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Red Yeast Rice
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
 
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Description: Red yeast rice, the fermented product of rice on which red yeast (Monascus purpureus) is grown, is a supplement that's used to lower cholesterol. Historically, red yeast rice was described in ancient Chinese texts as an aid to improve circulation. Human studies have shown it to effectively reduce cholesterol levels.

Indications: High cholesterol

Precautions: Mild digestive upset may occur. It should be avoided by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, people with liver disease, and those on pharmaceutical cholesterol-lowering medications. It is recommended that coenzyme Q10 (10-200 mg daily) be supplemented while you take red yeast rice extract, as some researchers theorize that it may cause a deficiency of this nutrient.

Dosage: The dosage used in studies was 1.2 to 2.4 grams of red yeast rice standardized to 10 to 13.5 mg of monacolins. However, FDA regulations do not allow supplement manufacturers to list the concentration of monacolins in their products.

 
 
 
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1 Vitamin C   5 Soy Isoflavones
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