The ONE Supplement I NEVER Recommend
I don’t make any apologies for it – I’m a supplements guy.
I’ve been recommending nutritional supplements to my patients for years.
And my personal medicine cabinet is full of them.
But that doesn’t mean I love everything that’s out there.
In fact, a supplement I’ve been warning my patients about for years has just made the news – and not the “good” kind of news.
That’s because this supplement is practically identical to one of the most dangerous heart meds around.
And every time you swallow a pill, you could be getting a MUCH larger dose than you bargained for.
The supplement I’m talking about is red yeast rice.
It’s been hailed for its heart-healthy benefits over the years, primarily because it’s been found to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
You might even be taking it yourself, thinking you’re doing something good by going the “natural route” to lower cholesterol instead of getting a prescription for a statin drug.
Well I have bad news for you… Taking red yeast rice could be WORSE than taking a statin drug.
Red yeast rice contains a compound called monacolin K that is CHEMICALLY IDENTICAL to the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin.
And that means it could carry all the same risks… like rhabdomyolysis (a potentially fatal condition in which muscle cells literally rip apart), muscle pain, back pain, memory loss, mental confusion, diabetes, cataracts… the list goes on.
But that’s just part of the problem.
What makes red yeast rice even MORE dangerous than statins is that you NEVER KNOW how much of this compound you’re actually getting.
A recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that the amount of monacolin K in a daily serving can vary from .09 to 10.94 milligrams.
That’s more than a 120-fold difference!
The labels will tell you how many milligrams of red yeast rice you’re taking, but there’s no indication of the amount of the ACTIVE DRUG ingredient on the label.
And that means there’s absolutely NO WAY to know how much monacolin K you’re actually consuming.
If your supplement happens to be on the lower end of that spectrum, you’re essentially dumping money down the drain.
But if it’s on the upper, end you’re dramatically increasing your risk of any number of side effects – especially if you’re taking it in ADDITION to a statin drug.
Like I said, I’m a supplements guy – and I believe taking the right supplements can be life-saving.
And you can be sure that any supplement that appears in this e-letter or my Natural Health Response newsletter has the “Dr. G. Seal of Approval.”
But red yeast rice definitely does not.
It’s not some healthy vitamin or mineral. It’s essentially a drug – and not a very safe one at that.
To a brighter day,
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Osteoarthritis is a pain in every sense of the word. Besides the pain in your joints, it’s a pain in general to have to deal with pain and stiffness when getting out of bed in the morning. It’s a pain not to be able to walk to the bathroom without pain. It’s a pain to...
If you want to BE healthy, you have to LIVE healthy. But if you’re like most people, you aren’t willing to overhaul your entire diet – and you certainly aren’t prepared never to eat pizza again. I don’t blame you. Fortunately, you don’t have to. In fact, making just ONE simple change to your diet...
Ah, the elusive Fountain of Youth. If it existed, you wouldn’t just drink a cup of it… you’d dive right in and swim around in it. Well, the fountain itself might not exist, but nature has the next best thing. It’s a drink that lowers your risk of having a fatal heart attack—and can help...
For most of the history of the world, humans ate actual food. Meat came from animals that lived in the wild. Vegetables came from the backyard garden. Berries were picked in the wild in season. You get the picture. But just in the past 100 years or so, our food has been hijacked. And even...
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to reduce the amount of stress in your life, you’re in good company. There are all kinds of reasons to cut stress out of your life –it can lead to chronic fatigue, headaches, stomach problems, anger, and other health issues. And there are all kinds of ways...
Earlier in the week, I told you about a benefit of exercise that has nothing to do with fitness or weight loss: It can help boost brain volume and decrease the risk of cognitive decline. Those are great reasons to get off the couch and get moving in this new year. But if you need...
Let’s be honest. When most people hear about a cure for diabetes, they think, “yeah right.” So I don’t blame you if you think that it’s a far-fetched possiblibilty… especially one that claims to work in just six hours. But for the men who were able to stop taking their insulin, they went from skeptics...
If you’ve gone through menopause, chances are your doctor has told you that you’re at a higher risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death. And he’s probably even used these facts to scare you into taking statins or a daily dose of aspirin. But you don’t need to take Big Pharma’s overpriced, side-effect-laden,...
Alzheimer’s disease is predicted to become a full-blown epidemic by 2050. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with dementia to experience the everyday impact of an aging brain… Like forgetting why you walked into a room or having trouble finding the exact word you want to use. But it doesn’t have to be that...
Superbugs are a serious health threat. They infect over 2 million people—and kill thousands—every year. And it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. As bacteria become resistant to mainstream’s best antibiotics, researchers are searching for a solution… I don’t care what form it comes in… as long as it’s safe and...