Dietary supplement may carry both benefits and risks associated with statins
Red yeast rice (RYR) is contained in dietary supplements that are often used by patients with high cholesterol, and it is often proposed as an alternative therapy in those who experience side effects from statins. A new study found that it is not a good choice for statin-intolerant patients: RYR was linked with muscle and liver injury, which can also occur with statin use. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 17, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dietary supplement may carry both benefits and risks associated with statins
(Wiley) Red yeast rice (RYR) is contained in dietary supplements that are often used by patients with high cholesterol, and it is often proposed as an alternative therapy in those who experience side effects from statins. A new study found that it is not a good choice for statin-intolerant patients: RYR was linked with muscle and liver injury, which can also occur with statin use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'Red yeast rice' as a cholesterol-lowering substance? Caution is warranted - Brouwers JR, Roeters van Lennep JE, Maas AH.
- In various non-medical publications, red yeast rice (red fermented rice, RYR) is recommended as a cholesterol-lowering substance. This supplement contains a naturally occurring statin, namely monacolin K. - Patients who wish to use RYR should be advis... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Think 'natural' remedies have fewer side-effects than statins? Think again
Liz Bestic began taking red yeast rice - supposedly a natural alternative to statins - after a friend recommended it. But the supplement caused her to feel depressed and exhausted. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most dietary supplements don't help your heart and some may be harmful
Every day, about half of American adults take a vitamin, mineral, herb, amino acid, or other dietary supplement. Most do this because they seek to improve or maintain their health. Others do it in hopes of staving off heart disease. Yet only a handful of supplements offer possible—though limited—help against heart disease. Some popular ones have no benefit, and others contain dangerous contaminants, reports the August 2014 Harvard Heart Letter. "A lot of people want to add something natural and alternative to the conventional medications they're taking, and they assume that dietary supplements might help and ca...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - July 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Announces Recall of Red Yeast Rice by Doctor’s Best: AttorneyOne...
On June 24, the FDA announced that 7,379 bottles (lot 3121005) of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplement, by Doctor's Best, are recalled because they were found to contain undeclared Lovastatin. In...(PRWeb June 30, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb11984101.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 30, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Doctor’s Best Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Red Yeast Rice Due to Undeclared Lovastatin
FDA PRESS RELEASE—June 24, 2014—Doctor’s Best is voluntarily recalling lot 3121005 (7379 bottles) of Red Yeast Rice dietary supplement, 600 mg Capsules, 120-count bottles to the retail level. Red Yeast Rice has been found to contain undeclared lovastatin, a previously approved drug indicated for the treatment of high cholesterol, making this an unapproved new drug. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - June 26, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news

Red Yeast Rice by Doctor’s Best: Recall - Undeclared Lovastatin
Use could result in serious muscle injury, particularly if taking with prescription “statins”; patients with pre-existing liver disease may be at an increased risk for liver injury. (Source: FDA MedWatch)
Source: FDA MedWatch - June 24, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Phytosterols, Red Yeast Rice, and Lifestyle Change vs StatinPhytosterols, Red Yeast Rice, and Lifestyle Change vs Statin
Complementary and alternative therapies for cholesterol lowering are plentiful and easy to access, but do they work as well as statins? American Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 12, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Combined supplements no better for cholesterol
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding a plant-derived compound called a sterol to the cholesterol-lowering agent red yeast rice doesn't make it work any better, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Combined Supplements No Better for Cholesterol
Adding a plant-derived compound called a sterol to the cholesterol-lowering agent red yeast rice doesn't make it work any better, according to a new study.Source: Reuters Health Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cholesterol, Herbal Medicine (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combined Supplements No Better for CholesterolCombined Supplements No Better for Cholesterol
Adding a sterol to the cholesterol-lowering agent red yeast rice doesn't make it work any better, according to a new study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

ANH-Intl Feature: Lessons to be learned from the milk thistle ‘ban’ in Sweden
ANH-Intl investigates the lessons that can be learned from recent events in Sweden to help protect freedom of choice in natural health (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - April 17, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: 5HTP botanical EFSA europe garlic herb international Livsmedelsverket Läkemedelsverket MHRA milk thistle NAC red yeast rice Silybum marianum SSRI Svensk Egenvård sweden Swedish Food Agency Swedish Medical Products Age Source Type: news

Clinical Digest: High Cholesterol and Complementary Health Practices
Approximately 13 percent of U.S. adults has high total cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol levels can slow down, reduce, or even stop plaque from building up in the walls of arteries and may decrease the chance of having a heart attack. Mainstays in treating high cholesterol include diet, weight loss, physical activity, and when necessary, drug treatment. According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, high blood cholesterol is one of the top 10 conditions prompting use of complementary health practices among adults. This issue provides information on “what the science says” about the effectiveness and safety of ...
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 6, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news