5 Ways to Make New Friends After 50. Here are several steps that can make the process of forging new friendships a bit easier. Volunteer, community, and religious groups as well as lifelong learning classes are other places to find people with interests like yours who may also be looking for new friends. Make the first (and second) move If you feel a spark when chatting with a new person, or just want to continue the conversation, don’t be shy about asking for an email or phone number. “Just say yes,” to invitations from new individuals or groups. Be alert for social connectors It’s a good idea to mention to people that you’re looking for more social connections. Just as some people fancy themselves to be matchmakers, others have a special talent for connecting people and the generosity of heart to share friends. I was fortunate to meet such a person, and she introduced me to a number of interesting people. “Seeing each other often develops a kind of affection and shared experience,” Beizer says. “It’s the fastest way to get to know people.” If you see people regularly at an activity you all enjoy, you’re much more likely to find friendship and the health boost that can come with it.
Q. Can I use red yeast rice to lower my cholesterol?
A. A traditional Chinese medicine, red yeast rice—created by combining rice with strains of red yeast—is touted as a way to lower cholesterol and lipid levels.
Red yeast rice contains a substance called monacolin K, the active ingredient in the cholesterol lowering drug lovastatin.
However, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests on a variety of consumer red yeast rice brands revealed that some supplements contained significant amounts of monacolin K and others just traces. Even worse, some products contained the toxic chemical citrinin,…