A real alternative to statins that works
Another day, another baseless attack on supplements.
The mainstream has launched an all-out war on red yeast rice, a natural therapy that can help lower cholesterol without many of the risks of drugs.
The secret, of course, is that red yeast rice naturally contains very low levels of monacolin K, a substance that closely resembles a statin drug.
Now, a new report claims to have tested 28 brands of red yeast rice from four major retailers -- Walgreens, Walmart, GNC, and Whole Foods -- and found that the levels of monacolin K vary from brand to brand and aren't listed on the label.
They're acting as if this is some kind of crime.
I'm not sure what the big deal is.
Of course they will vary. Different brands use different formulations.
And as for those labels, there's a reason you won't find monacolin K listed.
They're not allowed to even mention it!
It's a dirty little trick from Big Pharma's pals at the FDA. The agency claims monacolin K is so similar to a statin drug that it actually IS a drug -- and if red yeast rice contains more than "trace" levels, it's considered adulterated with a pharmaceutical.
Yes, it's "adulterated" with itself!
That's fine since most patients get big results -- and minimal side effects -- from even those trace levels.
But what's NOT fine is the fear-mongering and grandstanding the mainstream is pulling over this analysis.
They made all these wild and alarming claims about 28 products but didn't supply a single name!
The also claimed that five of the formulas tested contained more than "trace levels" of monacolin K, although three only barely topped those amounts. Two of them, they claimed, contained the same amount of monacolin K as would be found in a prescription drug, although the amount matches a dose so low few patients are given it.
In any case, if these researchers were TRULY concerned about the health and safety of American consumers, they would have tested multiple batches AND provided the names of each brand tested along with those results.
So, let me do what they didn't and give you the real scoop on red yeast rice supplements.
I've recommended this natural treatment to my own patients for years now, and I have the test results to prove it delivers on the promise of low cholesterol. I've also seen that it works in many patients without the notorious risks of statin drugs.
So, if your cholesterol is a little high and you haven't had much luck bringing it down on your own, don't be afraid to ask a holistic medical doctor about red yeast rice from a trusted manufacturer.
It just might save you from a lifetime of cholesterol meds.