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Supplements Not Statins

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 09:08 AM

Question: My husband would like to get off the statins he is taking. Could he transition to something natural, like red yeast rice?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Red yeast rice inhibits the same enzyme inhibited by statin drugs, but is less powerful — therefore, it has fewer side effects.
It is important to take CoQ10 with the red yeast rice extract to prevent heart failure, neurological problems, and muscle damage.

Some supplements, such as pomegranate extract and garlic extract, have been shown to reverse atherosclerosis. Keep in mind that inflammation is the cause of atherosclerosis and also is the leading cause of heart attacks because it triggers blood clotting.

Most of these supplements are powerful anti-inflammatories, and some, such as the flavonoids, omega-3 oils, and magnesium, reduce the risk of blood clotting.

Vitamin D3 also is important, and magnesium protects arteries. Non-flush niacin (inositol hexaniacinate) has, in my experience, lowered cholesterol levels as well as statins and with greater safety. Consult your doctor before changing any regimen.

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