husband has very high cholesterol

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   Posted 5/2/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anybody knew if Red Rice Yeast that contains Lovastatin can be purchased online. I am reading that the Red Rice Yeast here in the United States has had the active ingredient removed several years ago. I am not sure why they still sell Red Rice Yeast then? I am confused. Even though it would be unregulated in dosage, my husband would prefer taking something "natural" versus giving any money to Big Pharma. Thanks!

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   Posted 5/3/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Minx,

To the best of my knowledge, red yeast rice is the product of yeast ( Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. One of these, "monacolin K," is a potent inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, and is also known as mevinolin or lovastatin (MevacorĀ®, a drug produced by Merck & Co., Inc).

Red yeast rice extract has been sold as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent in over the counter supplements, such as Cholestin TM (Pharmanex, Inc). However, there has been legal and industrial dispute as to whether red yeast rice is a drug or a dietary supplement, involving the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the pharmaceutical industry (particularly producers of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor prescription drugs or "statins").

I would talk with your husband's physician before using this product for safety reasons.

Take care,


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   Posted 5/3/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt

My husband's doc is not up on Red Rice Yeast. He would have to get to an Alternative doc to discuss it and that would take some time before he gets there. Thanks again.
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