This “Solution” Offers Few Benefits and Serious Consequences
You may have already experienced it — you walk into your doctor’s office for a regular checkup, and you walk out with a prescription for a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
I hear from readers all the time about “pushy” doctors who are seemingly relentless in their attempts to get their patients on statins, even when they’re in near perfect health! You can blame this on the exhaustive efforts Big Pharma has put forth to get as many Americans as possible on these dangerous drugs. They have “trained” doctors to falsely believe that statins are useful as a prevention tool, when in reality some experts believe that 99 out of 100 people taking them are receiving no benefits whatsoever.
According to integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, “Statins should only be used in populations that get the most reward — which is middle-aged men with diagnosed coronary artery disease, those with familial hypercholesterolemia, and perhaps a minimal percentage of women.”
You may have heard the recent news about revisions to the statin prescribing guidelines that could DOUBLE the amount of Americans taking them. That means at your next checkup, the pressure to start taking a statin may be even greater.
Why You Should Be Wary of Big Pharma’s Cholesterol “Solution”
Emerging research 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 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.
No Benefits…but Lots of Side Effects
Many people experience fatigue, aches and pains, general muscle soreness and headaches within days of beginning to take cholesterol-lowering medications. Many report memory loss, weakness, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and liver problems. However, what is extremely scary is that these medications can actually kill you! According to the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, “statins have killed and injured more people than the government has acknowledged.”
Depleting a Vital Nutrient Your Body Needs
It is widely known that in blocking cholesterol production in the liver, cholesterol-lowering medications also severely deplete your body’s natural levels of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which can be very dangerous. A Columbia University study found that within 30 days of taking a statin, your levels of CoQ10 can be decreased by half! Not only does CoQ10 help your heart, it boosts cellular energy throughout your entire body, fights fatigue and supports healthy brain function. CoQ10 depletion is to blame for many of the side effects associated with statins, including fatigue, muscle pain, weakness and memory loss.
Do Your Heart a Favor — Try Natural Options First
Research has shown that cholesterol imbalance is not the only risk factor when it comes to heart health, and that a more comprehensive approach is the best long-term solution. The best things you can do for your heart are to exercise, eat well and manage stress. However, making lifestyle changes is often easier said than done. That’s why I recommend supporting your heart health with specific dietary supplements as part of a conjunctive strategy. CoQ10, resveratrol, pine bark extract, omega-3s, vitamin D3 and B vitamins are among my top picks for overall heart protection.
But without a doubt, when it comes to promoting healthy cholesterol balance, the most promising by far 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 and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have proven that naturally occurring compounds found in red yeast rice effectively balance cholesterol ratios quickly and with no side effects.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, red yeast rice:
- Reduced LDL cholesterol by 21%
- Reduced total cholesterol by 15%
- Was tolerated by an amazing 92% of participants
- Reduced the risk of a repeat heart attack by 45%
- Lowered triglycerides by an average of 15%-25%
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
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 easy-to-remember tips:
- Choose organic red yeast rice because it has been found to be the most effective and free of any potential toxins.
- 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.
- Look for a supplement that contains synergistic ingredients, the most essential of these ingredients being CoQ10, which is needed to strengthen the heart and to avoid CoQ10 depletion.
- Always look for a supplement made in the USA in an FDA inspected facility that meets the stringent standards of US Pharmacopeia (USP).
- 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.
The Red Yeast Rice I Recommend
I have genetically high cholesterol but I plan to never take a statin drug. I focus a lot on my diet, exercise and stress reduction, and I have a comprehensive dietary supplement regimen that includes red yeast rice. The red yeast rice supplement that I personally take and recommend is called RED-Q10™.
Of course, I must disclose that I developed RED-Q10 after doing extensive research on natural ways to support heart health working with the Scientific Advisory Board at my company, Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium grade dietary supplements for nearly 20 years. So naturally, I believe it’s truly the best product available. It‘s made with 1,200 mg of organic red yeast rice that’s cultivated right here in the USA. It also features a potent dose of 100 mg of KanekaQ10™, which is the purest, most effective and absolute best CoQ10 ingredient available. I also added resveratrol for its heart-protecting antioxidant benefits and pine bark extract, which enhances the cholesterol-balancing effects of red yeast rice.
There’s a special promotion going on right now and you can get RED-Q10 for as low as $16.50 per bottle, which is a great deal, and makes this superior red yeast rice formula 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 heart health depends on it! You can also peruse our archive of articles on red yeast rice on LiveInTheNow.com.
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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Article updated on: November 18th, 2013