'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says
|'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says||Darrell Miller||02/02/17|
February 02, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: 'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says
If you suffer from high cholesterol, you are probably being prescribed a statin. Along with the effectiveness of statins to treat cholesterol issues, there is also the risk of side effects such as muscle and liver damage. For a while, red yeast rice has been recommended as a natural alternativeto prescribed statins. However, it has recently been found that this alternative choice can also increase muscle and liver injury. This is believed to be due to the fact that the active ingredient in each is monacolin K.
- Red yeast rice could increase risk of muscle injury or liver damage, Italian researchers reported after reviewing 13 years of patient data.
- the compounds in red yeast rice -- monacolin K -- has the same chemical structure as the statin drug lovastatin [...] and cannot be sold legally as dietary supplements.
- Reports of muscle pain came from 19 patients, including some who experienced an increase in levels of creatine phosphokinase [...] The products are not as well-controlled and the dosages are variable
"Red yeast rice could increase risk of muscle injury or liver damage."