Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news is heart disease can often be prevented with a combination of nutrition and lifestyle management.

From a nutritional perspective, nature has provided us with a variety of heart healthy remedies: turmeric and ginger to combat silent inflammation, fish oil for healthy triglycerides, celery and magnesium to support healthy blood pressure and the subject of today’s article, red yeast rice extract for healthy cholesterol.

Integrative medicine expert Andrew Weil, MD states, “Of all the natural supplements available to help lower cholesterol, red rice yeast extracts are by far the most effective. Red rice yeast is a source of naturally occurring statins, the same class of prescription drugs used to lower and control cholesterol…it is much less likely to cause the side effects that sometimes occur with the pharmaceutical versions.”

Two products that have really performed well for people I’ve spoken to are Vital Choice’s Red Yeast Rice Plus and Jarrow Formulas Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase.

Red Yeast Rice Plus from Vital Choice combines 600mg of organically grown red yeast rice with CoQ10, milk thistle and N-acetyl-cysteine to support liver health. It’s a great formula in an easy one-per-day dose. Red Yeast Rice + Nattokinase from Jarrow combines red yeast rice with nattokinase, an enzyme from the fermented food natto which has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots and help break up the plaque.

If you are concerned about your cholesterol, please stop in to Vital Choice and ask to speak with our Registered Dietitian or one of our Certified Experts. And as always, it’s best to include your doctor in your healthcare decisions.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.