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
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in keeping with its unfortunate habit of blocking the availability of safe and effective natural substances, has ruled that red yeast rice products that provide 4 mg per day or more of lovastatin are unapproved drugs, rather than dietary supplements.
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"If used according to their suggested serving sizes, only two of the nine red yeast rice supplements we tested would provide amounts of lovastatin known to lower cholesterol," said ConsumerLab President Tod Cooperman, MD.
However, red yeast rice is not without its drawbacks.
Red yeast rice has also frequently associated to policosanols, also mildly inhibiting the HMGCoA reductase (Cicero and Ertek 2009).
A ConsumerLab review of red yeast rice products available since the FDA ban in 2011 tested products marketed in the United States and found variable amounts of lovastatin.
The chromatogram and UV spectrum of red yeast rice revealed 4 peaks with a similar spectrum of monacolin K.
Nottingham, United Kingdom, July 19, 2012 --( A complete range of EFSA approved Red Yeast Rice ingredients have been developed by ProTec Nutra for use in Food Supplements & the Fortification of Food products.
I decided before I used the GP, to try to reduce my cholesterol naturally by taking a product called Red Yeast Rice capsules.
Chinese red yeast rice inhibition of prostate tumor growth in SCID mice.
25,2010, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that levels of lovastatin varied significantly among 12 red yeast rice products.