Lower your cholestrol


 Can you combine Beta Glucan with red yeast to lower cholestrol?

 

Yes,

Both Beta Glucan and Red Yeast Rice are generally very safe supplements and would not pose a problem if combined together.  Beta glucan is thought to lower cholesterol levels by binding it in the gut and helping with excretion through the bowels. 

Red yeast rice contains a compound that blocks cholesterol synthesis in the liver.  As a precautionary note, that same compound that blocks cholesterol synthesis also blocks the production of a very important nutrient called CoQ10.  CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant and is a primary player in the body's process of making energy.  For this reason I suggest all people taking Red yeast rice supplements to also supplement with 60-100mg of CoQ10 every day. 

 



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