Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Better Choice Than Statin Drugs – Red Yeast Rice

There is a lot of dispute about taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol due to the numerous side effects that patients experience.

Well, there’s now a natural option that has research behind it. In a study led by Dr. David Becker at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Pennsylvania, patients had extremely high LDL levels. They had all taken statin drugs, but had stopped because of the side effects. Half the group took 1800 mg of red yeast rice twice a day for 24 weeks, while the other half took a placebo.

The average drop in LDL cholesterol was 43 points. The placebo group dropped an average of 11 points. The only side effects were infrequent, mild headaches and abdominal discomfort. If you have liver disease, don’t take red yeast rice.

This is a better track record than statin drugs, at a lower price tag and much lower risk of side effects. So…head to your local health foods store and give Red Yeast Rice a whirl.

(Reported American Association for Health Freedom ezine– 2009)

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