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Q: Improving cholesterol numbers with red yeast rice and Benefiber or equivalent

A friend has been using red yeast rice and Benefiber for about 6 months. Her doctor was impressed with a 25% drop in LDL from 205 to 153 and a raise of HDL from 35 to 38. Is there any logic to this combination? 

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David, Community Member
4/12/09 4:18pm
Red Yeast Rice Extract will, indeed, lower one's cholesterol. It is essentially a naturally occurring "statin-like" compound. It is effective and is "natural". What people don't realize is that is has the same "potential" side-effects as the "man-made" prescription statins. One should monitor their liver enzymes (AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, and bilirubin) as well as their muscle enzymes (CPK - creatinine phosphokinase) periodically, just as one should who is taking a prescription medication to be careful. Also, if one is taking a prescription STATIN, one SHOULD NOT add red yeast rice extract as you will simply be increasing the effective "statin" dose and thus, would be increasing the likelihood of potentially harmful side-effects. The soluble fiber in Benefiber is harmless if not "over-done". Good luck. Reply
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By JOSH, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/08/10, First Published: 12/04/08