Listen: Red Yeast Rice Supplements Likely Damaged This Woman's Liver
"So many of you have asked me about the red yeast rice and somebody called a red race race race. I don't care what you call it. And it's an over the counter supplement that people are taking to lower their cholesterol. And I would tell my patients or I would tell my listeners be careful because it acts like a Stanton. And so with the statin medications, we watch her liver. We kind of know what those you're getting. And when I started statin medication. I check your liver in about six weeks. And then I check it again at the three month Mark the six month, Mark. So I know you're tolerating the Staten. But if you're taking some over the counter, red rice, yeast or read east rice. Two. Lower your cholesterol. I not really watching your your liver. And to be careful. Well, now, we have a report that a woman in Michigan developed sudden liver damage after taking a red yeast rice supplement, the sixty four year old woman recently visited doctor was told she had I- cholesterol levels, but she was hesitant to take the status. Most people are hesitant because I don't wanna hurt deliver. And they think that the stands are gonna hurt deliver. So instead, she turned to the supplement red east rice, it's a type of fermented rice that's marketed to lower cholesterol, but it acts like a statin, and it contains a compound called, mama, Colin k it's identical to the active ingredient in the statin drug level, Staten. So red yeast rice supplements with Monaco k. Have the same risks as drugs containing the status. The only difference is you don't know how much you're getting. Whereas you think you're taking love Stanton twenty or love stat and forty milligrams. You have no idea what the hell you're getting. What the red right right east rice? So after six weeks, she went to the signs of liver injury. Fatigue dark urine. John, john. This is the yellowing of the skin of is which is a sign of kidney damage or liver damage liver damage. Then she has got a liver biopsy. And she was diagnosed with acute drug induced liver injury or liver damage would drug or supplement in this case was the rate east rice supplements. Now. This was published in British medical journal case reports. So the woman's case prompted doctors who treated her to issue a warning about the potential harm. They say physicians and patients should be made aware that read east races, not harmless supplement and those choosing to use it should watch for symptoms of Pat o' toxicity. Now Luminoso also drank a couple of glasses of wine a day. So that might have also made or more vulnerable. If you drink alcohol with a statin medication or red yeast rice that can increase your risk deliver damage, but they say the woman's case enough the first incident of this supplement causing liver problems. There have been other reports. In fact, there wasn't studying Italy the found ten cases of liver damage ties at the supplement over thirteen year, period. So love astatine may even be safer. The FDA doesn't allow products to be sold as dietary supplements they contain more than trace amounts of this, Monaco, Kate. But despite FDA actions, whereas we know a lot of supplements out there have mixed amounts of components. A two thousand seventeen study found that levels of that Monica Lacaille in red yeast rice supplement sold in the US range from undetectable to nearly eleven milligrams per daily recommended dose, which basically can equal a love Stanton. So you have no idea what you're getting. And so the NC CIA age is saying that people should not use it to replace standard medical care. So what did they do to help her well one they stopped the supplement south the alcohol treated or restored? So provoked prove or liver function. She was monitored weekly. And I'm not sure if she's back to fully recovered. She could have some irreversible liver damage, but hopefully, it's reversible. So, you know, people look, I I get I get I don't like to always take prescriptions. Also, I get. And. To that high maintenance regimen of being on a cholesterol medication where you take it. And then you have to be screened in a month for six weeks to see if it's affecting the liver. We used to wait three months. I never waited three months. I would I would check your about a month because if it was going to damage the liver. I would see it in a month. You'd start to see some of the liver injury. So, you know, if I saw significant bump up and liver enzymes, which was rare because I always start on a very very low dose, then I could go. All right. I'll check it a month or six weeks than three months and six months, and if you're good I would just monitoring every six months. But I have no idea what the hell you're taking over the camera. And I get. If you can manage your cholesterol over the counter, then you don't have to go in for blood work. You don't have to wait hours to see your doctor. You don't have to pay towards your thousand dollar or twelve thousand dollars deductible. I get that because I'm a patient to and I cannot stand the way healthcare is right now. And I want to do more. Do it yourself. The problem is that you don't know what you're getting. And when I see people go. No, no, no. I don't want to use the pharmaceutical. I want to do all these supplements. I wanted to what natural. It's natural natural stuff out. There has very similar chemicals. As what's in the pharmaceutical Jila difference is the pharmaceutical is tight traded. It's tested, and it has to be very consistent. You can only get a consistent amount of that. Medication? You don't know what the hell these supplement companies are giving you. That's a"