Red Yeast Rice is a Statin Drug
The "active" compoundsin red yeast rice are known as monacolins, and are substances known to inhibitcholesterol synthesis. One type of monacolin, "monacolin K," is alsoknown as mevinolin or lovastatin.
Lovastatin, as you might now recognize, is the first statin drug to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it goes by the brand names of Mevacor and Altocor. So ifyou’re taking red yeast rice in the hopes of avoiding a statin drug --surprise!
They’re essentially the same drug.
Statin drugs work by inhibiting an enzyme in your liver that’s needed to manufacture cholesterol. What is so concerning about this is that when you go tinkering around with the delicate workings of your body, you risk throwing everything off kilter.
For starters, statin drugs deplete your body of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is beneficial to heart health and muscle function.
CoQ10 is a cofactor (co-enzyme) that is essential for a system of enzymes that create ATP molecules, which are needed for cellular energy production.
Organs, such as your heart, which have higher energy requirements therefore also need more CoQ10 to function properly.
Statins deplete your body ofCoQ10, which can have devastating results. And because doctors rarely inform people of this risk and advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement, as your body gets more and more depleted, it can lead to fatigue, followed by muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure.
Statin drugs have also beenlinked to:
· An increased risk of polyneuropathy (nerve damage that causes pain in the hands and feet and trouble walking)
· Cognitive impairment, including memory loss
· A potential increased risk of cancer
· Decreased function of your immune system
· Liver problems, including a potential increase in liver enzymes (so people taking statins must be regularly monitored for normal liver function)
And a possible association was even found between statins and an increased risk of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Your body needs cholesterol and high cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Arteriosclerosis is caused by multiple nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies prevent the arteries fromrepairing the inevitable damage caused by mechanical and oxidative stress. The body responds by laying down plaque in order to prevent the arteries from leaking. This process can be reversed by correcting the cause of the problem: the nutritional deficiencies. You must replace each of the missing nutrients and do so with therapeutic doses of each nutrient. Once you have resupplemented the required nutrients, your body will rebuild the arteries to their normal strong and flexible state. Since the plaque is no longer needed to prevent your arteries from leaking, your body uses natural processes to remove the plaque.
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