I have received numerous inquiries regarding my
opinion on resveratrol and red yeast rice. I hope
the following will clarify my position.
You may have seen the media reports about an
independent lab that found several
multivitamin brands contained more or less of
certain nutrients, and one with a high lead level.
We are pleased to announce that of the brands we
recommend, every one was found to be safe and met
& Red Meat: Pros & Cons
Soy and red meat are two of the most heavily
scrutinized food staples for good reason.
The following sheds light on why they are so
controversial, how we can optimize their benefits,
and avoid their risks.
& Red Meat: Pros and Cons
Resveratrol & Red Yeast Rice the Real Deal?
Resveratrol, a chemical compound found in wine,
grapes, and to a lesser degree, peanuts, has been
hailed as the next cure-all for every disease known
to man. We say, "let's not get ahead of
To date, there is insufficient reliable evidence
about its effectiveness. Studies have only been
performed on animals. So the question is: when
resveratrol is isolated as a natural supplement or
synthetic drug, will it still be effective?
Resveratrol is a weak phytoestrogen, so
supplementing in high concentrations is not advised
for anyone who has had hormonal cancer or has it in
their family history.
We feel Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is far superior to
Resveratrol and has mountains of positive data for
it effectiveness on just about every organ system.
Is Resveratrol the real deal? The jury is still out.
If you want a fix, stick with wine and grapes.
Red Yeast Rice
There is no doubt that Red Yeast Rice lowers
cholesterol. However, many fail to realize that Red
Yeast Rice is the natural form of statin medication,
so one can be stricken with similar side effects and
contraindications with other medication.
Red Yeast Rice is rice fermented with Monascus
purpureus yeast. A major issue is quality control.
There are few brands of Red Yeast Rice and most come
from China, which have been found to contain
synthetic substances that are not printed on the
label. In addition, Red Yeast Rice that is not
fermented properly may contain citrinin, a toxin
that could cause kidney failure.
Many clients have asked why we do not carry Red
Yeast Rice. The answer is three-fold.
1) We have not found a product that we feel 100%
confident about in terms of quality (NOW and Nordic
Naturals would be the closest).
2) We believe that with most clients, we can balance
lipid levels without using Red Yeast Rice.
3) Red Yeast Rice should be only be used under the
supervision of a physician with frequent monitoring
of liver enzymes.
Is Red Yeast Rice the real deal? Yes, but at what
cost? It should be viewed as a last resort before
going to synthetic statin medication. If you take
Red Yeast Rice, supplement with a minimum of 100 mg.
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