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 Posted 4/5/2011 3:52:49 AM
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Dear Folks,

I would like to share some of my experiences with Red Yeast Rice (from Bluebonnet).

2 years ago my blood analysis showed a horrible cholesterol , I had 333 mg/dl for LDl and only 65 mg/dl for HDL.
My doctor is not really a big fan of statines, so he said to try first with fish oil supplements. I took everyday one capsule of Omega-3, Mega GLA and Mega EPA/DHA.

Then after a year (beginning 2010) I got again a blood analysis and my LDL was already down to 268 and my HDL up to 76.

Now my doctor advised me to start using red yeast rice combined with Cq-10. So I started to use 1200 mg of red yeast rice and 100 mg of Cq-10 (and continue the fish oil supplements).

Last week (after 1 year of red yeast rice)  , I got again a blood analysis and guess what ? My LDL dropped to 218 and my HDL went up to 85 ! (note that my triglycerides also went down from 190 to 70mg/dl).

My doctor is very happy and I'm happy that I don't have to take statines.

I'm now continue these supplements and I'll see what my results will be next year.


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 Posted 4/5/2011 6:08:43 AM
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Red yeast rice contains statins, which is why it works.
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The product I use is this one: http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01030/Red-Yeast-Rice.html .

I'm not sure you can say that it contains statines, to me the correct statement is that it works the same way as statines but this one is a natural source.

My doctor is a regular one but he is also following the orthomoleculair discipline, so before he put people on pharmaceutical drugs he will first see if it cannot be solved via supplements.
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It contains statins, including one identical to a patented product, which is how it got into trouble with the FDA. (The FDA doesn't care about our health, only the profits of drug companies.) So if it's the same drug, doesn't matter what the source is. And the inclusion of CoQ10 in some of these products (eg, Bluebonnet CholesteRice) is a recognition that the problems are the same.
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 Posted 4/6/2011 5:53:51 AM
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Another cholesterol-lowering substance is beta sitosterol. The drug companies tried to synthesize and patent the molecule responsible but so far have been unable to do so thankfully so this wonderful natural product is still cheap and easy to get. I've seen several studies that claim the combination of beta sit and red yeast rice is a very potent way to manage cholesterol.
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The FDA sent out warnings that Red Yeast Rice can not contain the ingredient that lowers cholesterol because it's identical to the prescription drug.  Some companies sell it not claiming any cholesterol lowering benefits, or any other benefit for that matter, and have  been able to fly under the FDA radar even though it may contain some. Any reputable supplement company is going to abide by the FDA warning and not carry it.  For this reason there is no standardized product on the market so quality and purity are a concern.

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Any reputable supplement company is going to abide by the FDA warning and not carry it.  


Here is a link about the FDA warning.


The popular red yeast supplements that tout cholesterol-lowering abililties, vary dramatically depending on brand.  Some brands contain much less of the active ingredient proven to be scientifically effective; others contain contaminants, according to new analysis by ConsumerLab.  Four of the 10 products ConsumerLab tested contained a toxic substance called citrinin.  “Our research indicates that consumers need to be very careful when choosing red yeast rice products, because we found a 100-fold variation in the amount of active compounds across the products,” Dr. Tod Cooperman, the president of the White Plains, New York-based independent testing company, told Reuters Health.


Citrinin is a mycotoxin that can cause liver and kidney damage.

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What do you mean now ? Are the bluebonnet products bogus ? Why are LEF selling them? And how comes my LDL really went down  that much ?

I mean Red Yeast Rice is something thats freely available in Europe ( I buy it in the US because its much cheaper, thank you Euro ;-) )
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Am not aware of any research indicating that Bluebonnet's products are "bogus."  Life Extension does sell some Bluebonnet products online and in the Florida store, however, they are not a part of our mail order catalog.  The member above mentioned the inclusion of coenzyme Q10 in a Bluebonnet red yeast rice product as recognition of that company's acknowledgement that red yeast rice, having a mechanism of action similar to statins, might cause similar side effects as statin drugs. 

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Is there any reason that LEF does not include red yeast rice in any of it's formulations?
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