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Red Yeast Rice Safely Lowers Cholesterol

So here's a second study on red yeast rice (RYR) in as many posts (click HERE to read Thursday's post on RYR). In both studies, the researchers used very high doses of RYR, and this is surprising because the doses used are far higher than used in tradition medicine. This raises the risk of adverse effects, and in order to combat this, it would be wise to co-administer both CoQ10 and vitamin D3.

In this study,CoQ10 was also administered in combination with RYR, but at a shockingly low (fairy dust) levels. The researchers recruited 25 people with mildly elevated cholesterol levels to participate in their double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, which included a 4-week "stabilization diet," and then either RYR/CoQ10 supplements (providing 10 mg of statins and 10 mg of CoQ10) or placebo for another four weeks.

Compared to placebo, results showed that the RYR group had significant reductions in total cholesterol (12.5%), LDL cholesterol (22%), and non-HDL cholesterol. In addition, the level of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) 2 and 9--which have been reported to be increased in people after a heart attack, in people with unstable angina, and after coronary angioplasty--were significantly decreased after the 4 weeks of RYR. The researchers also measured high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP, an established and general marker of inflammation), which was also reduced by an average of 24%.

Source: Red yeast rice improves lipid pattern, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and vascular remodeling parameters in moderately hypercholesterolemic Italian subjects

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