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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In numerous clinical trials, administration of red yeast rice significantly decreased serum total- and LDL-cholesterol levels.
Red yeast rice has also frequently associated to policosanols, also mildly inhibiting the HMGCoA reductase (Cicero and Ertek 2009).
A systematic review of xuezhikang, an extract from red yeast rice, for coronary heart disease complicated by dyslipidemia.
In recent years, with the improvement of people's lives and the development of science and technology, functional red yeast rice has been applied in a variety of food processing health care and other industries at home and abroad.
Red Yeast Rice, also known as Monascus Purpureus, was recently granted positive opinion for the reduction of blood LDL cholesterol by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).
I have read many of the trials and reports about Red Yeast Rice, which has proven to reduce cholesterol by up to 20% in six to eight weeks.
25,2010, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that levels of lovastatin varied significantly among 12 red yeast rice products.
I'm less than enthusiastic about red yeast rice, a popular over-the-counter cholesterol-lowering "natural" statin.
Q My statin causes muscle aches and pains and a friend suggested I switch to a natural supplement called red yeast rice.
Monacolin-K, a compound found in standardized red yeast rice extract, is a naturally occurring statin.
Study Medication and Dosage: Subjects received either Xuezhikang, a red yeast rice (RYR) extract, administered as 600 mg b.