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FDA approved cholesterol-lowering (cho) therapies, collective called statins, lower cholesterol. This much we know. The challenge for many people is that FDA approved cholesterol lowering drugs can cause side-effects including weight gain, muscle pain, neurological effects, type-2 diabetes and more. If you want to lower your cho the question you must ask yourself is whether you can lower your cho without side-effects.
I understand the benefit of evidence-based non-conventional, non-toxic therapies because I’ve managed to stabilize and control all of my chemotherapy-induced side effects. Including serious heart damage.
The studies linked and excerpted below may be of interest to people who want to lower their cho but who cannot tolerate statin therapy.
According to the studies below:
My perspective in researching and writing the post is that of a long-term cancer survivor who’s conventional therapies left me with serious short, long-term and late stage side effects. Life threatening side effects. And the aggressive toxic therapies that damaged me did little to cure my cancer. It was a non-FDA therapy that put me into complete remission in 1999. I manage my complete remission and side effects with lifestyle and nutritional supplementation.
One of the therapies I take for my chemo-induced heart damage is CoQ10. The Red Yeast Rice formula, evaluated and approved by ConsumerLab.com, an independent testing service, found THORNE RESEARCH – Choleast (Red Yeast Rice) to provide lovastatins in a “clinically proven” range. While Thorn Research Red Yeast Rice formula may cost more than other formulations it contains CoQ10 along with lovastatins and other monacolins.
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“This meta-analysis assesses the effectiveness and safety of RYR preparations on lipid modification in primary hyperlipidemia…
The combined results showed significant reduction of serum total cho levels… triglycerides levels…and LDL-cho levels,… and increase of HDL-cho levels… by RYR treatment compared with placebo. The lipid modification effects appeared to be similar to pravastatin, simvastatin, lovastatin, atorvastatin, or fluvastatin. Compared with non-statin lipid lowering agents, RYR preparations appeared superior to nicotinate and fish oils, but equal to or less effective than fenofibrate and gemfibrozil…
“Objective: We evaluated the lipid-lowering effects of this red-yeast-rice dietary supplement in US adults separate from effects of diet alone…
Results: Total cho concentrations decreased significantly between baseline and 8 wk in the red-yeast-rice–treated group compared with the placebo-treated group… LDL cholesterol and total triacylglycerol were also reduced with the supplement. HDL cholesterol did not change significantly…
Conclusions: Red yeast rice significantly reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and total triacylglycerol concentrations compared with placebo and provides a new, novel, food-based approach to lowering cholesterol in the general population..”
“OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and tolerability of red yeast rice and therapeutic lifestyle change to treat dyslipidemia in patients who cannot tolerate statin therapy…
CONCLUSION:Red yeast rice and therapeutic lifestyle change decrease LDL cholesterol level without increasing CPK or pain levels and may be a treatment option for dyslipidemic patients who cannot tolerate statin therapy.”