I have been trying to get my cholesterol down below 200 for the past 10 years. I am not able to use statin drugs because of the side effects that they gave me. I tried more than 10 different statin drugs and they all had negative effects on me. Some gave me very bad muscle pain, some would put my arms to sleep and some would put my leg to sleep, and one made my liver count go up. A friend of mine who also uses your Red Yeast Rice, Cholestene, told me how it had lowered her cholesterol. I did not believe it because I had read about the FDA in 2000 making the suppliers of Red Yeast Rice take the Lovostatin out of the product, before it could be sold in the USA. She assured me that it had lowered her cholesterol anyway, so I said I would give it a try. I started using your RYR on May 15th. I went to the doctor on July 21st for my usual cholesterol check and they called me the next day to tell me that my total Cholesterol had gone from 262 on my last visit, to 179 on this visit. I was just blown away. I have been taking three cholestene twice a day. I will now start taking two capsules two times a day, now that it has gone below 200. I just wanted to thank you for your great product and to order another 3 months supply, Yours truly, Larry
Posted by iHerb Customer on Sep 24, 2009 | Verified Purchase
Can't say enough good about this product, especially this brand. It does not work for everyone, nor does it work for my sister, but it surely works for me, and you will still need a blood test every year.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jun 26, 2009 | Verified Purchase
I've tried 3 different Red Yeast Rice products from local store and Puritan Pride. But this is the only one I buy now. I'm thinking that others were watered down or did not function properly. I take two, twice per day for the past 5 years. My blood pressure is NORMAL and I have zero side effects from this product. Try this one before buying something else!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 05, 2014 | Verified Purchase
My doctor wanted me on statins but I have heard about all the side effects of it and stayed away. Tried Cholestene for about a month (on and off) and my cholesterol went down to a very good level that even the doctor was surprised. Unfortunately I have to stop it for now. I started experiencing excessive hair loss and slight sore muscles during the period. These side effects seemed to be less obvious when I stopped taking them. I am still not certain if Cholestene causes these reactions as I was also taking other supplements but the timing seemed to coincide with Cholestene. I wrote to Healthy Origins to enquire about this product, but no replies at all! Giving it a 2 star because although it seems to bring cholesterol down, it has negative effects on me and red yeast rice contains lovastatin similar to statins.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jan 21, 2011 | Verified Purchase
My total cholesterol had been about 225 for years- I eat fast foods/pizza..., and don't exercise enough. My Dr. kept "Badgering" me to go on script statins- NO WAY, after Googling their Awful side-effects! After 1yr of 2 caps of HO RYR at breakfast & 2 more with dinner- My Cholesterol dropped to 172 (LDL lower, but no change to HDL or Triglycerides). BTW!- It's Very important to take CoQ10 with ANY statin!- I take 50mg of 1/2 price Healthy Origins Ubiquinol CoQ10 (Ubiquinol is 2x best form!) with each meal. I also take 1x of top-rated EFA's Omega-3 fish oil, twice daily! FYI- CL rated Natures Plus Extended Release 1.7% RYR #1, and Healthy Origins #2- for lovastatin/purity. Many user reviews on the NP Extended Release complained of sleep issues (common for me), so I went with HO.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jan 03, 2008 | Verified Purchase
great product realy worked .It also lowered the triglicerides for my husband
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 12, 2011 | Verified Purchase
I bought a bottle to lower my cholesterol. After a few days taking it, I got a very bad gassy upset stomach reaction. I stopped taking it immediately. I am surprised that my stomach was hurting bad because I read that Consumer Lab recommends this brand. I am sure it is a very good brand for many people but for me it just upset my stomach too much. I will just have to try another Red Yeast Rice.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 19, 2010 | Verified Purchase
This product really works. I take it for about a year, and has lowered my total cholestero and LDL into normal levels (from 250 to 190). For three months I had swithed to "Doctors's best" ryr, same dose, but chol. went up. So, I am back to cholestene.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Feb 04, 2009 | Verified Purchase
Top rated Red Yeast from Consumer Lab.
Posted by Lambmonade on Aug 18, 2017 | Verified Purchase
💕TIJ 🦄106 (No space) 💕 5%off for Existing and New customers This is my husband 3rd bottle. Blood test on cholestrol was run once before starting and after the 3rd bottle. His cholestrol level did improve by a bit. Will use it for 3 more months to conclude if this really helps to co ntrol and lower his cholestrol
Posted by iHerb Customer on May 30, 2017 | Verified Purchase
Years ago my wife suffered damage to her liver because of a doctor prescribed cholesterol lowering medication, namely Zocor. After seven years of herbal milk thistle her liver is now functioning normally. She now takes Cholestene daily to maintain her cholesterol which is now the lowest it has been in years. For her, since she is not a big person I/2 of the recommended dose is adequate.