This could be great news for one out of three of us that are struggling with high cholesterol!
Recently Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a well controlled study that I was excited about because it showed that patients achieved lower blood cholesterol levels via nutrients (fish oil and red yeast rice combination) even BETTER than a daily statin medication.
Dr. David Becker from Univ. of Penn commented that this research was intriguing and great news for patients to have an alternative treatment for managing cholesterol levels through natural supplements. He noted that many cholesterol medications have side effects and can stress liver function which can negatively impact health.
The study details revealed the high cholesterol patients that were given a combination of fish oil and red yeast rice had a 42% reduction cholesterol levels. Fish oil quantity was 3000-4000 mg/day. The red yeast rice contained a total monacolin content of 5.3 mg.
Of note, Red yeast rice is the product of yeast grown on rice. It is a dietary staple in some Asian countries, and reportedly contains several compounds that inhibit cholesterol production.
Globally, we are studying nutrients to enhance health, correct bodily dysfunction such as high cholesterol and to rejuvenate cells from aging which will lead to incredible diet regimens that work in harmony with our body. This study is a step in the right direction! Remembering to have adequate fiber from foods such as beans, apples, pears and oats can also help manage healthy cholesterol levels as well! Stay tuned for more great nutrition research- and eat the Sustainable High Performer way!
by Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition