"... In a carefully conducted review of 93 randomized trials involving almost 10,000 patients, researchers concluded that red yeast rice can significantly lower levels of total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, and raise levels of HDL compared with placebo..." Read the entire report.
"... After three months, average LDL levels among those taking the red rice yeast had dropped an average of 27 percent compared with six percent among the placebo group...Only seven percent of the patients taking the supplement developed muscle pain; among statin users, at least twenty percent experience muscle pain initially... I have put many patients on red rice yeast products with excellent results and have seen only two patients who could not tolerate them because of side effects.
Anyone taking statins, either as red rice yeast or prescription drugs, should be on daily supplements of coenzyme Q10..." Dr. Weil Read the entire article.