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What herbs will lower cholesterol?
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
6 doctors agree
In brief: Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice has been shown to lower cholesterol.

In brief: Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Compactin, the first statin, was discovered from 2 species of fungus , Aspergillus terreus and Monascus purpureus, by Akira Endo in 1972. The color of Red Yeast Rice is from the fungus Monascus purpureus growing on the rice. Compactin, and all the subsequent statins (developed by big pharma from the compactin discovery) for greater efficacy & safety, binds to protein enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, the first of 27 enzymes, within each animal (that includes human) cell which starts off and then (through the rest of the steps) start and complete the synthesis of cholesterol. See my further comments below. The statins have turned out to be impressively safe and effective for the vast majority of people ans all human trials have shown ~45% reduction in cardiovascular events, 20-30% reductions in all cause mortality rates along with trends for lower rates of kidney function rate of decline/failure, lower rates of cancer, etc. At the same time, nothing is perfect, compactin and the other statins are just tools and a very small percentage of people have problems when taking them plus for some they are not very effective.
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Mild
You can lower cholesterol by eating more vegetables and have regular aerobic exercise.

In brief: Mild
You can lower cholesterol by eating more vegetables and have regular aerobic exercise.
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: LDLHDLnotCholesterol
Cholesterol: fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), fundamental to survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.

In brief: LDLHDLnotCholesterol
Cholesterol: fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell, building block of each cell membrane (enables membrane fluidity/movement without tearing), fundamental to survival of every animal cell. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in the water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. Ldl ?700 nmol/l, HDL ?45 µmol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Compactin, the first statin, was discovered from 2 species of fungus , Aspergillus terreus and Monascus purpureus, by Akira Endo in 1972. The color of Red Yeast Rice is from the fungus Monascus purpureus growing on the rice. Compactin, and all the subsequent statins: lovastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, pitavastatin (developed by big pharma from the compactin discovery) for greater efficacy & safety, binds to the protein enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, the first of 27 enzymes, within each animal (that includes human) cell which starts off and then (through the rest of the steps) complete the synthesis of cholesterol. The statins have turned out to be impressively safe and effective for the vast majority of people and all human trials have shown ~45% reduction in cardiovascular events, 20-35% reductions in all cause mortality rates along with trends for lower rates of kidney function rate of decline/failure, lower rates of cancer, etc. At the same time, nothing is perfect, compactin and the other statins are just tools and a very small percentage of people either have problems when taking them and for some just not very effective.
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