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Replacing statin with supplement to lower cholesterol


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Four months ago I began taking a daily supplement, Chinese red yeast rice, to lower my cholesterol.

Previously, I had experienced some cognitive side effects from both Lipitor and Crestor, so I was trying something new under the direction of my primary physician. My physician specializes in women's medicine, treats older patients, and believes in using nutritional remedies when appropriate.

She recommended that I buy the red yeast rice capsules from a company that creates 'prescription level' supplements. Supposedly, the supplements are manufactured to the same standards of quality as prescription medications.

It took me a while to learn to take the supplement with food - or else I would experience heartburn. Otherwise, I was not aware of any other side effects.

This week is when I received the results of the blood tests after taking the supplement for four months - and I learned that the red yeast rice supplement did, indeed, lower my cholesterol from the 250s to 190.

I plan to continue using it.









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KALIGIRL 3/22/2013 2:05PM

    I guess!
Wonderful news!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/22/2013 1:04PM

    My husband's boss uses this. It's fantastic. I refuse to take statins but would this.

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NORASPAT 3/22/2013 9:16AM

    Excellent. Thanks for your comments, I am happy you found your solution. I will talk again to my PC and ask her about it. She prescribed I take Niacin and Fish oil. Fish oil was not agreeing with me. I switched to Krill oil and there has been little change. Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 3/22/2013 12:17AM

    That is a significant decrease! Congratulations

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NASFKAB 3/21/2013 9:07PM

  great

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/21/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon That is so emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/21/2013 7:05PM

    That IS great news! And thanks for the info!!!!
My Dr took me off my statin 6 months ago. I'll be interested to see how my tests come out in another 6 months.
It's good to have an alternate plan!!!

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DEBRITA01 3/21/2013 6:42PM

    Great news...thanks for sharing this info! emoticon

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CARRAND 3/21/2013 5:52PM

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IMPROVINGME 3/21/2013 2:48PM

    So glad to read that this supplement worked out for you!
I experienced some painful muscular side-effects from Lipitor, and I would like to get off of the Pravastatin that I am now taking. I really appreciate your reports on the Chinese red yeast rice.
Best wishes for continued success!
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