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    Lowering your Cholesterol
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    An_188242 posted:
    I lowered my cholesterol by 52 points taking Red Rice Yeast - 3 a day.
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    Oldcarpetcleaner responded:
    Simvastatin is made from red yeast rice.
     
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    toneman84084 replied to Oldcarpetcleaner's response:
    That is not correct. Simvastatin is made up of a similar compound found in RYR, however it was developed from the common Oyster mushroom. Simvastatin is a member of the statin class, a synthetic derivative of a fermentation product of Aspergillus Terreus, or the common Oyster mushroom.
     
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    billh99 replied to Oldcarpetcleaner's response:
    That is not true.

    Lovastatin is made from red rice yeast.

    The problem with the RRY suppliments is that amount of statin in them is not controlled.

    You don't have idea if you are getting an effective dose, one too low, or one too high.
     
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    toneman84084 replied to billh99's response:
    No, I am correct, see below;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovastatin

    It is actually a synthesized compound based on a naturally occurring compound found in both, but was originally discovered in the Oyster mushroom.

    You are correct on your other points though, the dosage is an issue.
     
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    billh99 replied to toneman84084's response:
    From wiki " oyster mushrooms [1> and red yeast rice .[2> "

    And from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_yeast_rice

    "In the late 1970s, researchers in the United States and Japan were isolating lovastatin from Aspergillus and monacolins from Monascus, respectively, the latter being the same yeast used to make red yeast rice but cultured under carefully controlled conditions. Chemical analysis soon showed that lovastatin and monacolin K are identical. The article "The origin of statins" summarizes how the two isolations, documentations and patent applications were just months apart.[2> Lovastatin became the patented, prescription drug Mevacor for Merck & Co. Red yeast rice went on to become a contentious, non-prescription dietary supplement in the United States and other countries."

    Really the comment is not about how commerical lovastatin is made, but rather that when you take RRY you are getting a lovatatin of unknown quality and strength.
     
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    toneman84084 replied to billh99's response:
    Agreed.
     
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    muffineater responded:
    how do you take it and for how long and will it help E.D
     
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    billh99 replied to muffineater's response:
    There is a relationship between damage to blood vessels and ED. It can be caused by high blood pressure and/or plaque forming.

    Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol will help slow down and might reduce the ED.

    Often that can be done by losing weight, if needed, exercise, and healthy eating. If not you might need a blood pressure and/or cholesterol medicine.

    As mentioned above the problem with red rice yeast is that the quality and potency of it is unknown and varies from brand to brand.

    Also note that ED is often a marker for developing cardiovascular problems.


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