Many people are nervous about starting statin therapy, but there are natural substances similar to statins that may also work to lower cholesterol. A susbtance that comes from sugar cane, called policosanol, may lower cholesterol with minimal side efects. Hawthorn is a berry that has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Red yeast rice has an active ingredient that is also found in statins and it is a powerful, natural cholesterol lowering supplement. Always talk to your doctor before taking supplements or herbs.
- Policosanol may also increase levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol).
- Policosanol has few known effects.
- Red yeast rice is chemically similar to Mevacor but may have fewer side effects.
- Neither policosanol nor red yeast rice is FDA-approved.