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Red Yeast Rice for Health

Red Yeast Rice for Health

What it is. A dietary staple in several Asian countries, red yeast rice has been used to treat gastric problems since 800 A.D.

Added Benefits. Substances in red yeast rice called monacolins may help lower cholesterol. Similar monacolin derivatives are used to make statin drugs. In fact, a large study of patients who had recently suffered heart attacks showed that red yeast rice extract reduced the risk of repeat attack by 45 percent and cardiovascular mortality by one-third. Likewise, research in 2008 suggested that a combination of lifestyle changes and supplementing with fish oil and red yeast rice may reduce LDL cholesterol by 42 percent. The research, however, did not indicate which component was responsible for lowering patients’ cholesterol.

How to take it. As a general rule, adults may take 1,200 mg of concentrated red yeast rice powder in capsules twice a day with food. Don’t take red yeast rice if you are taking immunosuppressants or lovastatin, or if you have liver disease. As with all supplements, talk with your health care provider before starting any supplement regimen.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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Thanks for the article!

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Thanks for the info.

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Thanks for sharing.

5:21AM PST on Feb 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:07PM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

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7:59AM PST on Dec 14, 2009

I have had significant LDL lowering by consuming 1/4 cp flax meal daily, along with almond butter and almond milk. My HDL stays above average by hiking mountain trails (2 miles) daily. My doctor is very pleased.

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