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    richmond1 posted:
    I have been taking Red Yeast Rice (RYR) for about the last four years on and off. I started as my LDL cholesterol was high - total was 285 and all my siblings including my father had high cholesterol (he died of heart attack at 62). I wanted to try diet and alternative ways to get it down, so came off diary and went to lean proteins and it came down to aruond 220. I am now 54 and going through menopause - I have been on and off plan for the last 4 years, my LDL cholesterol is high again, my HDL is also high, my triglicerides are very low. My blood pressure on the low to normal side. I have been having a burning feeling like indigestion below the sternum, muscle joint pain in both hips (started on the left), almost like a throb or burn. Tired, general achiness, my mid to lower back have been bothering me - I am wondering if this is due to RYR? Just a general feeling of not quite right. Any suggestions?
    I have started back on my plan again - being very conscious of what I eat - fruit and yogurt in the morning, lunch and dinner is salad/veg and lean proteins. NO simple carbs at all (bread, flour, pasta, rice, sugar etc etc). My body cannot handle them at all- they become very addictive and I cannot handle it.
    Please let me know what I can do and if RYR could be the cause?


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    billh99 responded:
    RYR contains natural statin and statin like products. They can also contain a toxic by product.

    However, the amount of active ingredients and the amount of the toxic vary greatly from brand to brand.

    RYR can have the same side effects as statin.
    iride6606 replied to billh99's response:
    The active ingredient may not only vary from brand to brand, but from pill to pill. It is important to remember that makers of supplements do NOT have the same mandated guidelines as drug manufacturers so very often the end product is very inconsistent and it can be almost impossible to attribute any results or lack of results including side effects to them.

    The amount of a statin compound in RYR is very small. If you want to be sure, perhaps you could have a discussion with your doctor and try a very low dose statin and see what it does.

    Just a thought, hope all goes well for you.
    An_252287 responded:
    A Billh99 responded, RYR contains natural statin and statin like products (mainly Mevacor) and should not be used unless you aare having follow up blood test by your doctor.

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