CHOLESTEROL! That thing that you’ve been hearing about. Is it going to kill you? Is it not?
Facts About Cholesterol
- Cholesterol comes in two forms. Bad cholesterol which is called LDL and good cholesterol which is called HDL.
- There is no minimum for cholesterol. Your liver makes enough on its own. But unless you’re living a vegan lifestyle, you’re bound to consume some cholesterol. And if you’re going to, you want it to be the good kind. There has recently been some research done in areas suggesting that cholesterol under 160 mg/dl may be linked to certain cancers and depression.
- Even your children can have high cholesterol. Plaque builds up in childhood, so a diet high in LDLs means your children might have problems already starting. It’s the saturated and trans-fats that you need to watch out for.
- After menopause, women’s cholesterol begins to rise. Well, LDL levels rise, while your good cholesterol (HDL) drops off.
So, you can lower your bad cholesterol through healthy food choices. But sometimes that’s not enough. Some people are genetically predisposed to high bad cholesterol, in that their bodies don’t process it as well as others. In these circumstances, there are several options for you, but the best has to be red yeast rice.
Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast Rice is a substance of rice that been extracted and fermented with a special kind of yeast. It’s used as a natural dye and as a medicine in China for centuries. Red Yeast Rice contains a chemical called lovastatin, which is very similar to statin – a drug given out by doctors to lower cholesterol.
Red Yeast Rice is totally natural, its benefits are many due to the many contributing, cholesterol-lowering chemicals it possesses besides lovastatin. Monacolins are attributed with lowering cholesterol. So are sterols, isoflavones, and monounsaturated fatty acids. All Red Yeast Rice possess.
Red Yeast Rice is marketed both as a supplement and as a drug. Both of these are actually true. Lovastatin is actually used in a prescription drug, which is the cause of the debate. In fact, the company that uses it in its prescription medication (the company in question is Mevacor) argues that it has the rights to lovastatin, which might be why natural alternative medication are removed from shelves or issued cease-and-desist letters from the FDA.
You must be wary of certain Red Yeast Rice, because some companies have included citrinin in their blends. Citrinin does lower cholesterol, but can also cause kidney failure in rats. So make sure to avoid bottles that mention it. That said, a favourite Red Yeast Rice product is CholestePro which combines several other cholesterol lowering ingredients to encourage health.
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