_Whoa! Time to rethink my supplements or something! The abdominal cramping, joint aches, muscle pain, and diarrhea must stop! Is it a supplement or the flu? Is my stress level so high that I’m falling apart? My mind is racing ... so many options ... so many variables ... so many things to consider. My cholesterol is very close to acceptable numbers, my IBS is under control save a diverticulitis attack every now and then ... so what gives? Where do I begin? Diet? Exercise? Supplements? Stress?
I decided to start with the last thing I changed or added. Red yeast rice. I immediately stopped taking red yeast rice and within 48 hours the terrible abdominal cramping stopped, as did the muscle aches and pains and joint pain. No more diarrhea. The Internet provided contradictory information - not unusual considering the vast number of people who add information - many of whom are looking primarily to padding their own pocket. I reminded myself to tread lightly yet deeply.
I read that red yeast rice was an excellent way to reduce bad cholesterol and honestly, taking it as directed, I had marvelous luck reducing my bad cholesterol. Now, it’s easy to blame the red yeast since I’ve never had a reaction to niacin and nothing else really changed in my daily habits save my new exercise routine, but why after more than a month? Why all of a sudden? Sadly, I have not found that answer.
I found a web site recommending that one NOT take red yeast rice and niacin together (not that I can find it now!), and then found several web sites offering a combination of red yeast rice and niacin supplements! What's up with that??
However, in an effort to save you the pain and suffering I experienced, I offer this:
A SIDENOTE: as I spoke to a co-worker recently, she said she’d prefer to just take a statin and avoid all the guessing games with which I am dealing ... me? I prefer to control my own health. Besides, statin drugs have their own issues ... popping one pill and hoping for the best just won’t work for me ... and if one were to read the statin drug insert one would discover you still have to monitor your diet and exercise.
Here are a couple more sites I found helpful:
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.