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

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 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 47 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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What's the best supplement to take for building muscle?

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What is the best vitamin C supplement?

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lypo-Spheric C: Until recently i would have said most vitamin c is created equal, but a relatively new formulation called lypo-spheric c is much better absorbed and can cross cell membranes better. See http://www.Livonlabs.Com/ it is pricier than other forms of c, but if you are motivated you can make your own liposomal vit c at home: see http://www.Quantumbalancing.Com/liposomalc.Htm.
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Radiology 39 years experience
After searching on their web sites, I can tell anyone who is interested that Lypo-Spheric C does not contain ANY vitamin C. Sodium ascorbate sold as "vitamin C" is not vitamin C and does not have all the components of complete vitamin C. It may be digested easier, but will not help your health or well being. The same is true for most ascorbic acid and sodium acetate products sold in the USA.
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