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.
Red yeast rice
"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).
Study of the effects of Monacolin K and other constituents of red yeast rice
on obesity, insulin-resistance, hyperlipidemia, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis using a mouse model of metabolic syndrome.
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.
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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