Originally Posted by boubou
I'm a little confused. After reading about the statin side effects, <removed> I'm convinced that I do not want to take these drugs to lower my cholesterol (which went back up after stopping the RYR - but not as high as before).
My confusion lies in the fact that RYR DOES contains statins, how is it safer to consume these supplements over the meds? How are the statins in the RYR safer?
Also, when taking a prescription of cholesterol lowering drug, one isn't supposed to consume grapefruit. How about oranges or vitamin C?
Can I take vitamin C with RYR?
From what I read, vitamin C are great at lowering cholesterol as well.
You ask many great questions here. All I can say from personal experience prior to six months ago I took a high dosage of Red Yeast Rice 1,200mg twice daily for over three years with no issues and no side effects. However, Red Yeast Rice is a natural statin and acts like a statin. That is why many that can not tolerate an RX statin could have a problem tolerating Red Yeast Rice. It really depends on the individual. Also I have heard people who took Red Yeast Rice and it did nothing for their numbers. It will depends on ones situation. Personally I would much rather take Red Yeast Rice than an RX statin.
My Doctor now has me taking 2,000mg immediate release Niacin daily. I have been on Niacin for over six months now and am having my lipid panel in two weeks. I am very eager to see how the Niacin has been working. I have never tried Niacin before but have gone through a lot working up to 2,000mg daily. I still flush but I am used to it. Also my Doctor advised me he will not allow me to go back on the Red Yeast Rice as he said Niacin is a proven, safe, and effective treatment option and he said Red Yeast Rice is not. This is all fully quoting my Doctor.
He further stated that my numbers were not to high to begin with and he said there is no reason for me to take an RX statin and that is why he prefers me to be on Niacin.
As for Vitamin C I take 2,000mg daily. You will have no problems taking Vitamin C with the Red Yeast Rice or anything else.