Red yeast rice....works!!!
- 05-02-2007, 05:16 PM
Red yeast rice....works!!!
Six weeks ago my cholesterol was 344 and my DR wanted to put me on statins. With the help of this board, I found out about red yeast rice and my cholesterol has dropped to 253. All of my other numbers and triglcericides have improved as well.
I am very relieved because my DR was VERY adament about me taking these drugs and I was equally adament about not taking a drug whose side effects are my primary health issues...ie fatigue, malaise and joint pain.
Why dont DRs know this?????
- 05-02-2007, 05:56 PM
- 05-02-2007, 06:27 PM
05-02-2007, 09:21 PM
+ rep to Spinn for posting these results.
05-02-2007, 09:49 PM
I had my cholesterol at about 230, then slowly I got it to 213, 4/27/06
I started taking red yeast rice couple months ago, did not changed omega3's.
My new test shows cholesterol=153, everything else is acceptable also.
I do not remeber ever having such numbers.
Now 153 is as low as anybody wants to go, wonder is I should be taking red yeast rice every other day rather than current daily?
It may be working too well.
05-02-2007, 10:15 PM
05-03-2007, 09:38 AM
For High-Risk patients LDL < 100 mg/dL, and consideration should be given to lowering it to < 70 mg/dL.
For Moderately High-Risk patients < 100 mg/dL
For Low-Risk patients < 160 mg/dL
It looks like the red yeast rice works mostly on LDL, that is where the money is.
This are my results, test, desirable range, units, actual result
Cholesterol, Total <200mg/dL 153 was 213
HDL cholesterol >/=40mg/dL 43 was 48
cholesterol/HDL ratio <5.0 3.6 was 4.4
LDL chol, calculated <130 mg/dL 87 was 143
Triglycirides <150mg/dL 113 was 110
05-05-2007, 09:47 AM
Hate to break it to you, but as was stated earlier, you ARE on a statin drug if you take Red yeast rice. It contains lovastatin (brand name Mevacor) in a naturally occurring form. That does not make it bad though, it is lower in potency than a prescription strength would be (assuming you are on a "typical" dosage). Statin drugs can work wonders and have shown several promising results in cancer prevention also, you just need to know the risk/benefit ratio going into it. You should also supplement Conenzyme Q10 if on any statin as they deplete it.
05-05-2007, 06:07 PM
Super BioActive CoQ10 Ubiquinol
50 mg, 100 softgels
Item Catalog Number: 952
Super Bioactive Coq10 Ubiquinol, 50 Mg 100 Softgels
I take a one pill daily, is it enough??
I take NowFoods Red Yeast Rice 1200mg pills
one pill daily.
I used to take LEF Sytrinol
150 mg, 60 softgels
Item Catalog Number: 674
Sytrinol, 60 Softgels
with out much results, well cholesterol moved from 230 to 210.
but now it is at 153, I stopped Sytrinol.
05-05-2007, 07:29 PM
I take Swanson hydrosuluble CoQ10 Swanson Health Products - Q-Gel Mega 100
supposedly, it absorbs at 3 times the normal rate.
As for the statins.....I am not totally against them. I do admit that I took some satisfaction in my numbers going down when my DR said it wouldnt work Just ego I guess.
Also, I just bought a two month supply for $25. Lipitor costs I think $150 a month or so. Even if it is covered by insurance, it still drives all of our costs up. I see no reason to spend $150, even if its covered by insurance when $12.50 gets the job done.
05-05-2007, 09:03 PM
Idebenone is better than CoQ-10 (and cheaper if you can find the bulk powder....).
05-05-2007, 09:46 PM
Sounds interesting....I actually like the fact that it facilitates blood flow in the brain. I have a suspision that is an issue with me as well. It seems like piracetam, which I have tried a few times.
Strange thing with Piracetam was it worked great the first month I took it, not so well in successive months.
05-06-2007, 02:16 AM
Most sources say CoQ10 doses from 50 to 100mg/day is appropriate. As a few have stated there are supposed to be several "new" forms/products with increased absorbtion which should help even more (I know NOW just put one out) at the same dose. I know Idebenone is a stronger antioxidant, but does it fit into same the metabolic pathways as CoQ10? Not arguing, just have not checked on that. I think it is a metabolite of CoQ10, right? Even so, I guess I'll need to pull out the biochem books and take a look, huh.
05-06-2007, 02:30 AM
I agree...I do worry that Idebenone is synthetic.
We arent arguing....but is it really the same...or better?
05-06-2007, 12:04 PM
This isn't a huge worry but if you had a medical condition that caused you to stop breathing, then it's possible the CoQ10 would actually start damaging your heart.
With all that said, I usually just take CoQ10 myself.
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