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A Simple Cholesterol Solution Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

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Cholesterol Last year alone, an estimated 30 million Americans spent over $34 billion on cholesterol-lowering medications. By some estimates, 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are on a statin drug, with prescriptions being written at a rate of 20,000 per hour.

According to a growing number of experts, however, very compelling scientific evidence suggests that more than 90% of these people do not even need to be on these drugs!

The Unspoken Dangers of Statin Drugs

Aside from being less effective than once thought, within days of taking a statin, it’s not uncommon for users to experience fatigue, aches, pains and general muscle soreness.

Many report memory loss, headaches, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. But what is extremely scary, though rarely discussed, is that statins can kill. As USA Today reported, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen claims, “Statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.”[1]

Statins Raise Diabetes Risk

Recently the FDA announced that new safety language will be added to the label on statin drugs warning about increased risk of high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes among statin users.[2] A New York Times op-ed written by Dr. Eric Topol, the former chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the famed Cleveland Clinic, states that the new FDA diabetes warning is serious and attention must be paid. Dr. Topol states: “In the vast majority of people who take statins — those who have never had any heart disease — there should be a careful review of whether the statin is necessary, in light of the risk of diabetes and the relatively small benefit that can be derived.”

Statins and Exercise: A Classic Catch-22

Most doctors who write a statin prescription will advise you to engage in regular exercise. But one of the common side effects of taking statin drugs is muscle fatigue and soreness. And there is growing evidence that the more vigorously you exercise while taking statins, the more common this side effect occurs.

What’s more, in a recent French study, for mice that were exercised on treadmills, muscle oxidative stress was more than 226% higher among animals that received statins. And biopsies showed evidence of dysfunction in cell mitochondria, the mechanisms that generate a cell’s power.[3]

Statin Drugs Are Simply Not as Effective as Once Thought

More and more research evidence is showing that statins are not the wonder drugs they were once thought to be. Their effects wear off quickly if you stop taking them; they do little to raise good cholesterol; and while they make your “numbers” look good, they actually do little to decrease your risk of cardiovascular-related death.

In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that for every 10,000 people, there were only 271 fewer cases of heart disease,[4] proving that statin drugs are less effective than once thought. At the same time, the study showed that there were many more side effects than expected.

So all of this Big Pharma marketing hype is for a class of drugs that helps less than 3% of those using the drug, and causes side effects ranging from uncomfortable to deadly!

Statins Deplete a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs

There’s more bad news for those taking statin drugs. Statins severely deplete levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which puts your heart in grave danger, because it needs CoQ10 for optimal performance. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days of statin therapy, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half.[5]

Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts energy throughout your system and helps fight fatigue. In addition, CoQ10 helps to reduce muscle-related pain and weakness, which are major side effects of statin drugs.

The Natural Solution for Balanced Cholesterol Levels

Big Pharma does not want you to know this, but hundreds of clinical studies published in prestigious medical journals, such as the Annals of Internal Medicine[6] and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,[7] have shown that naturally occurring compounds found in red yeast rice, an important traditional food throughout Asia, are one of the most effective ways to balance cholesterol quickly and with no side effects. Sadly, you may not even know about red yeast rice because few doctors have the time to keep up on the latest research, especially when a natural compound is involved.

Not All Red Yeast Rice Is Equal

While red yeast rice is an amazingly effective natural remedy, purchasing low-quality red yeast rice may actually cause more harm than good, so it is essential to know what to look for. Here are four important tips:

1. Choose organic red yeast rice since it is found to be the purest and most effective.

2. It is important to choose a product that has been carefully processed to remove a potential toxin called citrinin, a by-product of the red yeast rice fermentation process.

3. Always look for a supplement made in the United States in an FDA inspected facility and one that meets the stringent standards of US Pharmacopeia (USP).

4. To get an effective daily dose, read the label on the bottle to ensure it contains 1,200 mg of pure red yeast rice. Anything less and you will not be taking a clinically effective dose.

The Purest, Most Effective Red Yeast Rice Money Can Buy

The red yeast rice supplement that I personally recommend is called RED-Q10®.

Use this link to take advantage of this special offer.

Of course, I must disclose that I developed RED-Q10 after doing extensive research on red yeast rice, so naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available. RED-Q10 provides 1,200 mg of pure, organic red yeast rice and is enhanced with 100 mg of KanekaQ10® CoQ10, 50 mg of standardized resveratrol and 5 mg of standardized pine bark extract, for synergistic cardiovascular health benefits.

RED-Q10 is made in a FDA-inspected facility for quality you can trust, and on a monthly basis I personally inspect this facility to make sure that my rigorous quality standards are being met. RED-Q10 is a premium grade supplement you can trust.

And guess what? There’s a special promotion going on now and you can get RED-Q10 for as low as $14.95 per bottle plus free shipping, which is a great deal, and makes this superior red yeast rice more affordable than many discount brands. However, don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to shop around and make sure that you are purchasing the best red yeast rice product you can get — your health depends on it!

