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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can someone suggest natural supplements that i can use to replace the lovastatin i am taking?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 40 years experience
Lipids: Well... For one thing, Lovastatin is a natural product. It is derived from a fungal product found on the tropical rain forest floor. I know that there's a whole set of emotions and tendencies to look for "natural" products, but remember that there are a lot of "natural" poisons too! if you have high cholesterol, take care of it! the alternative, is a "natural" heart attack/stroke/kidney failure.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Supplements: Some people use red yeast rice. Caution in the world of supplements: it is not as well regulated as the pharma is, so the consumer can not be guaranteed that they are really getting what is stated on the bottle . The active ingredient in red yeast rice is Lovastatin anyway.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Please suggest natural supplements that I can use to replace the lovastatin I am taking?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Red Yeast Rice: You can use red yeast rice, but you'll be substituting a supplement with variable potency for a well regulated, FDA approved, thoroughly studied medicine that has been proved in many studies to be safe and effective. But it's up to you.

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