Without a doubt Lipitor, Mevacor and the other cholesterol lowering medications are the highest selling drugs on the market. Patients often ask if there is an alternative way of lowering their cholesterol.
Such was the case with Peggie who had a moderately high cholesterol of 232 and Triglycerides of 167. I started her on red yeast extract and within 6 weeks her cholesterol dropped to 151 and triglycerides to 66. Needless to say she was ecstatic, and wants he close friend to come in to be treated .
A rigorous trial from the UCLA School of Medicine, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, confirmed that a supplement known as red yeast extract reduces cholesterol levels by an average of 40 points in 12 weeks when combined with a low-fat diet. That is about the same result you’d expect from a low dose of the popular cholesterol drug Mevacor. What makes Red yeast extract so effective is that it contains a number of cholesterol-lowering compounds known as statins, among them lovastatin, the same active ingredient that’s in Mevacor.
So, yes there are alternatives.
Terry Pfau DO, HMD