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Why You Should Avoid Big Pharma’s Cholesterol Meds


Statin Drugs If you’re over the age of 45, you should not take your heart health for granted. Heart disease is responsible for the deaths of 1 in 4 Americans.[1] Let me put that into perspective. Each year, heart disease kills more people than accidents, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, influenza, pneumonia and stroke — combined.

[2] And while there are many ways to keep your heart running strong, I would caution you to not fall into the trap of thinking that the pills your doctor recommends are a safe long-term solution. Sadly, the conventional strategy for balancing cholesterol and averting heart-related tragedy is deeply flawed.

Remember That Your Heart Is Your Engine

Your heart is literally the “engine” that powers your entire body. It works day in and day out to circulate oxygen and crucial nutrients, and on average, needs to beat about 100,000 times a day, which equates to tens of billions of times over the course of your life. This is a lot of work and can eventually strain your heart, arteries and veins. Factors such as poor diet and being overweight add to this strain, causing your heart to work even harder.

A Strong Heart Is Not Just About Living Longer

There’s no question that a poorly performing heart can lead to premature death. But suboptimal heart function can also result in “mystery” symptoms such as fatigue, chronic pain and decreased mental function, just to name a few. If you have nagging health problems that just won’t go away, there is a chance that the root cause can be found within your cardiovascular system.

Beware of Big Pharma’s Cholesterol-Lowering Pills

Big Pharma has developed a variety of pills aimed at “improving” cholesterol ratios and cardiovascular function. They spend billions each year on advertising and employ an army of sales reps who market directly to doctors. Unfortunately, their efforts are turning us into a nation of lifetime pill poppers. By some estimates, 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 are on a cholesterol-lowering drug, with prescriptions being written at a rate of 20,000 per hour. However, the shocking truth is that 99 out of 100 people do not even need these drugs, according to a growing number of experts!

Conventional Treatments Are Unsafe and Ineffective

Emerging research is showing that cholesterol medications 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 cardiovascular-related deaths. In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that less than 3% of people get any benefit, and the rest just get risks and complications.[3]

No Benefit…but Lots of Side Effects

Many people experience fatigue and aches and pains within days of beginning to take cholesterol-lowering medications. Many report memory loss, headaches, difficulty sleeping, dizziness and nausea. However, what is extremely scary is that some of these medications can actually cause serious problems including death. As USA Today reported, these drugs have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.[4]

Depleting a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs

It is widely known that cholesterol-lowering medications severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half.[5] Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts cellular energy throughout your entire body and fights fatigue. In addition, CoQ10 helps to reduce muscle pain and weakness, which are the most commonly reported side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Do Your Heart a Favor — Try Natural Options First

The best thing you can do for your heart is to exercise and eat well. However, making lifestyle changes is easier said than done — and even if you start today, it could take months or years to get back on track. That’s why I recommend specific dietary supplements as part of a conjunctive strategy for boosting your cardiovascular health quickly and safely. There are several great options out there, but without a doubt, the most promising is something called red yeast rice, which has been an important food staple throughout Asia for centuries.

A Strong Heart and Balanced Cholesterol

Big Pharma does not want you to know this, but dozens 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 effectively balance cholesterol ratios quickly and with no side effects. Unfortunately, many people do 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.

Buyer Beware: Not All Red Yeast Rice Is Created Equal

Like I said before, red yeast rice is one of the most effective ways to balance cholesterol ratios and support optimal heart function quickly and with no side effects. However, it’s critical to choose the right red yeast rice supplement.

Here are four easy-to-remember tips:

  1. Choose organic red yeast rice because it has been found to be the most effective and free of any potential toxins.
  2. Be sure to choose a red yeast rice supplement that also contains CoEnzyme Q10. Red yeast rice and CoQ10 are a match made in heaven when it comes to heart health.
  3. To get an effective daily dose, read the label on the bottle to ensure that it contains 1,200 mg of pure red yeast rice. Anything less and you will not be getting a clinically effective dose.
  4. Always look for a supplement made in a FDA-inspected facility that meets the stringent standards of US Pharmacopeia (USP).

The Red Yeast Rice I Recommend Most

I have genetically high cholesterol but I plan to never take a statin drug. I focus a lot on my diet, exercise and have a comprehensive dietary supplement regimen that includes red yeast rice.  The red yeast rice supplement that I personally take and recommend to others is Stop Aging Now’s RED-Q10®.

There’s a special promotion going on now and you can get RED-Q10 for as low as $14.95 per bottle, which is a great deal, and makes this superior red yeast rice formula more affordable than many discount brands. 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 natural ways to support heart health, so naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available, and here’s why:

• 1,200 mg of Organic Red Yeast Rice: This is a clinically effective dose that has been carefully processed to avoid the presence of any potentially toxic contaminants for maximum purity, safety and effectiveness.

• 100 mg of KanekaQ10™ CoQ10: Generic CoQ10 is often synthetic and not absorbed properly by the body. KanekaQ10™ is one of the most trusted brands of CoQ10 in the world. Cultivated in Texas, it is made with 100% natural trans-form CoQ10 that is bioidentical to that which is produced naturally within the body.

• 50 mg of Resveratrol: The resveratrol in my formula is standardized to have the potency of 25 glasses of heart healthy red wine (without any of the side effects of alcohol). Resveratrol offers powerful antioxidant protection for your entire cardiovascular system.

• 5 mg of Pine Bark Extract: This premium grade extract has been standardized for maximum effectiveness. Pine bark extract has been shown to be remarkably effective at strengthening blood vessels and capillaries and can synergistically enhance red yeast rice’s effectiveness.

• Quality You Can Trust: RED-Q10 is made in a FDA-inspected facility to meet the stringent standards of the US Pharmacopeia (USP) for quality, purity, potency and disintegration.

• It’s Affordable and Risk-Free: This amazing formula is available for as low as $14.95 per bottle, which is less than many discount, low quality brands. Plus it ships to you for free and comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right — take it for up to one year, and get a full refund if you don’t like it.

I also personally inspect the manufacturing facility where RED-Q10 is made to make sure my rigorous quality standards are being met to a tee. Lastly, I stand by this product 100%.

There’s a special promotion going on now and you can get RED-Q10 for as low as $14.95 per bottle, which is a great deal, and makes this superior red yeast rice formula more affordable than many discount brands. Use this link to take advantage of this special offer.

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 heart health depends on it!

Scientific References:



3. Hippisley-Cox J, Coupland C. Individualising the risks of statins in men and women in England and Wales: population-based cohort study. Heart. 2010;96:939-947 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;61:889-892.

6. Becker D, et al. Red Yeast Rice for Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients. Ann Intern Med. 2009;150;12;830-839.

7. Heber D, et al. Cholesterol-lowering effects of a proprietary Chinese red-yeast-rice dietary supplement. AJCN, Vol. 69, No. 2, 231-236, February 1999

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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6 responses to “Why You Should Avoid Big Pharma’s Cholesterol Meds”

  1. Jason says:

    The link above states a promotional price as low as $12.50 per bottle, but when you click on it, the lowest possible price is significantly higher at $16.50…

  2. William Adams says:

    I wish you had told me about this before I bought a 6 month supply of CoQ10 from you. You should make these products known at the same time so I don’t have to keep ordering different vitamins every time I get a new newsletter from you. I have previously ordered Brain Energizer and Max-Q10 which I take daily. I have  high cholestral because I had an Duodinal operation in the 70’s called a Vegotomy.
    Yours truly, William Adams

    • Hi William,

      SAN sells many different products for heart support, and they have serval different
      purposes. The 100 mg of CoQ10 in the Red-Q10 product is meant to compliment the red yeast rice and help avoid CoQ10 depletion, but it’s not what one would call a therapeutic dose of CoQ10. It is recommended that adults take 200-300 mg of CoQ10 daily, but many take up to 400 mg or more. You can take Red-Q10 and additional CoQ10, or just Red-Q10 – depending on your specific needs. If you ever have any questions about the products, the nutrition expert service can be a GREAT resource and can answer any questions. You can reach them at 1-800-627-9721. Or of course you can always post questions and comments here. I’m happy to help.

      -Joshua Corn

      • John Dennis says:

         I have tried the product but it did not lower my cholesterol much if at all.  This is why I went else where to try other products.  Most of the Stop Aging Now products that I have tried have done nothing for me.

  3. Ed7778 says:

    I tried SAN Red Yeast Rice, but it gave me diarrhea.  What are other alternatives?

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