red yeast rice

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A rice, with a red-purple hue, resulting from fermentation with the mould Monascus purpureus. The rice is used in the Chinese kitchen primarily for its colour, the subtle differences in taste are generally lost on the average palate
Alternative—Chinese medicine Red yeast rice was first used in the Tang Dynasty in 800 A.D. to invigorate the body, aid in digestion, and remove 'blood blockages'
Cardiology Red yeast rice contains significant amounts of lovastatin, which reduces total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. Other health benefits in red yeast rice—based on recent mainstream medical literature—include reduced cardiovascular events and mortality in diabetes

red yeast rice,

n See monascus.
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Total cholesterol levels improved more in the red yeast rice group than in the placebo group.
Clinical studies of red yeast rice have shown reductions in LDL cholesterol of 18% to 42%, although each study has used a different red yeast rice preparation.
Many synthetic statins have been derived from red yeast rice and other naturally occurring phytochemicals," stated Robert Bowker, co-inventor of Cinnechol and President of Knock-Out Technologies, Ltd.
Comment: Red yeast rice contains a number of different statin-like compounds (called monacolins), including modest amounts of lovastatin.
Red yeast rice has been used in China for over 1200 years.
com first tested red yeast rice supplements in 2008.
Functional red yeast rice can accelerate blood circulation and food digestion.
ProTec Nutra will offer powder, granular and sustained release beadlet forms of both standard and organic Red Yeast Rice ingredients.
The only thing I had done differently was take Natures Plus Red Yeast Rice.
In fact, red yeast rice could be even more dangerous than prescription statins.
Monacolin-K, a compound found in standardized red yeast rice extract, is a naturally occurring statin.
However, the behavioral intervention delivered to the group receiving red yeast rice (which is available over the counter and contains naturally occurring lovastatin) and fish oil was astounding and not generalizable.