Many are interested in red yeast rice side effects as they are interested in using it to lower cholesterol more naturally than taking prescription statins medications. Doctors prescribe statins to lower bad cholesterol known as LDL which can cause heart disease.
Red Yeast Rice And Statins
Red yeast rice and statins both have possible side effects, but the side effects of statins are way worse. Unfortunately there have not been many studies on the topic so there is not much data to draw from conclusively. Of course it should be noted that it’s always our policy to be “safe rather than sorry.” So, be sure and read all you can on the topic before embarking on a new regime and always talk to your doctor about the possible issues with your medication and other health issues. This blog is not offering medical advice, just information on the possible side effects of red yeast rice.
The medical world does agree that red yeast rice has many of the same properties and chemicals as statins do, but they are not sure that those are the ones responsible for lowering cholesterol in those that take it. As such they suggest that you note the side effects and not use it for folks under 20 years of age until more studies have been done. (Also, again, if you have been prescribed statins do not quit taking your medication. Talk to your doctor about switching.)
It should be noted that statins have a litany of side effects themselves which many people find intolerable. Although nearly everyone over the age of 50 is prescribed statins almost 40% quit using them within a year due to the problems they encounter.
Because of this red yeast rice is a better choice not just as a treatment, but as a preventative for those 45 and above. Lowerol is a good resource for those who want to prevent high cholesterol in the first place or take it to lower their cholesterol.
So, first let’s discuss the problematic effects of statins medications. They include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Skin flushes
- Muscle pain, aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach cramps or pain
- Bloating or gas
It’s important to note that these are the side effects generally accepted with statins meds. But some also carry warnings about memory loss, confusion, high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.
Muscle pains are ignored as being appropriate for aging people, but could also be caused by the statins. Giddiness and dizziness are also misdiagnosed as simply standing up too fast.
Now let’s look at the possible red yeast rice risks. They are rare but can include:
- Stomach ache or bloating
- Muscle aches and weakness. This can lead to a rare but serious condition called rhabdomyolysis. Stop taking red yeast rice immediately and call your doctor if you experience this one.
It should also be noted that red yeast rice is made by fermenting a fungus over red rice called Monascus purpureus. If you are allergic to molds in general you might should reconsider this as a natural treatment for cholesterol or at least wade in to using it by doing some tests first because it could be a toxin for your body. This is an ancient Chinese remedy used for hundreds of years to lower cholesterol, increase circulation and help with digestive problems. These are the types of red yeast rice overdose symptoms I would look for if you begin taking it.