Wellness Therapies Chinese Cholesterol Control? I am ordering red rice yeast supplement from a Canadian store. Can you tell me what I should look for when purchasing this product? Is it safe? Andrew Weil, M.
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Wellness Therapies Chinese Cholesterol Control? I am ordering red rice yeast supplement from a Canadian store. Can you tell me what I should look for when purchasing this product? Is it safe? Andrew Weil, M. To give you a bit of background, in the FDA won a long legal battle to remove Cholestin from the market on the grounds that its primary ingredient is lovastatin, which had been approved as a prescription drug the cholesterol-lowering prescription medication Mevacor before Cholestin was introduced.
Cholestin and its active components come from a strain of red yeast cultivated on rice that has been used for centuries in China as a natural food flavoring and coloring agent. And it contains seven different statins, not just lovastatin. In my experience, the natural mixture of compounds is less toxic to the liver and muscles than isolated lovastatin. Although Pharmanex no longer can sell Cholestin made from red rice yeast extract in the United States, it can market the supplement elsewhere in the world, including Canada.
Be sure to check the label to verify that the product contains red rice yeast extract. It now contains policosanol from beeswax, which is not a statin and is not as effective as a cholesterol-lowering agent.
Incidentally, the federal ban applies only to Cholestin. Other brands of red rice yeast extract are still available in the U.
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Data provided in the report of Heber et al 2 indicate that Cholestin contains a large number of monacolins, ie, compounds of the statin class. Red Yeast Rice and Cholesterol Phar,anex also pharmqnex sterols and other components. Subscribe Free Magazine eNewsletter. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of Cookies help us to provide you with an excellent service. However, no data are available on the short- or long-term toxicity of the individual statins contained in Cholestin except for lovastatin.
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