Use this link to take advantage of this special offer.


Scientific References:

1. http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-08-20-statin.htm

2. http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/29/fda-warns-statin-users-of-memory-loss-and-diabetes-risks/

3. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/do-statins-make-it-tough-to-exercise/

4. Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C. Individualising the risks of statins in men and women in England and Wales: population-based cohort study. Heart. 2010;96:939-47 doi:10.1136/hrt.2010.199034.

5. Rundek T et al. Atorvastatin Decreases the Coenzyme Q10 Level in the Blood of Patients at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Arch Neurol. 2004;61:889-92.

6. Becker D et al. Red Yeast Rice for Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients. Ann Intern Med. 2009;150;12;830-39.

7. Heber D et al. Cholesterol-lowering effects of a proprietary Chinese red-yeast-rice dietary supplement. AJCN. 1999 Feb; 69;2:231-36.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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33 responses to “A Simple Cholesterol Solution Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About”

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  2. […] In a study published in the December 2012 issue of Complementary Therapies in Medicine, researchers from the Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences discovered that RYR significantly reduced total cholesterol, as well as low density lipoprotein (LDL), known as “bad” cholesterol. Additionally, it had a favorable effect on triglycerides and high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol. Also Read A Simple Cholesterol Solution Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About […]

  3. Barbara Fenton says:

    I take your CO-Q10 and am on Lovastatin 20mg. Do I need to take RED-Q10 also? Please advise and thank you.

    • Casie Terry says:

      Hi Barbara,

      It’s best to speak with your physician about this matter. Typically you would not want to take a red yeast rice supplement at the same time you’re taking a statin, but some physicians recommend a reduced dosage or complementary therapy–it just depends on the individual and his or her scenario.

  4. georgia says:

    I took oat bran,in fact, ate 4 muffins daily that had been made with oat bran, and took a capsule of plant phytosterols with 2 meals a day, and lowered my cholesterol in a few weeks. Now, I use oat bran, and rice bran, which was found to work even better, or along with oat bran to lower cholesterol. I still take plant phytosterol capsules with my 2 meals heaviest in fats. It prevents clogged arteries, too. georgia
    I will not take statins, or red yeast rice, same problems, not really a benefit to humans, I think. Yes, my Dr. tried to get me to take statins, said he took them! hahah, I am sure he did. Fell for his own Medical Model System!

  5. georgia says:

    I took oat bran in 4 muffins a day, or 1 or 2, and oat bran in other foods, like soups or breads. Now, I found that rice bran lowers cholesterol also, so I combine them, or take them in different food items, rice bran works better, with less rice bran, but I liked the muffins. I also take a plant phytosterol capsule with 2 of my heaviest meals each day. georgia

  6. Red Yeast Rice did nothing for me, although I do take CoQ10 and Resveratrol. I am a steadfast Stop Aging Now client, too. It bears mention that a recent (?) discovery, Policosanol, will reduce cholesterol significantly, but not by itself. I am amused by the fact that certain producers of cholesterol reducing supplements are begining to incorporate it their ingredients. I am hopeful that Stop Aging Now will follow.

  7. Roger Ervast says:

    I have been taking statins for years. My most recent one was simvastatin 40 mg. Last year I tried taking Red Yeast Rice with Niacin and CoQ10 for 3 months and stopped the statin. I had a physical and blood results showed cholesterol was below 240. So I continued this regimen and no statin. I changed jobs and moved this year. Before I moved, my schedule allowed me to develop the good habit of taking 2 walks daily for a total distance of about 3 miles. After relocating I pretty much cut the daily exercise routine back to maybe 2 days a week rather than 7. My next physical showed cholesterol was back up to about 250. Triglycerides and LDL were also elevated so I reluctantly re-started the simvastatin on my doctor’s request. Meanwhile, I received an email from Dr. Michael Eade’s blog citing studies done in Australia and elsewhere on the benefits or lack thereof from statins. It seems this has always been a point of contention in the healthcare field as far as statin benefits versus side effects. The cholesterol scare that was generated years ago was based on sketchy science and cherry-picked test results and funded and prodded along by Big Pharma. The latest independent studies showed a very limited age range where statins seemed to help. It also seemed to say if a person does not have any heart health negative history that statin use over age 40 or 50 in men did nothing to help avoid early death from heart disease versus not taking statins. So, I decided to stop the statins again and resume an exercise regimen which is never a bad thing to do unless I had a condition where exercise wasn’t allowed. I continued the Red Yeast Rice also. I am 65 years old and have the dreaded “metabolic syndrome” with high BP for which I take Lisinopril and HCTZ and pre-diabetes for which I take metformin. I am pretty much screwed pharmaceutically.

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  9. Esther says:

    I began taking REDQ10 5 months ago and also started the Dean Ornish diet…all veggies, no oil or saturated fats. I’ve lost 15 lbs, and my overall cholesterol went down 80 points after 3 months. By now it may even be lower. I do wish the COQ10 in this product was the Ubinquinol version which is much better for older folks.

