Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to lower your cholesterol NATURALLY!

Naturally Lower Cholesterol, Red Yeast Rice, natural statin
I feel like Cholesterol is one of those things that tends to sneeeeeaaaakkkkkkk up on people. I mean, there really aren't any visual signs or symptoms to warn you, except maybe your family's history....so until you get tested for it, you're kind of in the dark as to whether or not it is a problem for you. 

What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is produced by the liver and is essential for normal bodily function. It is needed to make Vitamin D from the sun, build cell walls, it aids in the production of bile which helps you digest fat, and is involved in the production of hormones....There are three main forms of Cholesterol:
  1. LDL {low density lipoprotein} - Also known as "Bad Cholesterol" If your LDL levels get too high, your risk for arterial disease increases.  
  2. HDL {high density lipoprotein} - Also known as "Good Cholesterol" The higher your HDL the lower {in most cases} your LDL will be.
  3. Triglycerides - These are the extra calories that we consume but do not use up right away, they turn into triglycerides and are stored in fat cells.  
Here's an easy way to remember it; We want LDL levels to be LOW, and we want HDL levels to be HIGH :)
When we realized that we needed to work on getting my Mr.'s cholesterol down, we looked at two different options. The first one was the medical route {prescription} and the second one was a more natural approach, which consisted of supplements and a new diet. We discussed and weighed the options with our doctor, factoring in the risks associated with the prescription vs. the natural route and we ALL THREE agreed that the natural approach was worth the shot. And let me tell you, the results were nothing short of EXTRAORDINARY!  

So how did we NATURALLY lower his Cholesterol?
Three words: Red Yeast Rice
Aside from a new diet which only allows him to have a total of 3 grams of BAD fats per serving, fish oil supplements, red grapes and tons of fiber....Red Yeast Rice has, by far, been the key component! 

-Do note that Red Yeast Rice may not be necessary for everyone, usually a change in diet and an increase in exercise alone can be enough to drastically lower your cholesterol.  While we explored these options, we found ourselves between a rock and a hard place.  Exercise...yeah that's covered {check}!  Lowering his caloric intake....not an option at the time.  So this is what lead us to exploring some natural supplements. -  

Red Yeast Rice
Lower Cholesterol Naturally, Natural Statin, Red Yeast Rice
-What is it? - Red Yeast Rice has been a staple in some Asian countries for nearly 1,000 years as a traditional medicine and is a red yeast that grows on a particular type of rice.  Red Yeast Rice contains natural stains or monocolins which is the active ingredient that helps to naturally lower cholesterol.  It works the exact same way that any prescription statin {Lipitor, Zocor, Mavacor, etc..} would by inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the liver with less side effects.  Many prescription statins tend to have side effects including sore muscles, liver damage and digestive problems.  
            "It works much the way a statin would work, by reducing the amount of cholesterol that the liver makes, but in a much gentler level." said Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist at Boston's Brighan and Women's Hospital.

Lower Cholesterol Naturally, Red Yeast Rice, natural statin-Where do I find it?  - You can find Red Yeast Rice in any natural food store or online, but I prefer to buy it from a store...we get ours from Whole Foods.  
-How Much Do I Take? - Talk with your doctor, usually 4 capsules a day is the recommended dosage.  
-What Kind Should I buy? - Our doctor suggested that we go with the Whole Foods Brand.  But do make sure to get the Red Yeast Rice with CoQ10....just like the statin drugs, Red Yeast Rice has been found to interfere with your bodies ability to produce CoQ10...So this way you balance that out!

Now... if you start to do your research, many medical companies, especially the FDA, will try to steer you away from Red Yeast Rice by warning you that the supplement has not been throughly tested and that the known effects and risks are exactly the same as taking a prescription statin.  Be aware that Red Yeast Rice is a competitor of theirs and being that there is no possible way to create a natural substance, these companies have to do something to deter you from their competition....so they scare you!  Do your own research...There are tons of amazing facts, information and studies about the benefits of Red Yeast Rice {which I won't bore you with}.  That's exactly how I found out about it....I googled "How to Naturally Lower Cholesterol"....found out about Red Yeast Rice and asked our doctor about it.  He checked it out and said GO FOR IT!

I only hope you have as much success with it as we have :)



  1. pretty amazing...to find a drug free solution to such a pervasive problem as high cholesterol. So many people can benefit from this. awesome. and such a great example of informing yourself before just automatically having a prescription filled.

  2. Yes this is find Red Yeast Rice in any natural food store or online, but I prefer to buy it from a store...we get ours from Whole Foods.