It’s not clear that taking a red yeast rice product will help reduce VLDL cholesterol, a particularly dangerous type of cholesterol that’s been linked to heart and artery disease.
Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) September 29, 2012
Natural Health Sherpa revealed information about red yeast rice, saying that it is similar to statins not only in lowering LDL cholesterols, but also in its side effects. The website also stated that red yeast rice may not prevent cardiovascular diseases.
The distinct red color of this yeast comes from a mold called Monascus purpureus, says the website. Red yeast contains monacolin K, the “first prescription statin drug to be approved by the FDA. Monacolin K inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, the enzyme that transforms HMG-CoA to cholesterol,” details Natural Health Sherpa.
According to the health website, this compound is why red yeast rice can lower LDL cholesterols.
Even so, Natural Health Sherpa says that red yeast rice isn’t enough to prevent heart diseases. “The truth is, many experts now believe that total cholesterol means little when it comes to health. Instead, it’s more important to look at the whole picture: your levels of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, very-low density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides,” says Natural Health Sherpa.
Natural Health Sherpa explains that lowering LDL cholesterol does not guarantee that the risk for cardiovascular diseases will be lowered.
“It’s not clear that taking a red yeast rice product will help reduce VLDL cholesterol, a particularly dangerous type of cholesterol that’s been linked to heart and artery disease,” continues naturalhealthsherpa.com.
Furthermore, “many red yeast rice products may be ineffective, while others can cause the same harmful side effects as statin drugs,” the website warns.
Natural Health Sherpa also revealed that some side effects of red yeast rice include headaches, heartburn, dizziness, flatulence, and nausea. It is also possible to experience more serious side effects according to the website.
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