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Medical Lowering Cholesterol

  1. Feb 5, 2009 #1


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    An associate told me yesterday about lowering cholesterol with supplements of fish oil and 'red yeast rice'. I was skeptical, but apparently studies have shown that the claim appears to be true.

    Fish Oil, Red Yeast Rice Cut Cholesterol

    One potential shortcoming of a "homeopathic, natural approach" is the lack of control on quality and content/dose of supplements.

    What one should know - Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus)

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-redyeast.html [Broken]

    Safety of Red Yeast Rice for High Cholesterol in Individuals With Statin Intolerance

    For those in their 40's and 50's, this may be worthwhile discussing with one's doctor. Prevention is better than treatment.
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    If you eat fatty fish you'll also be getting all the necessary supplements, so you don't need to buy the 'homeopathic' fish-oil capsules :tongue:

    On a more serious note, I'd be careful with taking fish-oil capsules, especially when you already have fish incorporated in your diet. It is know that chemicals such as mercury, PCBs and dioxin accumulate in fish and fish-oil capsules are a concentrated form of that. It is better to take oil capsules based on algae (they exist, and no fish were harmed in the process as well). It is something I also recommended to my mother.

    Overall I must say that the benefit of eating fish outweighs the risks (see the publication below), except when you are pregnant, when you should be careful with eating fish.

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/296/15/1885" [Broken]
    There may be more recent studies.
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  4. Feb 6, 2009 #3
    for one, purified fish oils are easy to find now. i believe this usually results in an esterified version of the lipids.

    also, algae is an expensive source of DHA. i wouldn't recommend it unless you are a determined vegan.

    if you're that paranoid about PCBs, then a better choice would be some of the first critters in the food chain that feed on algae, krill. you can actually buy krill oil now, which contains not only DHA, but also EPA in a phospholipid form.

    if you're really, really paranoid about PCBs, then the occasional hypocaloric diet with supplemental olestra might be for you.

    as for pregnancy, i have read studies that show more positive outcomes when expectant mothers eat more FISH. i haven't seen less positive outcomes mentioned, and i haven't seen the studies using algal DHA. but i have seen a lot of speculation that fish is bad.
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  6. Feb 7, 2009 #5
    Folks - remember the "cholesterol lowering effect" reported is not only limited, as was said, by variations in the material as supplied but also will not work for all persons an d the effect itself may be technically significant but clinically irrelevant.
  7. Feb 7, 2009 #6
    thanks for that. another, mentioned in Monique's link i think, indicated that fish are an important source of micronutrients other than omega-3 fatty acids.

  8. Apr 28, 2009 #7
    Red Yeast Rice has been used in Chinese cuisine and as a medicinal food to promote blood circulation for centuries. The medicinal properties of red yeast rice favorably impact lipid profiles of hypercholesterolemic patients.

    [mentor edit: URL to online store deleted. Please provide a scientific reference for your claim.]
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  9. Apr 28, 2009 #8
    On line stores are not a good source of information, because they are trying to sell the product.
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