Red Yeast Rice

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red yeast rice

Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice is a food product created by fermenting rice with a strain of red yeast.

It’s sometimes referred to as Monascus rice or, in Chinese, Hung-chu or Hong-Qu.

It’s been used for a long time in China and Japan as a food and as a remedy for digestive ailments and poor circulation.

More recently, red yeast rice extract, taken in supplement form, has been found to reduce cholesterol levels and to improve the ratio of HDL (“good cholesterol”) to LDL (“bad cholesterol”).

A study conducted by the University of California – Los Angeles, School of Medicine found people who took red yeast rice and ate a low-fat diet reduced their overall cholesterol levels by an average of 40 points over 12 weeks.

The extract contains a number of cholesterol-lowering compounds known as statins.

One of these is lovastatin, a substance also sold as a prescription drug under the brand name Mevacor.

Lovastatin lowers cholesterol by inhibiting the action of a particular enzyme, which in turn limits the rate your body produces cholesterol.

Studies have shown statins to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart attack.

Unlike prescription products, red yeast rice extract has shown no serious adverse side effects in clinical trials.

Smaller amounts of lovastatin from a plant as opposed to drugs are needed to be effective.

This is because it’s thought the natural compounds in the plant work synergistically with the active ingredient.

Merck, which sells Mevacor, asked the FDA to ban red yeast rice extract.

The FDA considered Merck’s request, but decided to allow companies to continue to sell it.

However, the FDA did mandate there can’t be any mention of lowering cholesterol levels or reducing heart disease risk.

Check with your health care professional before using red yeast rice.

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