red yeast rice extract


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.

red yeast rice extract

A dietary herbal supplement derived from the mold Monascus purpureus. It contains 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors, is similar to the prescription drug lovastatin, has similar effects and side effects (including muscle injury with elevation of serum creatine kinase levels), and is promoted for its effect in lowering serum cholesterol and triglyceride. Synonym: Chinese red rice

CAUTION!

Side effects can include dizziness, gastritis, heartburn, flatulence, and elevated hepatic enzymes. It is chemically related to the statin class of cholesterol-lowering medications.
See also: extract
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Dietary supplements containing red yeast rice extract and policosanols has also been successfully employed in hypercholesterolemic children (Guardamagna et al.
The treatment of hypercholesterolemic children: efficacy and safety of a combination of red yeast rice extract and policosanols.
Aging individuals who want to lower their blood lipid levels and C-reactive protein (CRP) number may be able to achieve similar benefits with standardized red yeast rice extract, beta-sitosterol, pantethine, policosanol, and niacin.