Cholesterol Management (Reese Pharmaceutical), Cholestin (Pharmanex), Cholestol (Nutura), CholesteSure (Natrol)
Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese food that is made by fermenting rice with red yeast. It has a reddish color and a slightly sour taste. Red yeast rice is used in Chinese cooking to add flavor to dishes, and it is also believed to have health benefits. Some studies have shown that red yeast rice can help lower cholesterol levels, and it may also help improve circulation and prevent heart disease. Red yeast rice is available in Asian markets and online. It should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Side Effects and Precautions
Red yeast rice may cause stomach upset, heartburn, and diarrhea. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, and skin rash. If you take red yeast rice and experience any of these side effects, stop taking it and see your doctor. Red yeast rice may interact with certain medications, so be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications. Red yeast rice is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Red yeast rice has been used in China for centuries as both a food and a medicine. It’s made by fermenting red rice with various strains of the Monascus purpureus fungus.
Red yeast rice contains compounds that are similar to statin drugs. These compounds can help lower cholesterol levels by blocking the production of cholesterol in the liver. Red yeast rice may also improve circulation and prevent heart disease.
Red yeast rice is available in Asian markets and online. It should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Mechanism of Action
Red yeast rice contains compounds known as monacolins, which are structurally similar to the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin (Mevacor). Monacolins inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that is responsible for cholesterol production in the liver.
Dosage and Preparation
Red yeast rice is available in capsules, tablets, and powder form. It can also be found in some Chinese cooking wines. There is no standard dose of red yeast rice, so it’s important to follow the directions on the product you’re using. Red yeast rice should be taken with food.
There is no information on overdosages of red yeast rice.