    • Rosario Guzzi says:

      Right on, Esther! Ubinquinol is better for this guy. Be wary of the red yeast rice, as Corn advises. My salvation occurred about 50 years ago when I opted
      for a breakfast “smoothie,” one whose contents will surprise you: 8 oz. yogurt or any kind, fruit that’s fresh or previously frozen (Wyman’s Maine blueberries) cup of almond milk (or less if you desire a thick shake) AND 2-3 tblspns. of Lewis Labs
      Brewer’s Yeast (Swanson is good, but Lewis best).
      that last additive is absolutely key. It’s all in how the hops are grown. Read the Lewis label and see.

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  12. Frieda. says:

    Thank you so very much for the excellent advise you share,
    My hands are swollen and hurt a lot have also finger spurs,Take vitamin d andOmega 3 fish oils3 @1000 mg,also Tylenol as I am allergic to Aspirin
    Any Sugestions.
    Read any of your advises. Thank you very much Frieda

  13. Frieda. says:

    Thank you so very much for the excellent advise you share,
    My hands are swollen and hurt a lot have also finger spurs,Take vitamin d andOmega 3 fish oils3 @1000 mg,also Tylenol as I am allergic to Aspirin
    Any Sugestions.
    Read any of your advises. Thank you very much Frieda

  14. II am taking Lipitor for over 20 years I just stopped taking my glucose went down over 20 points

  15. David James says:

    Very biased article. As a physician not associated with any drug company, I did my own small study 10 yrs ago with Red yeast rice on over 50 patients. It was no more effective for cholesterol reduction than placebo and had it’s own set of side effects. Be careful evaluating anyone promoting their own products. Yes, statins have issues and I have greatly reduced my prescribing of them, not because they are dangerous but it appears they are not as effective in reducing CV events as they are in reducing cholesterol. Regular aerobic exercise is probably the best treatment available.

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      David,
      Thank you for your participation in this discussion. We certainly understand your point of view and appreciate your experience. But, we think that is important to note that people respond differently to different therapies and not all red rice supplements are created equal. Many studies, including the randomized, double-blinded placebo controlled trial Becker D et al. 2009 cited above (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/195285620) have found that red yeast rice is an effective method for managing cholesterol levels.

  16. Mark Tanenbaum says:

    What Mr. Corn failed to mention, is that the FDA made the manufacturers of red yeast rice remove the one active ingredient in it…the naturally produced statin “Mevacor”. By removing the Mevacor, it renders the red yeast rice ineffective in lowering one’s cholesterol.

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Mark,
      Thank you for your participation in this discussion. The lipid lowering effect of red yeast rice occurs from two factors: 1) mevinolin and 2) increasing the excretion of bile acids by the liver, thereby increasing the utilization of cholesterol for the synthesis of additional bile. Here is an example of a research study on the second mechanism http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19950521.

  17. C Chemplavil says:

    Why is it not labeled as an advertisement for REDQ-10?

  18. PAUL Dragotto says:

    wish you guys had come out with this sooner. i have 5 bottles of max co Q10, 200mg. can you just get the red yeast rice in a difernat supliment?

    • Carolyn Banach, MS, RD says:

      Paul,
      Stop Aging Now sells a stand alone Organic Red Yeast Rice supplement which you can find here: http://www.stopagingnow.com/RYR/Red-Yeast-Rice-Extract-Organic.

      This can be taken along with the Max-Q10.

  19. Bo Flygare says:

    I stopped taking Crestor after I herd that statin drugs
    Have accelerate the incidence of Alhimer’s as the brain needs a steady supply of cholesterol to function properly. The Doctor that said this pointed out that 40 years ago alhimer’s was extremely rare. That was before statin drugs. Bo Flygare

  20. Doc X says:

    I am a preventive medicine cardiologist, not supported by “Pharma”.

    These are the facts. They are incontrovertible.

    1. It is illegal to have statistically significant amounts of monacolin K (Lovastatin) in RYR supplements sold in the US. Source: FDA

    2. The statins atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin do indeed have research studies which show regression (reduction) of cholesterol plaques in coronary arteries. Sources: ASTEROID study, SATURN study.

    3. Studies dating back to the early 1990’s demonstrate that statin therapy DO reduce coronary events. Source studies: 4S, AFCAPS/TexCAPS.

    4. In 2014-2015, the vascular benefit of niacin therapy is currently in question and may have serious side effects. In one study (2014), death risk was 9% increased in the niacin group (was not considered statistically significant).

    SO:
    If you feel better when taking a RYR supplement, since there is really nothing significantly metabolically active or useful in it, it probably is not harmful, and go for it. But don’t put out biologically and scientifically inaccurate information. That is unseemly and incongruent with professionalism.

    In addition, I wish that alternative/complementary practitioners would please stop talking about “things your doctor wont tell you” as if there was a field of secret knowledge. Doctors want to provide the best and safest care available. THERE IS NO SECRETS BEING HELD FROM YOU.

    Health and Wellness to you all,

    Doc X