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July 5, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
What can you tell me about red yeast rice? Is it really good for lowering cholesterol levels, and are there any side effects? Red yeast rice (RYR) can help in lowering cholesterol. In one study, researchers recruited people who had high cholesterol but had discontinued statin-type drugs because of muscle pain or weakness. They were randomized to RYR or a placebo. Those taking red yeast rice lowered both bad LDL and total cholesterol significantly and did not suffer serious side effects (Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2009)
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July 5, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
What can you tell me about red yeast rice? Is it really good for lowering cholesterol levels, and are there any side effects? Red yeast rice (RYR) can help in lowering cholesterol. In one study, researchers recruited people who had high cholesterol but had discontinued statin-type drugs because of muscle pain or weakness. They were randomized to RYR or a placebo. Those taking red yeast rice lowered both bad LDL and total cholesterol significantly and did not suffer serious side effects (Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2009)
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October 13, 2003 | Elena Conis
Red yeast rice is made by fermenting the fungus Monascus purpureus over red rice. The substance is then used in traditional Chinese medicine to improve blood circulation and spleen function. In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that a Utah company selling a red yeast rice extract had to remove the product, Cholestin, from the market, because it contained the chemical equivalent of the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin.
HEALTH
January 21, 2008
Re: ["Statin-Free Supplement? Not Quite," Jan.14] Two years ago, I was recovering from two life-threatening diseases. My endocrinologist was concerned about my cholesterol (275) but wanted me to try a natural alternative rather than another medication that might interfere with my other ones. He asked me to try red yeast rice. Three months later, my score was down to about 250. Six months later, it was down to 163. I've maintained it, with red yeast rice, under 200 since. I am grateful that a doctor who saved my life with the best that Western medicine has to offer suggested an Eastern medicine alternative that works so effectively.
HEALTH
January 14, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
Could you review red yeast rice? I've started taking it in an attempt to lower my cholesterol and stay off statins. Diana Sherman Oaks The products: Lowly fungi have an amazing ability to create compounds that have strong effects on humans (alcohol, hallucinogens and antibiotics, to name a few). As far back as the Tang dynasty in 800, the Chinese harvested a red extract produced by certain types of fungi growing on rice.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
Pharmanex in Simi Valley is disputing the Food and Drug Administration's conclusion that Pharmanex's Cholestin is an unapproved drug rather than a dietary supplement. The company said it will revive its lawsuit in federal district court in Utah to seek a ruling that will ensure continued availability of Cholestin to consumers. The FDA has agreed to an expedited court hearing, scheduled June 15 in Salt Lake City.
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May 18, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
A Utah federal district judge has issued a preliminary injunction against HPF LLC of Trevose, Pa., in response to a lawsuit filed by Pharmanex Inc. of Simi Valley, a developer of nutritional supplements. Pharmanex claims that confusing similarities exist between the packaging of Cholestene, a red yeast rice product manufactured by HPF, and the Pharmanex product Cholestin, which is designed to promote healthy cholesterol levels. U.S. District Judge Dale A.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
After reviewing information about Cholestin red yeast rice, which is marketed by Pharmanex Inc. of Simi Valley, a federal judge has temporarily overturned an FDA ruling that Cholestin is an unapproved drug. Based on the ruling in the Federal District Court of Utah that Cholestin is a dietary supplement, Pharmanex can continue to import red yeast rice, a fermented yeast found on rice that is ground and used as a staple in Asia. The company sells the yeast under the brand name Cholestin.
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May 4, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
Simi Valley-based Pharmanex Inc., which markets natural health supplements, has filed a lawsuit against HPF LLC of Trevose, Pa., in a Utah federal district court alleging trademark violations and unfair trade practices. Pharmanex officials said the suit stems from the similar packaging of Cholestene, a red yeast rice product manufactured by HPF, and the Pharmanex product Cholestin. Pharmanex alleges that the similarities make it confusing for consumers to distinguish between the two products.
NEWS
February 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Red yeast rice supplements, fish oil, folic acid, B vitamins. Supplements believed to be healthy for the heart might not be -- and could even be harmful. Those are the latest findings from a recent Consumer Reports guide that recommends seeing a doctor before taking any heart supplements. First off, the report "Heart supplements: Proceed with caution" advises selecting supplements that carry the "USP verified" label. That means the nonprofit U.S. Pharmacopeia vouches for the "quality, purity, and potency of dietary supplement finished products, dietary supplement ingredients, and pharmaceutical ingredients.
HEALTH
January 14, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
Could you review red yeast rice? I've started taking it in an attempt to lower my cholesterol and stay off statins. Diana Sherman Oaks The products: Lowly fungi have an amazing ability to create compounds that have strong effects on humans (alcohol, hallucinogens and antibiotics, to name a few). As far back as the Tang dynasty in 800, the Chinese harvested a red extract produced by certain types of fungi growing on rice.
OPINION
November 22, 2013
Re "A second opinion on statins," Editorial, Nov. 19 When it comes to reducing heart attacks, decreasing inflammation in blood vessels trumps reducing cholesterol. Diet and exercise can be just as effective as statins in this area, but many dismiss these efforts. Maybe that's because most of the unimpressive research used a high-carb, low-fat diet. Individuals at risk for heart disease are often insulin resistant. Of course the high-carb approach was ineffective. Second, dietitians and other qualified nutritionists should be reimbursed by Medicare and other insurance plans for doing what they do best.
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