I'll be totally honest, I don't completely understand why statins should be avoided. I know that they CAN cause myalgia and even rhabdomyolysis due to break down of muscle tissue, and I know that they CAN be bad for your liver, but is that true for all people? Or are we talking about special populations like the elderly?
I thought I had read that red yeast rice was only effective when it first came out because they were adding lovastatin to it, but that it was not an effective statin by itself. Would it be safe then to assume that if it does not provide any of the benefits of statins that it would not come with any of the negative effects of statins?
I can't get over all the mixed information out there on it. I read one study claiming it as a miracle drug only to find it linked to an article about why red yeast rice is dangerous.