PhDs and cardiologist MDs (and their hundreds of thousands of man-years of research) to make those decisions?
You may not be aware of this, but some people do not tolerate statin drugs well at all.

In some cases, a side effect can be pain and stiffness in the leg muscles that is so bad it makes you feel crippled.

So while our OP's physician may have diagnosed her as someone who would benefit from statin's, the side effects may make taking them undesirable.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/statin-side-effects/MY0020 (broken link)

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-man...f-statin-drugs
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I am one of those who took a statin and developed muscle pains after a year or so. This is a counter-indicator as rhabdomyolisis (muscle destruction) can occur. I was put on Zeros but soon developed the same problem. Next was Niacin, also a no-go. After losing 115 lbs I no longer have a cholesterol problem.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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I am one of those who took a statin and developed muscle pains after a year or so. This is a counter-indicator as rhabdomyolisis (muscle destruction) can occur. I was put on Zeros but soon developed the same problem. Next was Niacin, also a no-go. After losing 115 lbs I no longer have a cholesterol problem.

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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The active ingredient in red yeast rice is lovastatin.

If you use red yeast rice, you are taking a statin.

Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) - MayoClinic.com

"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)."

Edited to add: I see I duplicated lovesMountains' link.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:29 PM
 
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The active ingredient in red yeast rice is lovastatin.

If you use red yeast rice, you are taking a statin.

Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) - MayoClinic.com

"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)."

Edited to add: I see I duplicated lovesMountains' link.
Well, great minds DO think alike!
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Well, great minds DO think alike!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Yeah, but isn't thee a signifcant difference between a natural supplement and a pharmaceutical? I don't know, I'm just asking. Wouldn't it be like the difference between valerian and valium?

My doctor gave me a sheet which told me how to reduce my cholesterol naturally. One of the supplements was Red Yeast Rice. I also take Niacin. She indicated that after a high cholesterol reading, that she would give me a year to work on reducing it naturally before resorting to statins. Interestingly enough, the sheet also contained things like eating nuts to increase your HDL. I really like when a doctor takes that approach rather than immediately resorting to writing a prescription!
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